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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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Santa Claus Deemed Too Offensive to Immigrant Students

Uncle Samta wants whiney liberals to grow-up and get a life!

Uncle Samta wants whiney liberals to grow-up and get a life!

Our friends at WeaselZippers.com picked-up on a report that Santa Claus has been banned from visiting Head Start classes in St. Peter, Minn., because he makes immigrant children feel ‘uncomfortable’:

The official explanation from Chris Marben, who coordinates regional Head Start programs through Mankato-based Minnesota Valley Action Council: “We have Somali families in the program. We’re respecting the wishes of families in the program.”

She didn’t say how many objections were made, but said more than one would be enough to cancel Santa.

“The simple truth is that southern Minnesota has become a much more culturally diverse society than it was a few decades ago,” she told the paper. “Part of our challenge in Head Start is providing an environment where young children from many different cultures can all feel comfortable.”

And, in related news, a Sikh child has been forbidden from wearing a necklace adorned with a religious symbol that school administrators deem a threat to public safety:

Um, this Kirpan is about as deadly as those jagged broken heart pendants. Maybe TSA will attempt a ban, too?

Um, this Kirpan is about as deadly as those jagged broken heart pendants. Maybe TSA will attempt a ban, too?

After initially telling a Bentley Elementary fourth-grader he could continue wearing a religious symbol important to his Sikh faith while they sorted out the proper way to handle the issue, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools officials have reversed themselves. 

District officials announced Thursday they were banning the Kirpan, a Sikh religious symbol that resembles a dagger and is worn after being baptized into the Sikh faith, citing a ban in the district’s Code of Conduct against weapons and weapon look-alikes …

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