wlinden at PANIX.COM
Sat Dec 9 10:15:02 PST 2000
On Fri, 8 Dec 2000, Alec Walen wrote:
> >(2) Some African American families in our church in Chicago were very
> >upset about the celebration of Kwanzaa at their children's public school.
> >The school treated Kwanzaa as cultural and not religious; but these
> >families considered Kwanzaa as a quasi-religious alternative to Christmas.
> >They objected on the ground that, in effect, the schools were teaching
> >black children that Kwanzaa -- and not Christmas -- is the authentic
> >holiday for African Americans.
> The point seems to shift here. The first three sentences imply that the
> problem was that the African American families felt that their
> "quasi-religious" alternative was being treated as *merely* cultural. But
> I don't see why this has to be the case. One could easily enough teach
I get just the opposite impression... that Christian parents objected to
their children being indoctrinated with a "quasi-religious" ideology.
Will Linden wlinden at panix.com
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