From The Gathering Storm

Here’s another example of our ‘learned’ leaders in education willing to sacrifice our traditions on the altar of political correctness and multiculturalism.

So long Halloween parade. Farewell Santa’s gift shop.

The long-celebrated holiday traditions are facing elimination in some Oak Lawn schools this year after complaints 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.

Parents expect the announcement to add to the tension that’s been building since school administrators agreed earlier this month to change the lunch menu to exclude items containing pork to accommodate Muslim students. News that Jell-O was struck from the menu caused such a stir that officials since have agreed to bring the popular dessert back.

Jello?! Is anti-Islamic?

That controversy appears to have been dwarfed by the holiday debate, which became so acrimonious Wednesday that police were called to Columbus Manor to intervene in a shouting match among parents.

“It got heated,” Division Chief Mike Kaufmann said of the disturbance call.

“It’s difficult when you change the school’s culture,” said Columbus Manor School Principal Sandy Robertson, who predicts the holiday changes will be even tougher to stomach than the thought of losing Jell-O.

School culture? Wait a minute. Whose culture do they want to change? What ever happened to our American Judeo-Christian culture?

Robertson is hoping to strike some compromises that will keep traditions alive and be culturally acceptable to all students – nearly half of whom are of Arab descent at Columbus Manor, she says. Just fewer than one-third of students district-wide are Arabic, according to Smyth (though all Arabs are not Muslims and all Muslims are not Arabs).

This is a bunch of PC BS. If a certain ethnic or religious group wants to keep t heir traditions a live – open up and fund yourself a private school. But that’s not good enough for Muslims. To be inclusive they need to pick the pockets of the infidels.

Following the example of Lieb Elementary School, Columbus Manor will exchange the annual Halloween parade for a fall festival next month; kids still can wear costumes, but only in the classroom. 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 occur on a Saturday.

Such compromises, however, don’t appear to be a crowd-pleaser – at least initially.

Parents such as Donna Carvelli, who has two students enrolled at Columbus Manor, are in an uproar about the news.

“These are important traditions, and they’re for everybody,” she said. “I just want everything to be left the way it is.”

Zahdan says the changes have been noted but don’t go far enough.

“The title changed, but the theme is the same,” she said pointing to the annual holiday gift shop as a half-hearted attempt at cultural sensitivity.

All reference to the Judeo-Christian culture must be erased to make Muslims feel included (to the un-inclusion of everyone else) to make them feel comfortable.

All students may have been invited, but any message of inclusiveness was drowned out by the Christmas music last year, she said.

Interesting remark by the Muslim. “Drowned out by the Christmas music”. Makes you sick doesn’t it?

“We want the school to be neutral for everybody,” Zahdan said. “These children are all American and should be treated equally.”

Meaning let’s get rid of what is American and replace it with what is Islamic. The nose is in the kefir’s tent. The whole camel will soon follow, folks.

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