Saturday, December 10, 2005

Christianity out at Grimsdyke School

UK: Multicult at its finest.

"There is no carol service this year and no visit from the local vicar, who says he has not been invited to talk to the children for a long time. Instead there was a whole-school assembly, to which parents were not invited, entitled "Festivals of Light - a Seasonal Celebration", which covered four religions. The head teacher says the decision reflects the "multi-faith" nature of the school in Harrow, an affluent suburb in north London. Christian parents, however, say fewer than one in four of the pupils is from the ethnic minorities and separate assemblies were held for three other faiths, all with visiting speakers. "Our son has come home and told us all about Diwali and Eid, which is fine, but Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ and there seems to be nothing about that, " said the father of a five-year-old pupil. "He's confused about the different stories he hears and if we're not careful the school will give him the impression that Christmas is important to Christians only because we get a lot of cards and presents." The row at Grimsdyke First and Middle School is not unique. More and more schools are dropping nativity plays and Christian worship for fear of offending pupils and their parents from different faiths. The trend appears to have accelerated this year after the London bombings."
This is exactly what the Archbishop quote on the sidebar is all about, spit on the majority while celebrating in gusto everyone else. It also shows that self-censorship has entered the equation and with the educational "elites" playing down and sucking up is the new way to go.
"Judith Luckraft, the head teacher of the school, which gets some of the best results in the borough, says it was decided to replace the nativity play with a four-faith assembly because the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the Muslims' Eid ul Fitr, and the Hindu celebration of Diwali all fell at about the same time. The assembly was divided into four covering all the faiths but the longest time was spent on Christianity, Miss Luckraft said. "We sang one song for each of the three faiths and four for the Christmas story, including We Three Kings and Away in a Manger," she said. "We have a fair ethnic mix here and while I would always wish to endorse the Christian nature of the school, I have to recognise the very real faiths of our population here. "I try to find a story with a moral which appeals to the whole range, particularly at Christmas time."
This dilution of Christmas, the meaning of the season and not treating it as important as minority religions. This is a poor excuse, if you can find the time to have exclusive shows for other religion, there is no reason to lump Christmas with everything else just because others are going on at the same time. This is pandering at its worst.

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