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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It's All About Choices...

UK School Cancels Christmas Nativity In Favour Of Muslim Eid Celebrations
Greenwood Junior School sent out a letter to parents saying the three-day festival of Eid al-Adha, which takes place between December 8 and 11, meant that Muslim children would be off school.

That meant planning for the traditional nativity play were shelved because the school felt it would be too difficult to run both celebrations side by side.

The move has left parents furious. [...]

Following outrage from parents, the school was forced to send out a second letter saying that the Christmas play would be done in January.

Sent by the head teacher, Amber Latif, and Yvonne Wright, chair of governors, it apologised for "any misunderstanding" but said it had to respect "the cultures and religions of all the children".

It added: "The Christmas performance has not been cancelled outright but has been postponed until the New Year."
Now, I can understand the school's choice to move the Christmas celebration. After all, the Christians aren't very likely to go wacky and riot or take hostages over a slight offense. Still, here's how it should work; if no other accommodation can be made the Muslim children and their parents have a choice to make: do they want to be in the Christmas Pageant or do they want to celebrate Eid? The school could also move the Eid observance to January. The Muslims could also send their children to a Muslim school, but given the already great failure to matriculate into British culture I'm not sure I'd encourage that.

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