Who’s Excluding Whom?

Todd Starnes has this sorry tale.

It seems a high school teacher in a Connecticut high school has decided to ban explicitly Christmas decorations from her classroom door, never minding that decorating the classroom door is a tradition at this school, and she’s the only one to ban the practice there this year.  A parent reported to Starnes that

[The teacher] said no reference to Christmas at all can be on the decorations on the door[.]

Greg Hatzis, the school’s…headmaster…proffered this rationale:

It is the policy of the Board of Education that no religious belief or non-belief will be promoted by the district or its employees and none will be disparaged.

Never mind that the teacher’s (apparent) non-belief is exactly what’s being promoted by her ban, or that a religious belief specifically is being disparaged.  Hatzis went on:

The difficulty is that we want everyone to feel a part of the school community.  Anytime there is a preponderance of any particular holiday, you don’t want people to feel excluded.  It’s really a lesson in respect.  It’s a lesson in community.

We want people to be able to have a chance to celebrate, but just in a way that is not exclusionary.

We don’t want somebody to be offended.  We try to make sure that everybody understands the need for respect and diversity.

But where is Hatzis’ or his teacher’s sense of community?  What “lesson in community” is being taught here—that the minority view gets to exclude the majority view?  If there’s a “preponderance of a particular holiday,” it’s because that community preponderantly celebrates that holiday.  By excluding Christmas decorations at Christmas, those who celebrate are being deliberately and carefully excluded.

There’s no sensitivity here, either: none at all toward those who celebrate Christmas.  The only sensitivity present is that of a few, who thereby are allowed to dominate the rest.

This is not “respect for diversity;” this is the hypocrisy of political correctness.

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