I have always believed in the principles of free speech, and, apart from deleting or editing obscenities in the comments section of any posts I may have authored, or by the use of asterisks to indicate a word which others may not appreciate; I have never ever tempered my writing so as to avoid ‘offence’ to anyone. My attitude towards the timid, or ultra-easily-offended, is to state, rather bluntly, that I don’t give two sh*ts if you are offended or not; and if you are, that is just tough! My opinions are mine own, and if you don’t like them, you can either comment, in a suitably mannerly fashion; or you can live without them by not reading my writing. The average ATW reader has certainly as many opinions as I have, and it would be a very boring world indeed if we all agreed with each other on every aspect of life.
So, having prepared the ground, as it were, I was wondering if any ATW reader would make common cause with the Montgomery Board of Education when they voted to remove all religious names of holidays, all references to Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and to ensure that the schools closed when the State demanded closure, and also when that it will close on other days that have shown ‘a high level of student and staff absenteeism’. Though those days happen to coincide with major Christian and Jewish holidays, board members made clear that the days off are not meant to observe those religious holidays, which they say is not legally permitted.
This tortuous routine has been adopted so the Board is not seen to be pandering or allowing Muslim parents to have their holidays listed as being allowed as a holiday for school pupils. Now I am not always sympathetic in any fashion to the constant demands of the Muslim minority for further accommodations because of their religion; but I do accept that, this time, they just might have a point! We are also seeing the dead hand of Government intruding on Religious Schools in Gt. Britain, with Ofsted threatening a Christian church school because they did not invite a bloody Imam to explain his beliefs to the school.