While there is no doubt that our world is getting a little too Politically Correct for some, should we be tiptoeing around in order to avoid hurting other people’s feelings, especially when it comes to our traditions and beliefs? For some that might be the case as a school in Brooklyn has decided to ban the words “Christmas and Santa Claus” in order to avoid offending anyone.
And you know what? I’m automatically offended here.
According to the Daily Mail
, Principal Eujin Jaela Kim, 33, of PS 169 has outlawed angels, Santa and stars in decorations. What’s more,Santa Claus has been designated an ‘other religious figure’ by staff in the Brooklyn primary school (if you want to get into specifics I’m sure we could but this is just plain ridiculous). Here’s a little more:
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,’ she told the New York Post. In place of holidays with religious symbolism, children at PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn were instead encouraged to celebrate a ‘harvest festival instead of Thanksgiving or a winter celebration instead of a Christmas party’ by assistant principal Jose Chaparro.
A memo last month from Mr Chaparro urged staff to ‘be sensitive of the diversity of our families. Not all children celebrate the same holidays.’
Say what you will about Christmas, but why change Thanksgiving? Before you know it summer will be called “the warm time” at this school, too.
I know a lot of people are going to have differing opinions about this, but I’ll say that this has more to do with tradition than religion. And since when is it deemed insulting or offensive to learn or participate in someone else’s traditions? In this case it doesn’t seem like the principal’s political correctness is legislating tolerance because in fact it’s doing quite the opposite.