Thursday, 15 December 2011
I go to a Catholic High School in Canada. Recently, to celebrate the upcoming holidays, my council, Diversity and Equity Council, decided to run an event where we play music from various holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) over the P.A. system. Along with this, we created a banner with a Christmas tree, dreidel, and a kinara with the words 'Happy Holidays'.
We've received many complaints about this event, saying how we are in a Catholic school and should be playing Christmas music only. Today, our banner was taken down because a parent complained that it said Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas and threatened to file complaint to the school board.Yes, I realize that we're in Catholic school community. But once you step outside the building, we are living in a multicultural country. There are people out there that don't celebrate Christmas. Better yet, there are people in the school that aren't Catholic. Since the school admits those who aren't Catholic, why can't they accept that there are holidays during this time of the year that isn't Christmas? When we're playing music from other holidays, we're simply trying to tell the students (many of which have been going to Catholic schools all their life) that there are other holidays out there. And being a part of a multicultural country, I think we have the responsibility to accept and respect these other holidays.What are your views on this? What do you think our council should do now?