Sunday, November 12, 2006

Between The Blanks, Row On Row

Though the forces of German imperialism have long since been defeated, the forces of transnational progressivism continue their relentless attacks on all fronts, even on Remembrance Day:

Parents at a west-end Toronto school balked this week after crosses were removed from a Remembrance Day display in the name of religious equality.

When teacher Tom Ramanauskas' Grade 3 students at Swansea Public School decorated a bulletin board outside their classroom for Remembrance Day, they included the poppies and crosses symbolized in John McCrae's In Flanders Fields, a poem they had read in class.

But on Thursday, the school's principal had a conversation with Mr. Ramanauskas that prompted him to drop the crosses.

''It was the teacher's decision to take that down, I just made a comment,'' said Faegi Bines, Swansea's principal. After that comment, all but two crosses -- both bearing the names of students' grandparents -- were cut from the display.

Ms. Bines said she told the teacher, ''It represented one aspect of one of the religions represented in the school.'' She questioned the display because it didn't reflect the diversity of the school, and wanted it to represent ''all of the nationalities of the people who fell in the war in order to be respectful to the diversity of the school.''

Incredible how in the name of tolerance and diversity, a simple cross standing by itself can be such a provocation that it frightens its advocates.

But then, it is a reminder of the enemy that transnational progressivism fears most.

Source: National Post


Anonymous said...

Have a listen to the Remembrance podcast on iTunes or on the Royal British Legion blog. It's a good way to remember.

Adrian MacNair said...

"Mr. Ramanauskas"

He definitely aint from Scotland.

I disagree with his decision. Christianity is a defining part of our colonial heritage and the religion by which the majority of people believed when they fought and died in the great wars. To remove the crosses is to be guilty of historical revisionism.

Mr.Ramanuskas should be fired. But he probably won't. Sad.

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khid said...

I think there is a lot more to this story than what is presented here. A teacher was trying to teach his students about Remembrance Day and a comment from his employer (we don't know what that comment was - could it have put his job in jeopardy?) made him change the display. The fact is that this teacher was educating his students on our country's history and was shut down by an unknown comment. I think the Principal of the school should be the one questioned here. Also, in response to some of the rather aggressive comments below Ramanauskus is a Lithuanian surname. Please read "According to a 2001 census, as reported in the CIA World Factbook, the breakdown of religions to which Lithuanians adhere is as follows:

* Roman Catholic 79%
* Russian Orthodox 4.1%
* Protestant (including Lutheran and Evangelical Christian Baptist), 1.9%
* other or unspecified 5.5%
* none 9.5%"
I don't think Mr. Ramanauskus meant any harm and was only teaching his students facts about our Country's history. I certainly don't believe that he deserved to be treated as he was.