BAT wrote:Stopping children from celebrating Christmas at school is a whole other matter than PC language. In my view, all religious celebrations of the students who make up a class should be observed. It won't kill the other children to learn about other religions and cultures and it still lets everyone celebrate.
In the USA this is I think mostly due to the "separation of church and state" - thing, but I remember this South Park episode on this ending up Cartman's infamous "Kyle's mom is a ... " -song. I'd agree all these should be observed; its like "banning [celebration]" is because of "those people [religion]" and I wouldn't say it is promoting understanding to different religions & cultures. Not to mention say in a Finnish school you've had a Christmas celebration since the schoolis built and now because you get some kids from somewhere else - they ban the party. Now I'd say that definitely doesn't make people "understand" the minorities, rather than label them as trouble. Or then do a knee-jerk, "OK, so if Christmas is banned lets ban your headscarves". Basically I think most of the things that go over are caused not by the minority parents, but the doo-gooders that imagine they know better, kind of condesending attitude. I'd say the richness of a country is to have all the cultures present and not inhibit them; in a democracy majority rules.
... heh, this was a real "let all flowers bloom" speech