The Millard School Board in Omaha, Nebraska, voted against renaming the winter break “Christmas break" on March 21.
Board member Paul Meyer, a Christian, was upset that Dec. 25, 2017, through Jan. 5, 2018 was not called "Christmas break" on the school calendar.
Meyer told the board that he was “a little bit tired of a minute minority in this country that keeps pushing Christmas out, keep pushing God out, keep pushing Christ out, when the majority is still a Judeo-Christian country," notes the Omaha World-Herald.
“I would like to make a motion that we rename this period Christmas break, and those atheists who don’t like it can crawl back into their hellhole, because I, for one, will not put my Lord, my God, aside for a few atheists,” Meyer added. “And if they don’t like it, the ACLU doesn’t like it, the heck with them.”
Despite Meyer's Christian appeal, he was voted down 3-1, reports KETV.
The board went on to vote for the school calendar without any specific name for the winter break, but Meyer voted against it.
While many Christians celebrate Christmas, the Bible never mentions the holiday or calls on Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Mike Kennedy, the board president, told Meyer that he and the other board members are “very religious,” and that not supporting Meyer's motion didn't mean that they were atheists.
“I do know, as a Catholic, I have no problem the way the calendar is,” Kennedy stated. “I celebrate Christmas. I know other people on this board do too. People are free to celebrate what they want to believe.”
“I don’t think anyone’s trying to take away Christmas from any child,” Kennedy added.
“I, too, am tired of the political correctness that seems to be circulating in every part of our lives today,” board member Mike Pate said. “And you know what, I still say ‘Merry Christmas.’ I still say ‘Merry Christmas.’ If it offends people, I apologize for that. I’m not doing it to offend people. But I’m a Christian.”