This Santa slid down no chimney, but he feels he and the kids got the shaft nonetheless.
Dennis Jackson said it was over-reaching cultural sensitivity that led to being told his annual Santa appearances must cease at St. Peter Head Start classes for young children.
Jackson said he was told “it was against some people’s wishes” for him to make the half-hour appearances for two classes catering to about three dozen children.
....Chris Marben, who coordinates regional Head Start programs through Mankato-based Minnesota Valley Action Council, said as much.
“We have Somali families in the program,” she said. “We’re respecting the wishes of families in the program.”
She didn’t say how many objections were made, but said that program parents are surveyed annually to gauge their feelings toward holiday observances in classes.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Santa Claus banned from head Start programs over Somali Muslim objections.
Why is it that the majority in this country has to take it on the chin to satisfy the whining of the few?