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School Considers Holiday Name Changes
arklatex ^ | 09/29/07 | arklatexchannel

Posted on 09/30/2007 9:04:27 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3

Some parents of students enrolled in an Illinois school district are upset that traditional school holidays may be renamed or eliminated. Instead of celebrating Halloween, students would celebrate "fall festival." Instead of Christmas, it would be called a "winter festival." The move came after school officials fielded complaints from a parent who is Arabic. Four elementary schools and one junior high will be affected. The Illinois PTA director is investigating the districts actions.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: arabic; holiday; multiculturalism; muslimstudents; politicalcorrectness; school; wot

1 posted on 09/30/2007 9:04:37 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3
Wow...the Christmas part doesn't surprise me, but Halloween? How...odd. Either way, it would be stupid to rename them to be PC.
2 posted on 09/30/2007 9:07:12 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: arderkrag

> Wow...the Christmas part doesn’t surprise me, but Halloween?

This is the era of people getting their panties in a wad. Everyone is sooooo sensitive. The secularists are all mincy about Christmas, and the the more thin-skinned of the Christians get a-flutter about Halloween. All of these nervous nellies need to take a pill and relax and let traditional holidays be the joyous things they are.

HONESTLY — everybody RELAX! Have a PARTY! Go trick or treating! Sing a Christmas carol! Jeez!


3 posted on 09/30/2007 9:15:57 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

They have every right to complain but where is it written that we must indulge them? This is foolishness. Just another reason not to send children to public schools. Let those that will wallow in their silly ideas of fairness and desire for ambiguity and indulgence of the perpetually offended. I personally will not sacrifice our culture for do gooders who would protect us from the “threats” of Harry Potter, Halloween, and Christmas.


4 posted on 09/30/2007 9:16:23 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Stupidity no matter how well intentioned is still just that.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

“The move came after school officials fielded complaints from a parent who is Arabic.”

If they don’t like our holidays, tell them to go back to where they came from.


5 posted on 09/30/2007 9:16:31 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: arderkrag

My recommendation is that these PC Liberal parents move to the Middle East where they won’t have to deal with any holidays. They’ll spend their days just trying to survive and won’t have to worry about such mundane things as the names of school holidays. Another recommendation is that these morons start reading history so they won’t be doomed to repeat it.


6 posted on 09/30/2007 9:18:12 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: TornadoAlley3

How about Samhain?


7 posted on 09/30/2007 9:21:18 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: Maelstorm

It’s time for those Americans that still have gonads and a spine to stand up for their country, their freedoms, and their future and make themselves worthy of those American patriots that are fighting to protect us in such places as Afganistan and Iraq. Many cowardly Americans are disgracing our history and our forefathers. In the US Congress, you know the names of such cowards!


8 posted on 09/30/2007 9:21:20 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: TornadoAlley3

Any idea where in Illinois this occurred? The news item doesn’t give specifics.


9 posted on 09/30/2007 9:22:48 AM PDT by rwa265
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To: TornadoAlley3

There is definitely something wrong when a school district decides to change holiday names because of one Arab.

If you or I went and moved to Saudi Arabia-Egypt Pakistan etc., would they change the name of Ramadan?


10 posted on 09/30/2007 9:24:38 AM PDT by Shots
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To: arderkrag

Now or later...


11 posted on 09/30/2007 9:25:36 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: rwa265

No and I searched but could not find anything.


12 posted on 09/30/2007 9:27:53 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: rwa265

Oak Lawn. I’ll try to find the threads (there have been several in the past few days).


13 posted on 09/30/2007 9:30:05 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: TornadoAlley3
The move came after school officials fielded complaints from a parent who is Arabic.

Time for Christian parents to step up and fight this...both administratively via challenges, and with guerilla tactics as well--for instance sending children in with Christmas garb, handing out and putting up posters for Christmas, singing Christmas carols in school, etc.

14 posted on 09/30/2007 9:31:13 AM PDT by montag813
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To: TornadoAlley3

Ramadamn is now to be called the “eating after dark” fiesta, so the Hispanics wont feel left out either...


15 posted on 09/30/2007 9:32:11 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: rwa265; TornadoAlley3
FYI:

First Jell-O, now Santa [School district considers banning traditions seen as offensive to Muslims]

School district considers banning traditions seen as offensive to Muslims

Illinois Schools Canceling Christmas and Halloween to Avoid Offending Muslims

16 posted on 09/30/2007 9:34:14 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: TornadoAlley3
The move came after school officials fielded complaints from a parent who is Arabic

What part of "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" do these idiots not understand?

17 posted on 09/30/2007 9:34:43 AM PDT by BearCub
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To: TornadoAlley3

The United States has - quite simply - gone insane.


18 posted on 09/30/2007 9:35:13 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: arderkrag

An ARAB parent. These are the rules. Either you like it or don’t come to the party. I cannot stand it that a noisy minority gets pandered to.


19 posted on 09/30/2007 9:35:55 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Government skools are a mess and this is just one symptom. I’m glad we send our kids to private, Christian schools. This kind of complaint would not even be seriously considered.


20 posted on 09/30/2007 9:36:26 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: BlessedBeGod

Thank You.


21 posted on 09/30/2007 9:50:41 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last..)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Millions of Christians in this country and these asshats fold to one complaining mulim. What a bunh of worthless gutless bastards we have running our government, state and federal.


22 posted on 09/30/2007 10:05:06 AM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Americanexpat

It’s hopeless to challenge the educational system. Americans generally simply don’t like confrontation anyway. Vote no on all schools levies. Don’t buy into the myth that the value of your house will collapse. And, send your kids to private schools for a quality education.


23 posted on 09/30/2007 10:08:43 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: nmh
If they don’t like our holidays, tell them to go back to where they came from.

I agree with you ...They don't have to celebrate our holidays anyway. I don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Kawanza,Yom Kippur, or the Chinese New Year etc. However I don't mind those that do. If the Muslims mind our traditions & holidays then they don't need to come to America. If they intend to live here anyway then they ought to shut up & deal with it quietly.

24 posted on 09/30/2007 10:52:32 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: TornadoAlley3

A memo regarding overtime pay a few years ago from a large Milwaukee health system referred to Christmas as the “December 25th Day Holiday”.....


25 posted on 09/30/2007 10:57:57 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: TornadoAlley3
The move came after school officials fielded complaints from a parent who is Arabic

This one scumbag Arab is enjoying a power trip granted to him by his adopted country. The ungrateful ba*tard deserves any fate that befalls him for this thumb-in-your-eye gesture to his community.

26 posted on 09/30/2007 11:46:25 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Political Correctness. The road stop to Dhimmitude.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

27 posted on 09/30/2007 11:49:02 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: varon
This one scumbag Arab is enjoying a power trip granted to him by his adopted country.

I suggest that the good people of Illinois make it so hard for this raghead that he moves back to his hellhole.

28 posted on 09/30/2007 12:04:21 PM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: VictoryGal

Why is this “Winter Festival” celebrated the week of 12/25 through 1/2? What exactly is the SIGNIFICANCE of the date December 25th? Why don’t we celebrate this “Winter Festival”in the first week of December or the 1st week of February? A couple of ragheads complain about a holiday we celebrate to honor the birth of Jesus Christ and we cave? Last I heard about 85% of Americans are Christians and believe in Him. What a terrible shame this is and what awful cowards these administrators are. Ditto the towns people who won’t show their outrage. I wonder what He must be thinking about now.


29 posted on 09/30/2007 1:36:34 PM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: arderkrag

“....complaints from a parent who is Arabic....”

One complaint? Well, what if 100 complained they wanted to maintain the time honored tradition? Would they listen? If not, why not?


30 posted on 09/30/2007 4:47:17 PM PDT by elpadre
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To: TornadoAlley3
Would these schools make any similar accommodations if a Christian parent was offended by the mention of Kwanzaa?
31 posted on 09/30/2007 5:12:39 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Except for those who sell ski equipment and the like or run muontain resorts who the hell would celebrate winter?


32 posted on 09/30/2007 5:14:37 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Jack Hammer
Maybe God have mercy on you all - you have no idea what you are doing.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

33 posted on 09/30/2007 10:39:05 PM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: VictoryGal

“This is the era of people getting their panties in a wad.”

These people need a catchy name....something like the Bunched Bloomer Brigade.


34 posted on 09/30/2007 11:08:43 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (We accommodate other cultures at the expense of ours.)
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To: MissouriConservative

Ha, I love it!


35 posted on 09/30/2007 11:56:30 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Halloween has been fall festival here for years (in the public school system). Christmas and Easter break changed to Winter and Spring breaks. It’s all about PC terms now.


36 posted on 10/01/2007 12:03:35 AM PDT by Twink
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I agree but fighting it locally. It’s probably going to take a real hit or fall before we have the momentum. I thought 9-11 would do it but people forgot.

ITA and support our military. Never forget what they do for us or their sacrifice. My Dad was a WWII vet so it’s ingrained in us. Doesn’t seem to be the case for millions of Americans. Finding more and more have no idea.


37 posted on 10/01/2007 12:15:41 AM PDT by Twink
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To: BlessedBeGod

Sad...

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38 posted on 10/01/2007 12:16:19 AM PDT by tpanther
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To: TornadoAlley3

And we idiot Illinoisans support this ridiculous activity through our property taxes. We should hit them where it hurts, in the wallet, but this is Crook County, Illinois. A God-forsaken, politically correct sanctuary county.


39 posted on 10/02/2007 4:53:55 PM PDT by Rollee (I am tired of my country being used as the doormat of the world.)
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