|BATTLE OVER CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION NOT JUST AN AMERICAN ISSUE by Tom Pauken|
|by Tom Pauken||Wed, Nov 30, 2005, 01:41 PM|
The dispute as to whether to celebrate Christmas with cards, nativity scenes and other Christian traditions isn’t just an American issue. A dispute is brewing in Australia where the Bracks government in Victoria is asking that "all Victorian schools" celebrate Christmas. Some folks don’t like that decision, according to a story in the Australian Herald Sun: "Witches and pagans yesterday cursed the Bracks government" because of the decision of Premier Steve Bracks to ask "all schools to celebrate Christmas with Christian traditions this year. The move came after several schools and kindergartens last year banned Christmas celebrations for fear they would offend non-Christian children."
The Herald Sun reported that Australian Education Minister Lynne Kosky said a message would be sent to all Victorian schools asking them to get into the Christmas spirit. "We are informing schools and kindergartens they will be asked to celebrate Christmas as part of all the celebrations they have," she said. Ms. Kosky said while most non-Christian students would enjoy learning about the Christmas tradition, those who did not take part would be able to participate in other activities at school instead. Victorian Principals Association president Fred Ackerman said: ‘It is a whole lot of fun. Far be it for any of us to deny the fun of gift giving, Santa visits and Christmas carols.’"
It would be nice if our own public schools in the U.S. would be able to follow the example of the Victorian Schools in Australia.
Meanwhile, Merry Christmas to all.
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