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The Lie of Christmas: Are You a ‘Believer’?

"You can't go around telling everybody the truth!"

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Rhonda Robinson

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December 21, 2013 - 1:25 pm
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“Are you a believer?”

If you asked me that question, my immediate response would be a resounding “yes.” I’ve been a “believer” since age 16. Although, I would have automatically assumed you were talking about believing in Christ.

But when a teacher recently asked her class of six year olds about their beliefs, she was definitely not talking about Christianity. It all started while reading a Christmas book aloud ; she posed the question of “believing” to the class.

Unfortunately, six-year-old Joy answered honestly: ”No.”

She explained that in her family they celebrate Jesus — Santa’s not real. The teacher immediately summoned the first grader for a private conference at her desk (in front of the entire class). There Joy was reprimanded and told it didn’t matter what was taught at home; there they believed in Santa.

Later that day Joy went home and told her mother, “I felt like I was going to cry. But it’s OK, I kept my smile on.”

An email soon went out to parents, presumably of both “believers and non-believers.”

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But this was an opinion that came from one of the children in her classroom, not the teacher herself. Her job was to moderate the discussion, not try to steer the kids toward one belief or another. She overstepped her role.
40 weeks ago
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Sometime fiction is the perfect lens to view reality. Terry Pratchett nailed this one in Hogfather:
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“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
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Yes, I imply to my children that there is a Santa Claus, but I do not belabor the tale. And when they figure out the truth, I will not double down on the fiction. I will praise them.
40 weeks ago
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Maybe what should be done is to communicate to this incompetent public employee that one does not ask children questions if there is a fair chance they give an honest answer that she isn't look for.
40 weeks ago
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Dingbat teacher! There ain't no right way to do wrong, Teach. You solicited numerous parents to make their kids lie; or to withold the truth . Thats wrong. And its a lie that, in school, the class believes in Santa. The lack of logic in Teach's argument indicates a lack of intellect. Perhaps she might be better fitted for gracing a showroom window in a red cap and beard.
39 weeks ago
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Here's a bit of a surprise: no one here has yet asked the critical question. And that is, how come this teacher has classroom time to waste discussing Santa with the kiddies in the first place? Doesn't she have the three Rs to teach, or some mandated testing to teach to?

Something strongly suggests that the many other countries in which students' academic achievement regularly outstrips that of the US are not wasting time on Santa in the classroom.
39 weeks ago
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You are all warped. I'm not a Christian, but I do promote Santa. The teacher was only wrong in bring up the subject of belief at that age. I'd rather explain it to my kid and I did have to deal with my son coming home in tears due to a kid telling him Santa was not real. Isn;t it hypocritical to lecutre us on Santa when you claim Christmas celebrates the day of the birth of Jesus, when it was not anywhere close to the date of 25 Dec?

Santa is as real as YOU believe. The secret is that Santa is not the omnipotent omniscient elf of lore, but a historical figure and now mythological creature who is aided and abetted by parents and other believers across the world.

It's the Christians who co-opted a pagan holiday celebrating the winter solstice in order to make it easier to absorb new believers.

So if you don't like Santa, fine. But given the choice, I'll take Santa over Jesus - it's easier to believe.
39 weeks ago
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Ahh 'Thanks' for your honesty. Not to mention childish ad hominem.

Going with the, what'd you write.. that's right - EASIER.. easier to believe route.

Emotion is easier than dealing with the sometimes difficult albeit real honest to goodness truth.

Imo THAT'S 'warped'.

Good day
39 weeks ago
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I'm not surprised by this teacher's buffoonery. Her NEA unionista's manipulate, ingrained into her & other weak minded, working for the week-end 'educators' to abhor and deter others, regardless of age to conform, stay asleep and go along with the nonsense the emotive-led collective peddles. Truth is inconsequential for these punks.

This past Christmas season, every home I'd seen displaying a Christian/ nativity themed scene there was hundreds more with fictional, nonsensical 'Christmas' displays, images this teacher and like-minded fools support.

The aforementioned ONLY sell the lie of Christmas. Regardless of age. Critical thinking, questioning 'the norm'.. IOW real 'progressivism' would destroy the P C, Illiberal devolving ethos.

Besides for this teacher it's 'totally' worth selling the collective fictional Christmas narrative for she needn't want to lose her annual 2+ weeks paid vacation.. sad but true.
40 weeks ago
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What about the child's First Amendment rights to speak the truth as she sees it and to believe whatever she wants?

Belief in a magic fairy traveling at C+ speeds around the world dropping off presents to children who please him sounds an awful lot like a religion. Saying "this is what the class believes", in opposition to 99.99+% of adult's beliefs sounds an awful lot like she's requiring belief in an established religion.

Of course, if you really want to shut the teacher up, send Joy to school in a Burkha and have her call the teacher a preacher of Christian fantasies in opposition to the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

The teacher won't get fired, because she'll die of Politically Correct embarrassment first.
40 weeks ago
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Rhonda,,
Why are you so concerned with teaching our children the truth about Santa Claus when you lie to them about the correct day of the year when JESUS CHRIST was born? You also hide eggs and lie about Easter. Christ was born on September 29th the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. He was conceived on December 25th . It can be easily documented in the WORD and once you have eyes to see you will understand that the Passover, Feast of Weeks and Feast of Tabernacles are all related to HIM.
40 weeks ago
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I challenge you to document your silly claims. What say?
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
If the teacher opened this can of worms, by asking each individual child if he or she believed in Santa Claus, then she has only herself to blame -- and she had no business asking the parents to cover for her.

A reasonable discussion to have, even with six-year-olds, would be to explain that some people believe in Santa Claus, and others do not. (Did she have no non-Christians in her class?) She could then go on to say that we want to respect people whose beliefs are different from ours -- people can be good people and good friends, even when they believe differently from us.

There was no need to get into an existential crisis about whether Santa Claus does, or does not, exist. Nor was this classroom the place to draw a line in the sand and decide where, and how, this battle would be fought. It's not a teacher's job to defend Santa Claus. (If that were a teacher's job, what, in fact, would non-Christian teachers do?)
40 weeks ago
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When did the Grinch change his name to Rhonda?
40 weeks ago
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I can't honestly say I ever believed in Santa Claus. To me, Santa Claus was more a state of mind that children might be taught it's a time to share gifts with others. Unfortunately, the lessons did not "take" in far too many young minds, or adults for that matter. The proof of that is watching some child throw a tantrum when "Santa" didn't bring them the present they wanted and adults trying to spoil your day because they don't believe the way you do. Misery loves company. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ as celebrated by Christians. I believe there are some other religious holidays associated with this time of year, so celebrate away.

I prefer Thanksgiving, it's a time to be with your family and friends, share good food and friendship. Other than being with those you love, gifts are not required.

Having said that, Merry Christmas to all, may your days be filled with joy.
40 weeks ago
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Louis Armstrong - White Christmas


White Christmas by Irvin Berlin From Record Louis Armstrong Friends What a Wonderful Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jx0yDTrot4
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