A Minnesota school district has decided to remove references to Christmas and Easter from its official calendar as part of its dedication to promoting equity and diversity. In essence, this means that the approach taken to achieve equity and diversity involves the elimination of Christian holidays.
Brainerd Public Schools has clarified that students and staff will still have time off during these periods. However, moving forward, these holidays will be referred to as Winter Break and Spring Break, a change that has drawn attention for its lack of originality.
“The intent here was that we’re recognizing that we’re a diverse community with many different beliefs and that we wanted to make sure that we weren’t creating a condition where we were excluding someone unnecessarily from feeling a full participant in the community that’s Brainerd Public Schools,” Tim Murtha, the district’s director of teaching and learning, told school board members.
As per the Brainerd Dispatch, Murtha referenced the “district’s commitment to equity,” which was endorsed in July 2021, as well as the understanding of inclusion put forth by the Equity Task Force within the district.
Newly appointed board member DJ Dondelinger expressed his disagreement with the decision to eliminate Christian holidays from the calendar, citing it as nonsensical.
“We’re a Christian country, built on Christian values — we may not be today — I’m not saying everyone’s a Christian, but if you and I took a job in Saudi Arabia, we probably wouldn’t be upset that Christmas wasn’t on the schedule. If we were in Israel, I don’t think it’d be upsetting that Christmas wasn’t on the calendar. And that’s just what this country was built on,” he told the newspaper.
Citizens were just shell shocked that the cancel culture mob had taken over their small town.
“People are going to have to start standing up and saying ‘oh hell no,’” one resident wrote on social media. “This is a Country founded Christian values and now our schools are getting rid of Christmas off of their calendar and Easter. I can’t believe this.”