When the Millard school board met on Monday night, they were set to approve the school calendar for the 2017-18 school year. It should have been a simple vote; okay the calendar and move on. But one board member wasn’t playing ball.
Paul Meyer had a problem with the calendar as it was proposed. The period of Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018, was designated as a “Winter break.” This did not sit at all well with Meyer. He protested that the break should be renamed, “Christmas break.” You know, like it was in the “good old days” Donald Trump wants to drag us back to.
Meyer complained that “a tiny minority” keeps “pushing Christmas out, keep pushing God out, keep pushing Christ out, when the majority is still a Judeo-Christian country.” Well, we are not a tiny minority, those of us who believe that the First Amendment prevents such religious favoritism in public schools.
Meyer continued, laying out his motion:
I would like to make a motion that we rename this period Christmas break, and those atheists who don’t like it can crawl back into their hellhole, because I, for one, will not put my Lord, my God, aside for a few atheists. And if they don’t like it, the ACLU doesn’t like it, the heck with them.
Nobody seconded the motion and it failed. Not because the rest of the board is atheist but because they seem to understand that the Separation of Church and State applies to public schools. The board’s president, Mike Kennedy, was the voice of reason:
I do know, as a Catholic, I have no problem the way the calendar is. I celebrate Christmas. I know other people on this board do too. People are free to celebrate what they want to believe… I don’t think anyone’s trying to take away Christmas from any child.
The other three board members understood and sympathized with Meyer’s position, if not his expression of it. Two of them had recently brought up the fact that the schools’ Spring break doesn’t always coincide with the Easter holiday. But trying to align them would be too difficult as Easter is celebrated on a Pagan, lunar timetable and moves around within the months of March and April.
The Christian victimhood syndrome just keeps getting worse. Somehow, they think that the majority religion is being persecuted simply because they are forced to live in a country that affords the same rights they enjoy to the rest of the citizenry. Aw, poor babies. Of course, they want to take America back to a time when they (mostly) got everything they wanted and the world catered to them. Now they have to share the country with everyone else and that makes them cranky.
Atheists have nothing to do with changing “Christmas break” to “Winter break.” The dawning of inclusivism and celebration of diversity, as well as the realization that, yes, applying Christian names to everything is favoritism… those are the reasons that we can’t have creches at city halls anymore, not atheists. America is learning to include everyone. And if you don’t like that, the heck with you.
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