Sometimes, it really astonishes me that ostensibly highly-educated people can’t seem to figure out that no matter what you say and/or do, you’re eventually going to offend somebody. I mean, just look at the number of things school administrators have banned for the sake of ‘not offending’ people; bans which, of course, offended people.
Like this example: Todd Starnes points us to Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Connecticut, where the headmaster, in the spirit of not giving offense, banned Christmas trees and Santa Claus as door decorations in the school. Why? Simple:
“We don’t want somebody to be offended,” he said. ‘We try to make sure that everybody understands the need for respect and diversity.”People with even a modicum of sense will already imagine the reaction: yep, folks were offended by the headmaster’s disrespect of those diverse people who think Santa and a decorated pine tree have any holiday meaning.
What else did the headmaster have to say?
“It is the policy of the Board of Education that no religious belief or non-belief will be promoted by the district or its employees and none will be disparaged.”Did you see that? The headmaster hung some kind of religious significance on Santa and Christmas trees. Really? Never heard of Santa being a religious figure; if a Christmas tree has any kind of religious significance, I’d imagine it would be some kind of pagan Solstice-type religion.
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“There is room in the policy for classroom and school decorations but they should have no direct religious meaning,” he told me.
“Anytime there is a preponderance of any particular holiday, you don’t want people to feel excluded. It’s really a lesson in respect. It’s a lesson in community.”Unless, of course, that holiday is actually considered a ‘holy day’ – then you can exclude and disrespect all those people who happen to think it’s a ‘holy day’, don’t ya know?
“Something like a wreath or candy canes or holly have no direct religious meaning so they would be allowed under the district policy,” he said. "But others may say that a Christmas tree would not exist unless you were talking about Christmas and they make the leap to the religious observance.”So, a Christmas tree – a decorated pine or fir tree – is distinctly Christmas, but holly, wreaths, and candy canes aren’t? Then how come it’s so hard to find a Fourth of July wreath, or a box of Labor Day candy canes, or a chunk of ivy-wrapped Thanksgiving holly? And, again, just like the Christmas tree, if holly and wreaths have religious significance, it’s a pagan religious significance; as for candy canes and Santa, well, neither of them have religious significance, as far as I know (f anyone knows differently, please let me know).
Oh, and guess what else is potentially offensive? The colors red and green, Thanksgiving and Columbus Day, ‘Easter’, and pork (of course, that last one really does have religious significance).
It’s ridiculous, the contortions ‘authority’ figures will put themselves through in order not to offend, only to end up offending, anyway.