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  • The Scriptorium

    8/16/2005

    Winter Break to Christmas Break…then back again

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 8:44 pm

    In a bold move marked with constitutional awareness and a disregard for the political correctness favored by an extremist minority, the Kitsap County (Washington) School Board voted in May to change the name of “Winter Break” back to the original “Christmas Break.” In a recent display of spinelessness, the school board caved to pressure from the extremist minority and reversed itself – changing the name back to “Winter Break.”

    Christmas has long been a federal holiday in the United States, as codified in Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. 6103). Christmas is also a state paid holiday in Washington State. Culturally, Christmas has been long recognized as a time for vacations and family togetherness, in addition to religious observances. It is part of the historical and cultural fabric of the United States, even when separated from its religious significance. To not recognize this is the most extreme form of political correctness. This move is simply another example of the extremist anti-Christian left’s successful campaign against any public acknowledgment of all things Christian.

    In the interest of fairness, let’s apply political correctness to other holidays:

    Labor Day – the first holiday for many in the school year, this can remain as-is. Many labor unions have had (or still have) socialist ties and/or objectives.
    Columbus Day – Nope, this has to go. Christopher Columbus was a bad man who oppressed the native Americans.
    Halloween – This is okay to celebrate so long as we keep the focus on the pagan aspect. Paganism is a minority religious tradition that should be taught and cherished in schools.
    Thanksgiving – NOPE! Gotta go. This holiday is politically incorrect on two levels. First, it forces vulnerable students to feel they must give thanks to a higher power. This defies educational humanism. Secondly, this hearkens to the white pilgrims who exploited the Native Americans who welcomed them.
    Christmas – discussed above.
    New Years Day – This is okay. Drunken debauchery is a matter of personal choice.
    Martin Luther King Day – Suprisingly, we’re going to have to nix this holiday. This celebrates the birthday of REVEREND Martin Luther King. We cannot celebrate the life of any member of the clergy.
    Presidents’ Day – This jointly celebrates the birthdays of President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. President Washington had slaves. This holiday must go, or be dedicated solely to President Lincoln.
    St. Patrick’s Day – This isn’t a day off, but is often celebrated in the classroom. Have our teachers forgotten that “St.” is an abbreviation for “Saint”? Obviously a violation of the separation of church and state, which we all know is in the constitution. Ignore this holiday, or call it “Green Beer Day.”
    April Fool’s Day – Once again, not a day off, but often noted in schools (and in the workplace). The name should be changed as it can offend the intellectually or judgmentally impaired.
    Good Friday/Easter – Time off is not given, but no mention should be made of this holiday in schools. Church & State, Church & State!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!
    Memorial Day – This day celebrates the needless deaths of Americans sent to fight wars and kill children. Or… it celebrates as martyrs the baby killers we call soldiers. Therefore, this should not be celebrated.
    Independence Day – For those in summer school… Independence Day pressures children to display patriotism and nationalistic flag-waving. This should at least be toned down.

    Oviously, this list above was tongue-in-cheek, but is it so unbelievable if we’re willing to ignore the real reason for the “winter break”?

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