Tea Baggers Demand Mandatory Xmas Carols Initiative seeks to force Calif. schools to offer festive music By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Dec 11, 2009 2:33 AM CST 75 comments Comments A California woman is seeking a ballot initiative to make Christmas carols mandatory at the state's schools. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin) (Newser) – Members of the Tea Party movement are fighting to force California schoolchildren to sing Christmas carols. Substitute teacher Merry Hyatt has partnered with churches to gain signatures for the ballot initiative, which would require children to either sing or perform Christmas songs at school. Penalties would be imposed on schools that don't comply. "Bottom line is Christmas is about Christmas," the president of the local Tea Party Patriots tells the Redding Record Searchlight. "That's why we have it. It's not about winter solstice or Kwanzaa." An analyst at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, however, says the proposal hasn't got a snowball's chance. "I have two words to say about Ms. Hyatt's proposal: blatantly unconstitutional," he noted.