This is getting ridiculous. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
So long, Halloween parade. Farewell, Santa's gift shop.
The holiday traditions are facing elimination in some Oak Lawn schools this year after complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students.
Final decisions on which of the festivities will be axed will fall to the principals at each of Ridgeland School District 122's five schools, Supt. Tom Smyth said.
How is it that people can come here from anywhere else in the world and demand we change our traditions for them? What in the hell is wrong with this picture?
Elizabeth Zahdan, a mother of three District 122 students, says she took her concerns to the school board this month, not because she wanted to do away with the traditions, but rather to make them more inclusive. "I only wanted them modified to represent everyone," she said.
More inclusive? The damn traditions are what they are. If they are changed they are effectively done away with. And how in the hell do you modify Halloween to represent Muslims? Maybe everyone wears a burka?
Mrs. Zahdan, if you don't like our traditions, please feel free to go back to where you came from. This is the United States of America. We have our traditions, our holidays, our celebrations. No one is forcing you to participate. Do not expect us to change to accommodate YOU. You chose to come here, deal with it. If our culture is so offensive to you, then you came to the wrong place.