It seems that Sandy Robertson, the principal at the Columbus Manor School in Oak Lawn, Illinois finds it â€œdifficult when you change the schools cultureâ€.
This in response to the heated controversy â€“ police had to be called the Columbus Manor School to intervene in a shouting match among parents â€“ over a decision to deleted the annual Halloween parade and Santaâ€™s gift shop this year.
This is on the heels of a decision by Ridgeland School District 122, that Columbus Manor is part of, to exclude Jello from the lunch menu because of complaints from Muslim parents. Gelatin is often made with tissue or bones of pigs or other animals.
This from an article by Angela Caputo of the Daily Southtown. The story itself is not longer available at the newspaperâ€™s site.
First Jell-O, now Santa
OAK LAWN | School district considers banning traditions seen as offensive to Muslims
September 28, 2007
BY ANGELA CAPUTO Daily Southtown
So long, Halloween parade. Farewell, Santa’s gift shop.
The holiday traditions are facing elimination in some Oak Lawn schools this year after complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students.
Final decisions on which of the festivities will be axed will fall to the principals at each of Ridgeland School District 122′s five schools, Supt. Tom Smyth said.
“It’s difficult when you change the school’s culture,” said Columbus Manor Principal Sandy Robertson.
Sandy Robertson doesnâ€™t realize how true her statement is. The multiculturalism crowd is trying to change our culture through the process of exclusion â€“ not inclusion. And what getâ€™s excluded always seems to be the Judeo-Christian culture. Why is that when the libs make the change to accommodate a complaint is to drop their draws, raise the white flag of political correctness and surrender to the squeakiest wheel. Even the person who complained didnâ€™t realize the spineless leftists that she was dealing with.
Elizabeth Zahdan, a mother of three District 122 students, says she took her concerns to the school board this month, not because she wanted to do away with the traditions, but rather to make them more inclusive. “I only wanted them modified to represent everyone,” she said.
Ms. Zahdan, please understand that your request for Muslim inclusion will almost always result in another cultureâ€™s exclusion when officials are faced with lesser of two evils. That is to say, who would be offended least.
Nixing them isn’t the response she was looking for. “Now the kids are not being educated about other people,” she said.
By â€˜other peopleâ€™ she means our dominant culture. The administrationâ€™s excuse is for their action is this.
There’s just not time in the six-hour school day to celebrate every holiday, said Smyth, who sent the message to principals that they need to “tone down” the activities that he sees as eating too much into instructional time. “We have to think about our purpose,” Smyth said. “Are we about teaching reading, writing and math or for parties or fund-raising during the day?”
Following the example of Lieb Elementary School, Columbus Manor School will exchange the annual Halloween parade for a fall festival next month. The holiday gift bazaars at both schools also will remain, but they’ll likely be moved to the PTA-sponsored after-school winter festival. And Santa’s annual visit probably will be on a Saturday.
People are starting to get angry in this country seeing their culture under assault by one group of people who just canâ€™t seem to assimilate into a country they chose to live in.
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