Bristol Palin’s blog post on Patheos is not only embarrassingly lacking in professional polish and wit, it is simply nearly not even there. In less than 75 words the vacuous chit manages to display such monumental ignorance that even her mother’s gross inability to string words together coherently seems (nearly) reasonable.
Bristol seems to think that if Jewish parents would just make their children celebrate Christmas (whether the secular side or the more religious) then the problem here would be solved. Of course this simplistic view of the world isn’t her fault, it is the way she was raised. Her education is sorely lacking in the areas of tolerance and acceptance of others, and heavy in Christian supremacy and the belief that if everyone would just “become American and worship like her” then the world would be a better place.
The blog posting has an introduction claiming that this mother is now the most hated parent at this school, and this quote:
Parents of kindergarten students pulled their kids out of class recently to protest the cancellation of an annual Christmas tradition: a school trip to see Santa.
For the past 10 years, students at Sartorette Elementary School in San Jose, Calif., have taken a field trip to a local coffee shop to deliver letters to Santa, sit on his lap, and drink hot chocolate.
The trip was canceled after one class mother, Talia (who has withheld her last name from the media), complained that the tradition was exclusive of other religions, which don’t believe in Santa or celebrate Christmas. Talia, who is Jewish, says the issue is bigger than one religion. “This is not a Jewish issue for me,” she told NBC Bay Area. “It’s an inclusion issue. We can’t spend five days on just one culture. That’s fostering intolerance. When Christmas is given the same time, or [more] time, than American holidays, like Veterans Day, then kids don’t feel as American.”
Instead of focusing on the mishandling of the entire situation, by the school and the parents, the twitling instead gives us this response:
Why would she ruin all the Christmas fun because of her one child? Her kid would’ve enjoyed it regardless!!
Crazy people can be that desperate for attention to cause so much chaos. Santa isn’t even about religion!
This mom just sounds like a grumpy hater.
I would’ve been joining the other parents to take my kid to see Santa!
Wow, Bristol, this is… um… well, at least your mother is proud of you. The rest of us are pretty disappointed, but at least you have a lot of time left to grow up and learn a few things.
This mother’s observation that spending an entire week on one religious culture is not right is dead on, it isn’t right. Cancelling the trip to see Santa may not have been the right way to deal with this. Perhaps dedicating a day or two to learning about other traditions that American children celebrate in ways that help those children to feel that their traditions don’t detract from them being “American” would have been a better solution. Sometimes children are not allowed by their parents to participate in activities with the other kids – for many reasons – but we should be ashamed of ourselves if we feel that those children’s traditions are any less worthy of celebrating than others.
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