According to the New York Post, Principal Eujin Jaela Kim has banned anything and everything that might have a religious connotation… including the Pledge of Allegiance (which I can only assume was banned for the phrase “Under God.”)
Santa Claus. Banned. Though I’m not sure what religion he represents. He’s part of a Christmas tradition. But it has NOTHING to do with religion!
Stars. Banned. It could be the Star of David, and that would be a problem, since that’s a Jewish symbol.
Thanksgiving. Banned. What religion is THAT tied to? Wouldn’t it be applicable to everyone? There’s not even a requirement to give thanks to any deity, let alone a specific one!
Interestingly enough, the NY Department of Education has no problem with religious holiday symbols. I guess it’s just Principal Kim who has a problem. She also has a problem with the U.S. Constitution, specifically the 1st Amendment because religious freedom is still a protected right, even for children on a public school campus.
The assistant principal sent a letter to staff urging them to “be sensitive of the diversity of our families.” Being sensitive to others is a good thing. But you don’t have to wipe out other people’s traditions under the guise of being “sensitive.” Wouldn’t that sensitivity also apply to those who’s traditions you are banning?
And don’t even get me started about her ban on the Pledge of Allegiance… unconscionable.
You can read the full account at NYPost.