Public schools continue to be a battleground in the culture war, as the education establishment – composed primarily of leftists bent on political correctness – gains more ground.
This strain treats Christianity and its holidays as a pariah, while embracing Muslim holidays.
The Hillsboro, Oregon school board just held a vote on what to call the time off school around Christmas and New Years. It had traditionally been called “Christmas Break.” But new calendars, produced by school staff, changed it to “Winter Break.” The school board voted 4-3 to call it “Christmas Break.” From OregonLive.com:
“[School board member] Janeen Sollman said winter break ‘respects everyone in the community. This isn't about religion, it boils down to respect.’
“Later, Hillsboro Education Association president Kathy Newman sided with Sollman and reminded the school board that equity is among its goals and ‘the district calendar should reflect that.’”
Further up the Pacific coast, a high school sophomore explained to a local radio stationthat the term “Easter eggs” could no longer be used because the administration preferred “spring spheres.”
Is this a joke? Is America being Punk’d?
No, the trend caught on elsewhere in Seattle. The parks department had several listingsfor “Spring Egg Hunts” all over the city. The word “Easter” has been wiped off the site.
But never fear: one religion, Islam, is being protected – and in fact gaining ground – in American public schools. The Boston Globe reports:
“But beginning next year, Cambridge public schools will attempt to make it easier for Muslim students to honor their highest holy days.
“In a move that school officials believe is the first of its kind in the state, Cambridge will close schools for one Muslim holiday each year beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.