Aaaaah yes, another somewhat controversial post!
I love those lately lol
Most of you may not be aware, but some may be.
They’re trying to pass a new bill here, in the province of Québec (Canada), that most holidays may be removed from school calendars. That means Christmas, Easter, St-Jean (our national holiday), etc…. What this also means is that children around the province would have to go to school on those days and NOT have any of those days off to be with their families. Family is very important to me, and this will only result in spending LESS time with families.
Now, if the Minister making this proposition had said that this was created to remove most of what is religious in schools (I’m against yet a bit for that as well), I would have understood better. If she had said that it was a means to keep children in schools longer considering the obvious decline in education around here, I would have bought that too. (Although she could have tried to remove all those random and useless days off the scholar calendar instead of removing holidays). But no, that’s not the reason. What’s the reason you ask? Accommodate 6 schools who preach another religion. Since those schools do not celebrate most of our holidays, hundreds of “catholic” based schools need to abide to THESE 6 schools. How fair is THAT? I may have thought that it was all about religion… but what the hell does our national holiday have to do with religion? Nothing! It’s called St-Jean, but that’s it. Maybe it USED to be a religious holiday – hell if I know. Besides, no one I know ever celebrated “Jean”, it’s Québec’s holiday! And what’s next? Kids will have to go to school on New Years because it doesn’t follow the Chinese New Years?
Now here’s my problem here. Every year, bits and pieces of our culture is being taken away from us to accommodate other cultures from other countries. I love different cultures and other religions – I find them fascinating. But why is it that we keep abiding to others’ needs when, were situations reversed and I went to another country, I would be persecuted for pushing my beliefs onto others? What’s happening here!? Why is it that schools can’t have Christmas trees and sing carols anymore? (Let’s face it, Christmas isn’t very religious anymore – it’s a time of gathering and fun nowadays, so what the hell’s wrong with it?!) Why can’t we have Christmas and Easter decorations in malls anymore (it’s not like that everywhere but in many places – regardless, it’s becoming worst every year)? Why’d they have to shut down a sugar shack a couple of years ago because a big foreign family decided to pray in the middle of it, hindering others to the point of having the orchestra and the customers leave? Why kids of other religions are allowed weapons in our schools on the account that they’re religious artefacts? Do remember that while these religious artefacts are a-okay with schools, Christmas carols aren’t? See a loophole here, anyone?
I find it sad that it has come this far. While I doubt this bill WILL be passed (teachers would have to work during these holidays while everyone else wouldn’t because children are forced to go to school on these holidays), the thought that this was brought up ALONE, is an insult to me and many, MANY others.
P.S. This is NOT a journal to bash other religions and cultures.