Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Diversity for all, except if you celebrate Christmas

Culture: Then you are screwed.

SEATTLE -- Two suburban school districts have had to do some backtracking over holiday religious issues, one for lunch menus with the words "Merry Christmas" and the other for a "giving tree." In Federal Way, between Seattle and Tacoma, December lunch menus for all 23 elementary schools were recalled and reprinted with the words "Happy Holidays" at a cost of $494 after a new nutrition services employee mistakenly prepared them with the greeting "Merry Christmas," spokeswoman Diane Turner said. The 11,500 misworded calendar-style menus were never distributed and were recycled, Turner added. Using "Merry Christmas" on the menus violated school system policies because "it has a religious connotation for some people," Turner said. "Our objective is to provide information to the diversity of the people that we have in our district," she said. "We try to respect each individuals point of view."
By respect, she means except for those Christians/Catholics. In Houston, mulitcult claims another Christmas staple.
HOUSTON -- At least one mother of a northwest Harris County elementary student was not looking forward to attending a school Christmas performance after learning Christmas had been removed from the lyrics of a song, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday. Officials with the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District were not aware of the changes made to the traditional Christmas song, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," until KPRC Local 2 called Tuesday inquiring about the lyric changes. District officials said Moore Elementary School's music director did not write the song, but chose a jazzy adaptation of the popular English Christmas carol, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," to reflect the multicultural and multiethnic performance. The new song, titled "We Wish You A Swinging Holiday," does not mention Christmas at all. "I thought it was horrible. I was stunned. I could not believe that they took a song like that and changed it," said the student's mother, Karen Morlock. A spokeswoman for the district said the Christmas performance is not meant to be religious.
A swinging holiday? It would be better if they just drop the song.

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