One of the favorite tactics of Liberals is to change the name of things in an effort to make them "seem" different than they really are. The best example is the insistence that illegal immigrants in this country be referred to a "undocumented"--so as not to appear that they are advocating on behalf of people who are breaking the law. But a school district in Maryland is taking the "renaming game" to whole 'nother level by making the entire calendar "politically correct".
Muslims living in Montgomery County wanted to know why kids in the schools are given days off for Christian and Jewish Holidays--but their children had to attend classes on Islamic holidays. Given that a governmental body has two Constitutional choices when it comes to religion: "all or none", the School Board opted for "none" and removed the religious names from the vacation dates. "Christmas Break" becomes "Winter Break", "Good Friday and Easter Week" becomes "Spring Break" while "Rosh Hoshanah" and "Yom Kippur" becomes "Those Days In October That You Don't Have To Come To School".
Except, Montgomery County didn't really go "no religion" because the dates of all these "non-secular days off" still fall upon all of the Christian and Jewish holiday dates! Does anyone really think that kids are off on December 25th for any other reason than Christmas? And that the Friday before the first Sunday after the full moon following the Spring Equinox is not "Good Friday"? However, in their (Liberal) minds, these are not religious holidays anymore because "we aren't calling them religious holidays anymore". Another problem solved by Progressive thinking!
Meanwhile, the state of Washington has gone in the complete opposite direction, choosing the "all" option and passing a law that public employees must be given two days off for "the religious observances of their choice". That means everyone--but atheists--can get whatever holidays they want off of work--in addition to the already recognized religious dates like Christmas. And that apparently includes Festivus--which really bugs me. As someone who celebrates Festivus myself, I'm glad to see its formal recognition growing--but what is getting lost is that it's an ANTI-HOLIDAY HOLIDAY!! That means it should NOT be given the same status as the made-up days that everyone else is celebrating. Besides, Kramer was fired for asking off from the bagel shop for Festivus--so that is a tradition that should be honored.
So I will see you all at work on December 23rd, 24th and 25th. Unless of course you are taking "Winter Break".