Monday, December 14, 2015

No war on Christmas.

Why does the Left find American traditions so offensive and dangerous.

//Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited. “Harvest festival” has replaced Thanksgiving, and “winter celebrations” substitute for Christmas parties.

New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of teachers and parents.

“We definitely can’t say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,” PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. “No angels. We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David.”

Kim, 33, did not return a call or email seeking comment.

A memo last month from assistant principal Jose Chaparro suggested a “harvest festival instead of Thanksgiving or a winter celebration instead of a Christmas party.” He urged staff to “be sensitive of the diversity of our families. Not all children celebrate the same holidays.”

Ninety-five percent of the 1,600 kids at PS 169 are Asian or Hispanic.//

And the last thing we want is to fit them into an American culture that celebrates Christmas and Thanksgiving and the Pledge of Allegiance.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Speaking for all the socially liberal fiscally conservative voters out there, I'd point our that Wikipedia describes Santa Claus as:

"Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Santy, or simply Santa is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of good children on 24 December, the night before Christmas Day. The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the British figure of Father Christmas, the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, and Saint Nicholas, the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may also have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky.

Since the 20th century, in an idea popularized by the 1934 song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior ("naughty" or "nice") and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the flying reindeer who pull his sleigh.[4][5] He is commonly portrayed as living at the North Pole and saying "ho ho ho" often."

That's a tradition I can take or leave, and I don't really care to see public school resources spent on furthering this particular "tradition" and many like it. Nor do I personally spend any time arguing about whether Starbucks should have snowflakes on their annual Holiday / Christmas cups. In fact, I don't care if they call them "holiday cups" or "Christmas cups." And I don't think mindless repetitive recitation of a pledge has much of anything to do with fealty to a country and its fundamental principles. I do like the concept of giving thanks, so I can't say why some people avoid calling it Thanksgiving. Maybe its some christians insisting that there is no basis for morality outside of Christ, but I'm not really sure. Seems to me if more people like yourself chose to teach in and run public schools instead of being lawyers, then people like yourself could have more say over what goes on in said public schools.

That's my straight forward answer.

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