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