We interupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this special rant.
Ok. So Astral Drive Elementary School has decided, it what I’m sure they thought to be infinite wisdom, to dispense with the celebration of Mother’s and Father’s day, due to a complaint by a same sex couple in 2011. This has brought the president of the PTO to resign, and other parents to protest the loss of celebration of these two days.
My first question is, what are the same sex couple and the school thinking?
My second question, and more important…. Why is the same sex couple offended?
I’ll address question two first. Perhaps they are concerned that the child they have will feel left out of celebratory activities. Or perhaps they want to remove the distinction between the two parent types. Or perhaps it could just be an attempt to garner attention. I don’t really know. I had only 1 parent growing up, as did millions of others. Did our parents request that they dispense with the celebrations at school? Of course not. Why? Because it was not fair to those who could celebrate. Many kids had mothers and fathers, and of course they want to do something nice for them. As far as removing the distinction of “mother” and “father”, as long as there are same sex marriages, there will always be a mother and a father. These are roles that people are proud of, and should not be extinguished because a single couple or group of people disagree with it. The idea of not celebrating your parents, regardless of sex, is ludicrous.
Back to question one….. I can only imagine what they were thinking, but I would assume the same sex couple are feeling “left out”. Well we all get left out of things from time to time. We all can’t do everything.
As for the School, well they do what schools do best. Placate. Schools have to deal with so much cultural and family differences, that they simple comply with most requests made, as to not garner negative press or offend someone.
Well guess what? The PTO president is offended. The parents of the kids are offended, and I’m offended. Our society seems to have a predilection for making apparent minority groups happy at the expense of the majority group, and no one will say anything for fear the minority group will declare discrimination.
Discrimination is defined as the prejudicial and/or distinguishing treatment of an individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or category.
Well in this case, being Heterosexual is a group. We are being told WITH prejudice that the kids at the school cannot celebrate Father’s Day. Is this not discrimination? They are basically saying “because we are same sex, you cannot have your Heterosexual celebration”.
I have no issue with same sex partners, I know a few, and love them dearly. What I have a hard time with, is being made to disband or dispense with things just because it offends someone.
What really should have happened here is that the same sex parents should have explained the situation to the child, and come up with an alternative. Perhaps have the child do a card to his Grandmother n Mother’s day or Grandfather on father’s day. Don’t have the school effectively punish the rest of the kids and by extension the other parents. It is not a shame to be Heterosexual, or have a mother or father, so why ask the school to stop it?
I think all sexes, races, religions etc, should all respect each other’s beliefs. If we find something another group is doing offensive, then we don’t participate.
Ok, I’m done. Now back to your regularly scheduled program