"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday, 31 October 2014

Stupidity Triumphs

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Right to Representation":

Seems that you read an online article about ONE school in Paris, Ontario. You have now made a very broad statement that is false and adds fuel to the fear-mongering that we are loosing our past.

Way to distort.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 31 October 2014 12:02


When I read the comment about re-naming Halloween, my first thought was...... was it a teacher,  a Principal or School Board  policy. 

I published it expecting enlightenment and a reaction. 

The social media may be the only place for a reaction to be expressed  anonymously without being accused of racism or religious bias.

The response published above proves the point.

 "You have  made a very broad statement that is false and adds  fuel to the fear -mongering that we are loosing our past"

The statement is not  false .

It is revealed  by the commenter to be  an on-line  article about  " ONE school in Paris,Ontario "

Added is  an accusation  of " fearmongering  that we are losing our past" and  "distortion"

How did those words enter the discussion.

Is there a genuine concern we are losing our culture ?

Is  the reference to  "fearmongering" related ?

Is there a government policy,masquerading as "multi-culturism "  intended to submerge our own culture so that  immigrants of a different culture feel more at home in our culture?

Have Christmas trees  and crèches been removed from public buildings? Yes ,they have.

Has Merry Christmas been changed to Holiday Greetings because immigrants of different religion might feel left out?

Who asks for such  decisions?

Do immigrants make it a condition of agreement to immigrate to a country with a different culture?

I doubt that.

Well then, government institutions must be the responsible party.

A school in Paris ,Ontario is  certainly a government institution.

The decision was sufficiently weird to generate an on-line article being posted .

The article attracted  sufficient attention  to be repeated in  a comment to this blog.

How does that get  translated  into "fearmongering"

Why the outrage?

I think  we have here a person in a position of authority making this decision who clearly does not have sufficient judgement to be in a position of authority.

Furthermore I  believe we have more than our share of people in positions of authority making dumb  decisions. Then  to exacerbate the situation, we have other people duplicating  dumb decisions because somebody else did  it first.

To add insult to injury, commenters like the one above ever ready to take up the cudgels in defence of rank stupidity.

At the very least, the person who making the  decision to change the name of Hallowe'en would have to be a School Principal.

If that doesn't worry you, I think it should.

Halloween,by the way, was originally a pagan festival ,adapted  by Christians, to encourage pagans  to feel comfortable as Christians.


Anonymous said...

Last year there was a directive to refer to Hallowe'en as Spooky Day so as not to frighten the kids. Some schools did it, others did not. One in Georgina did. Black cats were allowed but the graveyard material was restricted to the upper grades.
You have to remember that there are parents who refuse to let their kids carve pumpkins for " religious " reasons.

Anonymous said...

We give these school boards way to much money. They have way to much time on their hands to think up this kind of sh*t.

Anonymous said...

It is there choice not to carve pumpkins! But do the rest of us have to conform to them? No! Halloween is all about ghost and witches. Get over it parents! Life is full of all kinds of things we can not control. The sooner kids knows this the happier and more accepting they will be!

Anonymous said...

The weird thing is that other kids of the same persuasion are not told to boycott simple pleasures.

Anonymous said...

"We give these school boards way to (sic) much money. They have way to (sic) much time..."

Evidently, not *too* much.

Anonymous said...

Hockey gloves are a costume ?

Anonymous said...

At the schools, decisions are made by the Principals. It is not the place, nor is it wise, for teachers to try and circumvent that control. They are for the most part more worried about kids coming to class with bruises, without lunch or without knowing which parent has custody that day. Never mind the dreadful marks being obtained on the testing for grades 3 and 6.