There is no doubt that Christmas is not just a “religious” holiday, though it does serve as a religious holiday for many Christians. However, everyone celebrates Christmas. It’s a federal holiday; the businesses and schools are closed, and people spend this time with their families. What could be wrong with the day?
In Montgomery County, Maryland, they have decided to ban “Christmas,” including specific uses of the word. The reason for such a decision? Many Muslim families in the area said that they are not even comfortable with the deicison to have the word “Christmas” written on school calanders, according to CNN. This is causing a massive debate over political correctness in the county.
The changes are starting in the schools. Christmas will not be labeled on any of the school calendars in Montomery County. But it won’t stop there. Christmas break is now a thing of the past. This will now be called winter break instead. Why? Because inclusiveness.
The days that school is not in session will not be changed. Students will still have Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Christmas, and Easter weekend off from school. The only difference is the names will not appear on any schedule listing the days off. Instead, it will just mention that there won’t be classes held for students on those days.
This news came after the local Board of Education made their decision. Their argument for keeping the out-of-school days is the fact that they are not based on religion–rather, they are secular.
In the instance of Christmas, they recognize that many students and teachers will be absent from the day. Instead of holding classes for a small number of children, they are simply closing school for the day to avoid complications and students getting behind.
Those in the area’s Muslim community were making a push to cancel school during their religious holidays, such as Eid al-Adha. Since the Board of Education claims that schools only close for secular reasons–not religious ones.