To help government institutions and public schools manage issues raised during the winter holiday season, the Anti-Defamation League provides counsel surrounding December celebrations.
Founded in 1913, the ADL is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism. The organization sent letters to public school superintendents and governmental officials about how to manage the “December Dilemma.”
“The letters forwarded to school districts throughout the state explain how they can adhere to the U.S. Constitution while ‘creating a school environment that celebrates diversity by respecting differing points of view concerning religion,’” according to a statement from the organization.
Issues highlighted and explained include:
*The difference between practicing religion and teaching about religion
* Guidelines for holiday assemblies, concerts and other public school activities where religious themes or music may be performed
*Choosing appropriate holiday activities and symbols to decorate school grounds