I am not a Christian and have never celebrated Christmas in any form, but I respect the tradition of the holiday and I acknowledge that public schools have embraced it for hundreds of years.
But the times they are changing.
What was acceptable for centuries is now deemed offensive. Christmas favours Christians and public schools have other denominations. These other denominations coped fine until now. Not any more:
Catherine Gordon had decorated her classroom with a festive tree for 30 years before the building principal demanded she take it down.
Gordon said she was saddened by the school’s decision to remove the pink Hello Kitty tree.
She added: “The tree had no religious symbols on it whatsoever. No crosses or angels – just pink Hello Kitties and my students really enjoyed it and it cheered me up during the day.”
He added “We should be able to wish our fellow citizens Merry Christmas.
“We should be able to wish people Happy Hanukkah or to offer a holiday greeting.
“Eliminating safe decorations from classrooms, something we all grew up with, is going too far.”
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