A New Jersey school board, after renaming Columbus Day into a PC travesty, now wants to refer to other holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter as a “day off”, removing their holiday label so as not to offend a hard left constituency. Parents and community residents are up in arms.
FNC: “A new petition is calling on New Jersey school board members to resign after they voted to remove holidays from the official school calendar Thursday. The petition was created by a user with the name Thomas Tatem on Friday and demands Randolph Township school board members and Superintendent Jen Fano to ‘resign immediately,’ saying they ‘clearly do not have the best interests of our children in anything they do.’ The board voted to start listing holidays, including religious and national holidays such as Thanksgiving and Memorial Day as ‘day off’ on the school calendar after receiving backlash for renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day.
— Tim (@TimThomas13) June 12, 2021
Randolph Township Schools Director of Communications and Digital Media, Matthew Pfouts, told press that Superintendent Fano was not directly involved in the board’s vote.
“In partnership with the Randolph Township School district, the Board of Education has always been committed to supporting diversity and inclusion amongst our students, staff, and community,” Pfazo said in a statement. “We believe an effective partnership can only be accomplished between the schools and the community through collective input from all stakeholders. Involvement and communication with our constituents help us guide policy decisions/changes and improve district protocols.”
He said that the move to rename Columbus Day was made “after careful consideration of concerns introduced by both proponents of the change as well as those in opposition to the change. We agreed unanimously that the change would be both inclusive and equitable,” he said. “Although we have made these changes to the school district’s calendar, our decision to change the calendar titles will not impact the education of holidays as guided by the district’s curriculum.” Inclusive and equitable except to American history and also Italian Americans.
“We will not allow our beautiful town to be taken over by woke cancel culture,” Frank Tomasiello, commented on the petition. “History exist[s] so we can learn from it… The good, the bad, and the ugly. And you have now become part of the ugly.”
Michael Guarnieri wrote that “as an Italian American losing Columbus Day was bad enough but as a Christian losing Easter [and] Christmas is even worse…Also I’m [sic] a community with so many Jewish brothers and sisters losing their high holidays is a disgrace,” Guarnieri wrote.