Saturday, December 11, 2010

naps and chocolate

We got our Christmas tree today, but I was mad tired when I came home so I crashed in my recliner instead of doing my calc homework. It was only for a half-hour, tops, but I felt a lot better afterwards. Then again, I also ate some hazelnut chocolate after I got up, so it might've been that too...

No other big news in baseball.

And my holiday political correctness rant was distributed on Wednesday, and the only bad thing I heard was that there was a funky layout screwup that chopped off the last 5 words or so. But even one of the really religious girls in my calc class said that she liked my article and her mom did too. Here's the full text:
In Waterbury, just about an hour and a half away from dear old Ledyard, the principal of one of their twenty elementary schools reportedly banned celebration of and decorations depicting winter holidays. According to Fox News, the argument that the principal and school superintendent supported was that "this is not a church, it's a school and it's a public school,” and school activities have to “include every child.”

With the holiday season coming up, it has become a major point of contention over whether there should even be a “holiday” season. As the United States diversifies culturally, more groups are objecting to celebrating holidays, as it seems impossible to accommodate to all faiths, particularly those that denounce holidays of any sort. Holidays are a vital part of human cultural society and the celebration of such should not be banned in any sense.

Instead of sanctioning holidays and preventing everyone from celebrating anything, what would be the harm in celebrating all holidays? What schools, towns and the nation should do is teach about the holidays on an educational level and not a proselytistic level, and provide the option of not participating for skeptics who aren’t comfortable with partaking in other traditions. This way, the cultural aspect is not lost, no one is forced into conversion or religiously offended, and there’s still an opt-out feature if things get iffy.
Political correctness, especially regarding religious subjects, is a hotly-debated issue across the country and around the world. In the attempt to make sure no one is insulted or left out, and to ensure the separation of church and state, officials are going so far as to restrict the rights of everyone, and that is not acceptable. It is a First Amendment right for US citizens to be able to practice whatever religion they well please, and laws that ban holidays are infringing on that right.

As a devout atheist, I fully support the separation of church and state, and the preaching-like style of many holiday-based lessons is something that bothers a lot of people, including myself. But the world as it is today has a strong base in religion, so denying current and future generations of the right to freely celebrate holidays is denying them the knowledge that society is built upon. Proselytization is not the answer, but neither is complete censorship of these holidays; objective education, and the choice to act upon such, is.
And that is my story. And I'm sticking to it.

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