Mansfield School Cancels Holiday Concert After Parent Complaints
MANSFIELD (CBS) – A holiday tradition in Mansfield has come to an end. School leaders at Jordan/Jackson elementary have chosen not to have the regular winter concert, at least as it has been done in recent years.
Typically, the show features the school’s 4th and 5th graders classes singing traditional holiday tunes that celebrated the winter season, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
But the school’s principal told the local paper that after last year’s show, several moms and dads complained about the religious content of the program. So the school made the call to replace the holiday tunes with a Martin Luther King, Jr.-themed performance next month.Okay, I'll freely admit that I don't know just how much "religious content" the program may or may not have had. It's hard to imagine, though, that if they're taking the steps of including Chanukkah and Kwanzaa, that it was terribly *religious* per se; it's far more likely that they barely touch on the religious underpinnings and concentrate on the rituals of all the major celebrations.
Of course, that's not good enough for everyone, so in true "zero tolerance" fashion, they just canceled the whole thing. Far better that the entire program be scrapped - and all the work the kids and teachers put in go to waste - than for someone's anti-religion skivvies get all in a bunch. It would be interesting to know just how many people complained - they say "several", but I'd be shocked if it were more than 2 or 3.
I wonder, too, if the parents that complained work on Christmas. If the holiday so offends them, then they're at their job despite being given the day off, right? I mean, taking the free day off when they don't celebrate, well, that's practically stealing, isn't it? Plain and simple, if you make such a stink that your kids's school cancels their "Holiday Concert" and your lazy ass isn't at your desk at 8:00 AM on December 25th, you are a hypocrite, plain and simple.
Or, in a completely non-religious manner, a Grinch.
That is all.