It’s the same question every Christmas: What do you get for the person who’s offended by everything? Why, you consider getting rid of Christmas, of course. Oh, and Jell-O.
Near Chicago, school bureaucrats are being fitted for their turbans:
The holiday traditions are facing elimination in some Oak Lawn schools this year after complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students.
Final decisions on which of the festivities will be axed will fall to the principals at each of Ridgeland School District 122’s five schools, Supt. Tom Smyth said.
Parents expect that the announcement is going to add to the tension that has been building since officials agreed earlier this month to change the lunch menu to exclude items containing pork to accommodate Muslim students. News that Jell-O was struck from the menu caused such a stir that officials have agreed to bring it back. Gelatin is often made with tissue or bones of pigs or other animals.
My only question to school bureaucrats who are afraid of offended everybody except Christians and Jell-O lovers is this: You say that your decisions are based on “teaching kids tolerance for the beliefs of others,” but how are you accomplishing that by showing them that the only way to accomplish true tolerance is by bending over for a group of people who are intolerant of everything?
Isn’t banning everything in a school that offends a single religion in effect embracing that religion over others? Of course it is, but you’ll never hear that seriously discussed at a school board meeting.
Christians, and everybody else for that matter, had better start getting offended themselves, or this country will be unrecognizable and perhaps even nonexistent in 50 years.
Now for you kids at Oak Lawn schools, you’d better start your next reading assignment: