Subject: Re: [OrthodoxInfo] Our Open-Minnded Society
are not part of an open-minded society. Two weeks ago, I received a
letter from the school saying that they would have a fundraiser for
which they would be applying henna/mehndi to hands (to only those who
wished), to celebrate the festivals of Eid-ul-Fitr and Diwali. My
daughter had written,"mommy I want to get this," on top of the notice.
the notice came home last year, I disregarded it but not this
time. She was crying until I explained to her that many people of
these faiths hate those who believe in Our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ. I explained that she can listen to the announcement at
school as they talk about what is being celebrated, and wish her
friends a happy holiday if she wishes, but that would be it.
the weekend went by I kept reading the first sentence in the letter
which was, "As you are aware inclusiveness and pluralism are very
important to our school and multiculturalism and diversity are
celebrated on an ongoing basis." Well, my child was being EXCLUDED and
that statement was false.
I went to the school and let
the principal know that I was there not to confront, but to bring to
their attention that something was being overlooked. That was the
exclusion of some of their students. I told her that when the Lord's
Prayer was taken out of school as was the "Christmas concert",
"Christmas holiday" and Easter", it was done to be fair to
non-Christians. I explained that we took those holidays out and are
now bringing in other religious holidays, and that this is not fair.
principal's response was that the application of henna is a cultural,
not religious practice. I let her know that I was aware of this, but
that the school letter clearly stated that this time, it was to
celebrate these festivals. The principal told me that I was the
only parent that expressed any concern regarding this matter. My
response was that I believed her because it took a lot of courage to go
and discuss this matter. Then she told me that we don't live in the
"Beaver Cleaver Society" that she and I grew up in. So, I let her know
that I didn't grow up in such a society, because although I have white
skin, coming from immigrant parents, who had to sweat to make a
buck, and living in a small town was very difficult. I told her I was
made fun of and was discriminated against because of my religious
beliefs. I re-assured her that I don't want kids who are of a visible
minority to be subjected to this abuse. However, I also told her that
I never thought that my kids would be excluded and made to feel bad
because of their religious beliefs.
we are such an "open-minded" society, as I thought at one time we were,
we would be acknowledging all holidays in the schools.
found the e-mail you sent yesterday very discouraging. It was the
semon by Metropolitan Moses on the Gospel for The Fourth Sunday of
Saint Luke. Reading this, I felt as though there was no hope for me or
for many who live in today's world. It is impossible for me to live my
life as I should according to God's Law, in this materialistic and
sinful world. Pray for us.