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Santa Ban Prompts County to Consider De-Funding Head Start

"This may affect my willingness to fund money for them," said Supervisor Bill Russell. "That's just the way I am."

"This may affect my willingness to fund money for them," said Supervisor Bill Russell. "That's just the way I am."

A local Mississippi Head Start program that enforced a ban on Santa Claus from visiting children last month is now at risk of losing funding in the upcoming year. Concerned members of DeSoto County’s Board of Supervisors say the ban conflicts with Head Start’s “set of core values which … respects families, cultures and diversity.”

Prior to Christmas, a memo from Head Start state headquarters in Holly Springs implored employees in the program’s 367 pre-school centers to refrain from displaying Santa Claus and Christmas-themed decorations. Specifically, Head Start’s Virda Lee warned, “Please DO NOT invite Santa to your center.”

A “Winter Wonderland” theme featuring snowmen and snowflakes, however, was suggested by Lee as a suitable alternative during the season otherwise known as ‘Christmas.’

While Christmas was shunned in the name of promoting ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ to Head Start’s young participants, it was revealed by Gov. Haley Barbour’s spokesman this week that the ban on all things Christmas appears to be the handiwork of a naughty elf, aka Virda Lee, because it’s definitely not the “official position” of the statewide program.

DeSoto County’s Board of Supervisors said they want answers from Head Start regarding its official position on Christmas before making critical funding decisions later this month.

“We have an American culture, and every time we turn around it gets chipped away and chipped away, and I’m getting tired of it,” said Supervisor Allen Latimer.

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‘Tis the Season for Mandatory Kwanzaa in the Classroom

The Afro-centric 'holiday,' Kwanzaa, has become a sacred annual tradition that public schools are forcing kids of all races to celebrate and embrace, in the name of teaching 'tolerance' and 'diversity,' of course.

The Afro-centric 'holiday,' Kwanzaa, has become a sacred annual tradition that public schools are forcing kids of all races to celebrate and embrace, in the name of teaching 'tolerance' and 'diversity,' of course.

Yesterday, the Nanny State Liberation Front reported that Head Start classes in Minn. banned Santa Claus from visiting because he makes “immigrant” students feel ‘uncomfortable.’ Ironically, forcing school children of all races to “meditate on the awesome meaning of being African in the world” has become a sacred annual tradition in public schools across the nation.

Children at Falk Elementary School in Madison, Wisc., are currently being instructed to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa, whether they or their parents like it or not. Although thirty-percent of the student population is white, teacher Kira Fobbs claims, “All the [Kwanzaa] principles we’re celebrating and teaching every day are universal.”

“Universal?” Tell that to Kwanzaa inventor Ron Karenga. He recently educated students at N.C. Central University on the principles of his ‘holiday,’ confirming that its message and target audience are anything but universal or diverse:

“We have the most ancient history in the world,” Karenga told students at the nation’s first public liberal arts college founded for African-Americans. “[Kwanzaa is a time] to meditate on the awesome meaning of being African in the world.”

Despite the Karenga’s own admission that his ‘holiday‘ is narrowly focused on celebrating African culture and heritage, Falk Elementary School teachers, ninety-four percent of which are white, say they incorporate the seven principles of Kwanzaa into lesson plans every day:

They form a circle as they dance, clap and chant in unison to a song about freedom. When the music ends, the children chatter with fresh energy for a moment, until teacher Kira Fobbs walks slowly to the center, demanding silence with her stare.

“I am somebody,” she calls out.

“I am somebody!” the students respond.

“I am capable and lovable,” she says and they repeat. “I am teachable.” “Therefore I can learn.” “I can do anything if I try.” “I’ll be the best that I can be …”

After the crescendo of affirmations, the students recite the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).

Finally the students at the school on Madison’s Southwest Side break into four groups, each named after an African tribe, and head to classrooms where they pursue projects and activities focused on the principles.

In the Ujaama classroom, student hear a folk tale about sharing, then paint penny banks to collect money for a library in Ghana. In the Ujima classroom, they work on a blanket and cards for the American Family Children’s Hospital. In the Imani group, students listen to a rap song by LL Cool J about never giving up.

Yet, when a minority of immigrant students complain about Santa Claus making them feel ‘uncomfortable’ because he is not part of their cultures or faiths, the public school system bends over backwards to make the majority shun their own cultural and religious traditions — for the sake of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance,’ of course.

Nowadays, all that remains in public school classrooms across the nation are images of snowmen, fir trees and wreaths during the so-called “Holiday Season” formerly known as “Christmas.” Thanks to Kwanzaa, school children can recite African chants and songs while affirming the principles of a cultural and ethnic ‘tradition’ that, for many, has absolutely no relevance or meaning to themselves and their families’ own cultural and ethnic heritage.

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School’s Innocent Tradition Falls Victim to Anti-Bullying Policy

Click to watch Principal Syzmaniak's justifying his "proactive" decision to outlaw a longstanding tradition at his new school.

Click to watch Principal Syzmaniak's justifying his "proactive" decision to outlaw a longstanding tradition at his new school.

A Massachusetts high school has banned the annual tradition of freshmen boys and girls wearing pink t-shirts to distinguish them from upperclassmen at a pre-Thanksgiving football game pep rally. According to the school’s new principal, the color pink is a magnet for bullying.

“Officially, nobody’s come to me yet this year,” said Whitman Hanson Regional High School Principal Jeffrey Szymaniak, “but I’m trying to be proactive with that so that if one student feels inappropriate in this area, or one student doesn’t feel safe, that we’ve created an environment where all kids feel comfortable and safe.”

FOX-25 reporter Shannon Mulaire said students told her that in previous years, before their new principal arrived, “they weren’t forced to wear pink, but they did have the option, and some of them want that back.”

At this year’s pep rally, seniors will still wear their traditional black t-shirts, while juniors sport red and sophomores don their whites — but freshmen will be banned from wearing pink — no questions asked, Syzmaniak warns.

Szymaniak told Mulaire that any student who shows up to the pep rally wearing pink will be denied entrance and re-directed to the cafeteria where they can participate in “another activity.”

Michael Graham, a conservative talk show host in Boston, sums up the situation nicely: “Being picked on by a fellow student is too horrifying to bear, but being singled out by the principal and punished? It’s A-OK!”

Contact Principal Szymaniak if you are outraged by his arrogance. He has stigmatized the color pink and promoted it to his students as a sign of weakness that invites bullying — not vice-versa:

Email: jeffrey.szymaniak@whrsd.org
Tel: 781-618-7020
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000417334992

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State’s Bureaucrats Pushing Cub Scouts to Extinction

Are Cub Scout recruitment efforts being hampered by school officials with an axe to grind against the organization's moral beliefs and policies?

Are Cub Scout recruitment efforts being hampered by school officials with an axe to grind against the organization's moral beliefs and policies?

A Cub Scout pack in Virginia is on the brink of extinction, thanks to bureaucrats who are prohibiting the young boys from recruiting new members. “If we don’t get new recruits, we will run out of kids,” said Tammy Hancock, committee chair for Cub Scout Pack 7 in Smithfield, Va.

“In 2007, Isle of Wight School administrators banned outside flyers and materials from being sent home with students and banned recruiting events at the schools as well,” reports the Smithfield Times. “The ban, based on a Virginia School Board Association recommendation, was voluntary and many other school districts in the Colonial Virginia Council still allow the Scouts access to students.” And, many other schools do not.

Cub Scout Pack 7 is hoping their recruiting nights at the local library will generate the numbers needed to continue helping young boys “achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.”

An August 2005 policy document produced by the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) cautions school administrators against helping organizations distribute literature, especially if they have a perceived or real religious-themed message:

Once school officials have opened the door and allowed outside groups to distribute materials, the control of content or restrictions over who is extended that access becomes a delicate constitutional issue. Where school officials attempt to limit access or manage the content of materials, they may find themselves caught in the tension between the Establishment Clause and the free speech rights of students, staff, and community. The Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits government endorsement or sponsorship of religion and it requires that government not aid or show preference for religion, whether religion over non-religion, or one religion over another.

The VSBA policy adds:

Do schools have to distribute materials from the Boy Scouts?

The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools with a designated open forum or limited public forum, and which receive federal education funds, to provide the Boy Scouts and “other designated patriotic youth organizations” such as Little League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Girl Scouts, the same access to school facilities as is provided to other outside community and youth groups. Access includes access to school-related communication tools (i.e. materials distribution and bulletin boards).

In October of 2004, the Department of Education proposed regulations to the Boys Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

Under the proposed regulations, schools “may not deny equal aces [sic] or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group oficialy [sic] afiliated [sic] with the Boy Scouts of America or any other [patriotic youth organization] … that wishes to conduct a meeting within the covered entity’s designated open forum or limited public forum.”

Neither NCLB nor the proposed regulation requires schools with a closed forum to open the forum. Nor do they require a district with an open or limited public forum to distribute or post Boy Scout materials if they don’t do so for any other groups. Schools simply must treat these patriotic youth groups in the same manner they treat other outside community groups.

The Boy Scouts of America have been the target of attacks by homosexual advocacy groups and their allies since the organization officially began denying membership to avowed homosexuals, as both leaders and Scouts.

Could it be that schools with ‘gay-friendly’ administrators are voicing their disapproval of the Boy Scouts’ policy by ‘voluntarily’ opting to prohibit them from recruiting on school grounds?

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Court Rules Snobby Bureaucrats Can Ban Pick-up Trucks

Welcome to Coral Gables ... unless you drive a pick-up truck!

Welcome to Coral Gables ... unless you drive a pick-up truck!

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal issued a ruling Wednesday upholding a ritzy city’s absurd law banning overnight parking of pickup trucks in posh neighborhoods.

Coral Gables, Fla. is home to wealthy citizens whose average household incomes exceed $128,288 and median home values top $710,000. And, when it comes to the city’s preferred mode of transportation, pick-up trucks are for hired help and day laborers — not residents.

In 2003, former resident Lowell Kuvin learned that his Ford F-150 pick-up truck posed a threat to society after being fined $50 for parking it in front of his home. He filed suit against the city and won, but bureacrats and local residents did not relent in their attempts to brand pick-ups a ‘threat to society.’

Activist judges this week in a 6-2 decision overturned the court’s 2007 decision that declared the city’s pick-up truck ban “unconstitutional,” concluding that the law is actually “rationally related to the health and welfare of the residents in the city.”

City Attorney Elizabeth Hernandez told the Miami Herald that officials believe the ban is being enforced as a “quality of life” issue, and if pick-up trucks get a free pass today, they fear it opens the door to residents bringing tractor trailers and other non-traditional vehicles in to the upper-class suburban community.

Lowell Kuvin’s brother and attorney, Spencer Kuvin, said he will take the fight to the state’s Supreme Court because it “boils down to individual rights versus government regulation.”

Do you agree or disagree that pick-up trucks pose a threat to the “health and welfare” of suburban communities, meriting an official ban?

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