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Mass. elementary school changes name of St. Patrick's Day to O'Green Day to be more inclusive
960Well ^ | March 15, 2012 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 03/16/2012 9:42:30 AM PDT by NYer

(Billy Hallowell) -- St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday rooted in Christian values, however secular celebrations are also regularly held to commemorate the day. In fact, for a great many, the religious tones aren’t even a consideration, as alcohol, Shamrock shakes and other fun-filled elements regularly dominate the day’s observations. Somehow, though, the holiday is reportedly still too religious for one Massachusetts elementary school.

At the Soule Road School in Wilbraham, St. Patrick‘s Day has been replaced as the name for the school’s celebration surrounding the popular holiday. It’s been replaced with the generic “O’Green Day.” MassLive.com’s Patrick Johnson calls the move “a heavy-handed attempt to instill political correctness among the impressionable 4th and 5th graders.”

The school’s principal, Lisa Curtin, is apparently looking to become more inclusive. So, rather than tout St. Patrick’s Day, she has purportedly come up with a way to circumvent the faith-related nature of the holiday. The school apparently did something similar for St. Valentine’s Day, which, in some classrooms, was referred to as “Caring and Kind Day.”

A copy of the school’s calendar shows March 16 listed as ”O’Green Day / Tasting’ of the Green,” although St. Patrick’s Day does, indeed, appear on the calendar (on Saturday):

Soule Road School Reportedly Changes Name of St. Patricks Day

On this day, students are apparently being encouraged to wear green and they will be treated to special, green colored vegetables in the cafeteria.

“I think it’s really stupid,” says local resident Janet Carlyle. “I don‘t understand why they would change history’s old holiday names to something just to remove the essence of religion of it when it’s not really religious holidays.”

Another parent said that the changes were made to accommodate “faith issues.”

“I think in today’s world to try and make children understand caring and consideration is, I can understand from that point of view,” said Joan Harrington, a former high school teacher. “As someone who’s been around a long time, the holidays have meaning to me.”

Regardless of the motivation, these holiday name-changes reflect the growing removal of faith-based values and mentions in public schools.


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1 posted on 03/16/2012 9:42:33 AM PDT by NYer
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The kids could benefit from a heavy dose of saintly facts ...

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2 posted on 03/16/2012 9:43:44 AM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: NYer
Green Day................ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_day
3 posted on 03/16/2012 9:46:05 AM PDT by Red Badger (If the Government can make you buy health insurance, they can make you buy a Volt................)
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To: NYer

This is what happens when government is involved in education. Biggest mistake the American people ever made.


4 posted on 03/16/2012 9:46:49 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: NYer

Interesting that the day following O’Green day is still St. Patrick’s Day...


5 posted on 03/16/2012 9:47:19 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1151 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: NYer

St Patrick was a gentleman
He came from decent people
He built his church in Dublin Town
And on it put a steeple
His father was a Gallagher
His mother was a Grady
His aunt was an O’Shaughnessy
His uncle was a Brady
The Wicklow Hills are very high
And so is the Hill of Howth sir
There’s a hill much higher still
Higher than them both sir
On the top of this high hill
St Patrick preached his sermon
Which drove the frogs into the bogs
And banished all the vermin


6 posted on 03/16/2012 9:49:31 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NYer
Maybe Chicago will replace the traditional dyeing of the Chicago River green with a rainbow flavor to be, well, you know.
7 posted on 03/16/2012 9:51:07 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: NYer

Just another example of the indoctrination of the next generation of left-wing moonbats.


8 posted on 03/16/2012 9:52:17 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: NYer
Why is St. Patrick's day not inclusive? Neither is MLK day or Black History Month.

Washington's birthday is now "president's day".

Is the left going to take all of our traditional holidays and turn them into something "diversified"?

Government schools are indocrination units now.
9 posted on 03/16/2012 9:53:20 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: NYer

Janet Carlyle says: “I don‘t understand why they would change history’s old holiday names to something just to remove the essence of religion...”

You’ve already answered your own question Ms. Carlyle.


10 posted on 03/16/2012 9:54:02 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: NYer

isn’t calling an irishman O’Green an insult? or at least a racial slur?


11 posted on 03/16/2012 9:55:18 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: NYer
On this day, students are apparently being encouraged to wear green and they will be treated to special, green colored vegetables in the cafeteria.

Green vegetables? How novel!

12 posted on 03/16/2012 9:55:35 AM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: camle

I am sick & tired of these Irish stereotypes......As soon as I finish this drink, I’m gunna punch someone!


13 posted on 03/16/2012 9:57:41 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

Q: What’s green and hangs out in your back yard?

A: Paddy O’Furniture


14 posted on 03/16/2012 10:02:42 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Puppage

lol


15 posted on 03/16/2012 10:05:26 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: NYer

The dirty little secret...O stands for Obama!


16 posted on 03/16/2012 10:07:23 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: NYer

When will they change the name of Martin Luther King Day?


17 posted on 03/16/2012 10:07:45 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: FrankR
Is the left going to take all of our traditional holidays and turn them into something "diversified"?

Do you think changing Thanksgiving Day to "Give People The Bird Day" will fly?

18 posted on 03/16/2012 10:11:16 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: NYer

There is absolutely no reason why people who peomote this kind of PC idiocy should not immediately be removed from their positions and thrown into prison.


19 posted on 03/16/2012 10:12:32 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Liberals feel a great debt to mankind that they will pay off with your money. G. Gordon Liddy)
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To: NYer
Mass. elementary school changes name of St. Patrick's Day to O'Green Day to be more inclusive

I call it hate speech against the Catholic Church.

20 posted on 03/16/2012 10:12:57 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: NYer

Will they chanage “kwanza” to something inclusive to non marxists?


21 posted on 03/16/2012 10:13:42 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: bigheadfred

It’ll probably happen...after all they tried to make “Christmas” into the “winter festival”...


22 posted on 03/16/2012 10:15:32 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: NYer
O'Mohammed's Day, that great Irish-mooselimb patriot that freed both the green Catholics and the orange Protestants from the tyrannical hand of those evil Brits.


23 posted on 03/16/2012 10:19:32 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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To: NYer

A funny thing is...the day before O’Green Day...
what would that be? O’Green Day Eve?....
has for the lunch:

March 15th

Baked Potato
Broccoli, Cheese and Bacon Bits (Bit O Green)
Garden Salad (Green)
Green Jello w/Topping (Honking Green)
Fruit & Vegie Bar (Assuming Green)

O’Green Day lunch menu:

March 16th

Pizza (Hope it’s not Green)
Garden Salad (there’s some Green)
Fruit & Veggie Bar (probably more Orange-lol)
http://www.hwrsd.org/school/sr/srmenu.pdf


24 posted on 03/16/2012 10:27:11 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: NYer

I vastly prefer denying history and reality.

We should call Independence Day “Barbeque Day” or “Fireworks Day”.


25 posted on 03/16/2012 10:29:02 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: NYer

I notice the date on that calender is 2012....2012 years since what happened? To be really inclusive, should we get rid of the count of years since Jesus was born?


26 posted on 03/16/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: NYer
They can call the day anything they want.

Just as I can say, they aren't really a school. Just a bunch of idiots watching over some kids.

27 posted on 03/16/2012 10:34:05 AM PDT by A Cyrenian (Missouri heading to the SEC.)
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To: Puppage
I am sick & tired of these Irish stereotypes......As soon as I finish this drink, I’m gunna punch someone!

Threadwinner.
28 posted on 03/16/2012 10:40:15 AM PDT by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: ladyjane

“Paddy O’Furniture”

Oof......

Jist fer that, me fine lass, I’ll be sending me own redheaded colleen of a wife over wit’ me lucky shilelagh and she’s going to baptize ye wit’ it, repeatedly.

Unless, o’ course ye could be sparin’ me a quart of Jameson’s, surely.

;^)


29 posted on 03/16/2012 10:41:24 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: camle

isn’t calling an irishman O’Green an insult? or at least a racial slur?
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
I am of Irish descent so I guess (if and) when I sober up I will have to look up the meaning of ‘insult’ and ‘racial slur’.

So much work, so little time....

I will get back to you on that one....


30 posted on 03/16/2012 10:43:54 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: NYer

Stupid question: did he really drive all the snakes out of Ireland?


31 posted on 03/16/2012 10:48:48 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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Stupid question: did he really drive all the snakes out of Ireland?

No question is stupid ... only the one that is not asked. That said, NatGeo offers some insight:

The St. Patrick mythology includes the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland.

It's true no snakes exist on the island today, Freeman said. But they never did.

Ireland, after all, is surrounded by icy ocean waters—much too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else.

But since snakes often represent evil in literature, "when Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland, it is symbolically saying he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland [and] brought in a new age," Freeman said.

Read More

32 posted on 03/16/2012 10:58:01 AM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: chae

There are no snakes in Ireland.


33 posted on 03/16/2012 11:22:42 AM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: elcid1970

Ah Jameson’s. My favorite memory of Jameson’s: way in the back yard of my friend’s house at the wake of his father. He was hurting. The Jameson’s seemed to help - if only because it’s a ritual.


34 posted on 03/16/2012 11:24:05 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

Solace in the wake of loss can come from many sources. I was widowed in 2001 but have enjoyed the blessing of a new wife for nearly two years now.

Here’s a Jameson’s joke. An Englishman is tearing across the Irish countryside in his sports car, when he takes a blind curve too fast and collides with a local in his aging Morris sedan.

The Irishman gets out, the Englishman is expecting trouble but the local merely says, “Sure and we both should consider ourselves blessed, there’s some damage but at least we’re unhurt. Maybe this is as good a time as any to put our traditional enmities aside and drink now to the goodness of the Lord.”

He reaches into the boot of his scrambled car and produces a bottle of Jameson’s and hands it to the Brit, saying, “Here now, you first. I’ve no glasses but help yourself to a healthy swig.” The bouquet of the fine whisky is nothing less than ambriosial, and the Englishman before he knows it has gulped nearly half the bottle.

He tries to hand it back to the Irishman but the latter declines.

“Thank you, me lad, but not right now. I think I’ll wait until after the Garda arrives!”

And a merry St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours.


35 posted on 03/16/2012 12:31:20 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: NYer
In other news Cinco de Mayo will henceforth be known as Piñata Day
36 posted on 03/16/2012 12:49:06 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Paparazzi mob senior citizen mistaking her for Lindsay Lohan (True Story))
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Today in MA, in the county of Suffolk, we celebrate Evacuation Day. The day which the British forces left the city of Boston under the watchful eye of the Continentals who had the city covered from Dorchester Heights and Cambridgeside with cannons brought down from Fort Ticonderoga.


37 posted on 03/16/2012 2:25:00 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The way I learned it, after the list of family names it finished up like this:

So success attend St. Patrick's fist, he was a saint so clever,

He gave the frogs and toads a twist, and banished snakes for ever!

38 posted on 03/16/2012 2:37:41 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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39 posted on 03/16/2012 2:38:26 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

There are several versions on the Web if you Google it. My favorite version is one sung by a local group: Theiss & O’Connor, “O’Connor” standing for any number of the members of the O’Connor family, but usually Mr. & Mrs. O’Connor. It’s one of my favorite Irish ditties.


40 posted on 03/16/2012 2:48:52 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: AnAmericanMother

Terrific cartoon. ROTFLOL! All you need in there is that pig screaming “wee, wee, wee...”


41 posted on 03/16/2012 2:50:31 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
It's a real 'folk' song - that gets changed a little bit everywhere it goes.

I thought I had found the same version I used to sing, but the next to last line was a little different - "And here's to bold St. Patrick's fist, he was a saint so clever . . . "

I just realized that I taught folk singing at a summer camp over forty years ago!!!! I am older than I thought . . . . but at least I can still remember the words to the songs (mostly).

42 posted on 03/16/2012 3:01:27 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Pig would have eaten the snakes.

My parents tolerate the feral hogs on their coastal GA island because they eat the rattlesnakes. Dad just goes out with a 12 gauge from time to time and shoots the boar hogs, because they chase and gore the island dogs. His across-the-road neighbor buries them with the backhoe (they are far too tough and gamy-smelling to eat).

I had to walk in a mile after midnight one time because the gate to the causeway was locked & we didn't have the combination . . . I was petrified of running into Da Peegs and getting gored . . . I had a Magnalite in one hand and a 1911A1 in the other, cocked and locked . . . . and I was singing hymns at the top of my voice in the hope that the pigs would hear me and run away. I heard crashing in the palmettos but didn't catch sight of Porky or his entourage. A good thing, because I think even W/W Silvertips in a .45 would be marginal against a large feral hog.

43 posted on 03/16/2012 3:07:07 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: PoloSec

Why don’t the call it what they really want to and quit trying to fool people: O’bama day.


44 posted on 03/16/2012 3:18:04 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Well, you are supposed to raise your glass and take a chug after the word “Success!” (which is almost shouted and gets louder with each swig.)

I was referring to the dopey pig in that Geico commercial — the one that drives the car pool mom nutz. The look on St. Patrick’s face in your cartoon reminded me of the mom in that video. Of course, you may not watch TV, or watch the stations that I do. But St. Paddy turning the pigs onto the snakes would be fitting too. I like that better than thinking of the saintly old man stomping all the reptiles!


45 posted on 03/16/2012 3:46:51 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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State mandated atheism and secularism. Can't have the little kids wondering who Saint Patrick was, or what a saint is. I read a bit about John Dewey lately. He believed in the "new religion" of secular humanism. He was a fervent believer, and helped turn public schools into indoctrination centers for the new religion.

46 posted on 03/17/2012 9:52:15 AM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: NYer
We sent our kid to a wonderful private school in a large city containing children of many ethnicities and traditions. The school simply did not do any faith-based holidays of any kind, and also avoided fake holiday substitutes like this one. If a religious issue came up in the context of history or social studies, it was treated as another facet of that culture to be understood or respected, whether your family believed in it or not.

Of course, being a private school, these were intelligent parents and teachers we were dealing with, very committed to the children's well-rounded education. Most of the kids went to various churches, synagogues, temples or what-have-you as part of their family traditions.

And most of the kids were in either intact families or joint custody of well-employed people; otherwise they could not have afforded the school. Discriminatory? Hell, yes; although there were a number of scholarship kids who were very, very lucky that the rest of us were willing to support them in such a wonderful education, IMO. Does this mean the scholarship kids were treated differently? Not overtly; but if so, that's life. I knew of several outstanding, wonderful kids whose parents paid the full tuition and who were shut out of other kids' parties, etc, when their parents divorced. Life isn't fair. Lefties think it can be made so. They are lazy morons.

47 posted on 03/17/2012 11:04:37 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Cowboy Bob
When will they change the name of Martin Luther King Day?

Def Black Day?

48 posted on 03/17/2012 11:07:02 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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49 posted on 03/17/2012 11:37:58 AM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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According to Yahoo, last month St. Valentine’s Day was name-changed and homogenized to “Caring and Kindness Day” due to “faith issues.”


50 posted on 03/17/2012 2:29:50 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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