wow, I guess since I don't have a bunch of blog links from the dawn of the web at the tips of my fingers, no kid has ever learned anything about Christianity or Judaism in public schools.
Not today they don't. Go read a current "social studies" textbook and feel free to report back anytime.
learning about religions is not forced worship
I don't consider making prayer rugs simply "learning about" Islam. Wake me up next time the kids in public school make a cross in history class and dress up like Jesus, OK ?
I always got Christmas off. A long vacation on Easter weekend. Always a half day on Ash Wednesday.
What we did 20-30 years ago is not what happens today. The former Christmas break is now "winter break" and encompasses Kwanza, not to mention the pagan solstice.
Spring break is now often not Easter weekend. Even 30 years ago we never had off any time on Ash Wednesday; the Catholic kids went to a 6AM mass, before school started. We also got off Memorial Day weekend, started after Labour day, got off the day after Thanksgiving so the hunters cold make the first day of deer season, had two President's Day holidays in February, the kids now get MLK Day etc etc.
What's your point ? 96% or better of this country is raised in the Christian/Jewish traditions. We only have 1-2% who are Muslim or atheist. It was never a problem until the 2% started into the grievance industry. It used to be that those who disagreed went to private school; now property taxes have put that out of reach of many.
If 96% of kids wouldn't show up to school on Christmas Day, why would schools be in session ? If 96% of judges wouldn't show up in court on Christmas Day, should we force them to be there and miss their tradition to accommodate the very few ? That's not favoritism, that's common sense. Only the intolerant think the vast majority should inconvenience themselves for the 1-2% who do otherwise. That's not bigotry, that's the law of gross numbers speaking.
Again, I reiterate my point - if we didn't have public schools, everyone could go to the school of their choice and the stupid squabbling would not exist. BUT, because the 96% or better are being ruled by the ~2% who have an agenda, there's nothing but trouble.
The same applies to politics at large - government should not promote favoritism of any group. It used to be that government favored the many; now government promotes the few. How about we just get the government to butt out instead.
"Even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and being kicked." -Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
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