Extreme Political Correctness

on Apr 15, 2011 @ 03:58 pm

I heard this story on the radio this morning and I could not stop laughing.

“Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.
"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said. She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behaviour rules." "I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay,"
Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs." “ -

*Blurb taken from MyNorthWest.com 

This is a serious case of extreme-political-correctness. What do you guys think? Do you think societies need to be more politically correct or less? Do you think we should take Easter out of the season? 

6 Replies

Ali de Bold
Is this a joke? on Apr 15, 2011 @ 04:32 pm

'spring spheres' - that's pretty hilarious! I think it is completely ridiculous to change the name of any holiday to make it more politically correct. If you don't like it, don't celebrate it!

there is only one reason for Easter season on Apr 15, 2011 @ 08:34 pm

Easter is a Christian holiday that has been secularized by the bunnies, chocolate and whatnotall. It's not like it's a random holiday that's been appropriated by a religion like Dec 25 was for the Christ Mass a.k.a. Christmas.

To deny that Easter is anything other than the observance of Jesus Christ's death whether you're a Christian or not is completely ridiculous. If it weren't for that event, there would be no such thing as Easter. End of story.

'Spring spheres'? Puhleaze!

spring spheres suck.... on Apr 16, 2011 @ 07:39 pm

I would never go on a 'spring spheres' hunt.

"Easter Spheres" is not an easy phrase for kids to say... on Apr 19, 2011 @ 10:13 am

Good point mumaluv. I always thought of the secularization of these holidays the same
, but you're right they aren't. Easter is a historical church calander event, while Christmas evolved and was given meaning by?the Church. There is no reason that Easter needs to be a holiday for everyone at all, but I guess?society has?gotten attached to?its long weekend and family gatherings so secular culture had to make it special somehow.

There really is so reason to deny Easter eggs though, the eggs have very very little to do with anything religious at all.

Ridiculous! on Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:07 am

That is so utterly ridiculous that I don't even know where to begin. Christmas trees are "holiday trees" and now Easter eggs are "spring spheres"? Give me a break.

I look at it this way. I am a practicing Christian the same as a Jew, Muslim, etc practices their beliefs. And at Christmas, I've been told by workplaces not to say "Merry Christmas" to customers but I would anyway. Frankly, if a Jew can say "Happy Hannakuh" to me then why can't I say "Merry Christmas"? I respect their belief in Hannakuh the same I believe it's only fair that I can have my belief mutually respected.

I believe Christmas is Jesus' birth and Easter is His death and resurrection. I have a right to believe that and partake in the celebrations of both holidays the same as the Jewish Passover only days before Easter. Like Ali said, if you don't like it then don't celebrate it! Technically speaking, if we want to be entirely "politically correct" then there should be no mention of any holidays/religious observances ever at all - including days off. So we can kiss long weekends goodbye, for everybody. Whether it's Christmas, Hannakuh, Kwanza, Ramadon, etc. Theoretically it should be a totally even playing field.

I'm not about to go along with "Happy Holidays" or (what I fear may be in the future) "Happy Spring Day". I say it like it is because I am a Christian and those are my holidays that have a significant meaning to me. I realize we live in a country that is rich in muticulturalism and we do need to be aware that our religions are not the only ones out there. But I do not think we need to change the wording of things or practices to make others who don't believe more comfortable. For example, if I (as a Christian and Canadian) moved to Israel, I would not get my holidays off. I would get Jewish holidays off. I would definitely get "Happy Hannakuh" and see celebrations of Yom Kippur, Passover, etc. Would this offend me? Absolutely not. That is their belief system and I have mine.

I respect all other religions and their holidays and beliefs. So why is it that a Christian's cannot? If we tried to say that "Happy Kwanza" is not allowed to be said anymore, there would be an outrage! Too bad we can't all just understand each other.

Sorry to ramble :) Must have struck a nerve!

Ramble on..... on Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:37 am

@beachbabe agreed and AMEN.

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