Geneseo schools looking at ending hol...

Geneseo schools looking at ending holiday celebrations

There are 169 comments on the WQAD story from Oct 2, 2010, titled Geneseo schools looking at ending holiday celebrations. In it, WQAD reports that:

GENESEO, Ill. - With two boys at Geneseo's Millikin elementary school and a daughter on the way, Kisha Shoemaker is upset that her sons' school will no longer celebrate certain holidays.

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Geneseo, IL

#161 Oct 5, 2010
teresa oltman wrote:
Man! Where do these attacks come from? You know who I am I don't hide under an alias. Have you read my posts? I am NOT against anyone elses religion! I would and never have caused a "fuss" over someone else' right. But here we have been called every intollerent name and told to switch schools and even districts! This obviously is a bigger issue than we all thought or we wouldn't have these words to exchange! And yes, almost every other post opposed has mentioned the "forcing" of religion, which is worse than "sneaking"...
I have read every single post on here and I feel most of the attacking is on the majority side, and besides the majority takes up most of the posts. I personally don't believe that you are trying to force your religion on anyone either. If you didn't want a debate then you shouldn't have started this or got into it. And as far as disrespect goes, I've heard the hatefulness about the principal many times in these posts, and this is probably your childs principal. All this hate for changing a party name without asking. I think the parents could have been more mature about it too. You may have your name out here for everyone to see, but many may not want to post their name because they don't want their kids to have to debate this either. So are you calling us a coward? Because if thats the case then almost everyone on your side is also hiding under an alias.

Arlington, TX

#162 Oct 6, 2010
There have been certain muslim groups and others who hate American freedoms, but are trying to use them to their advantage, names are changed but scare tactics are used to make you believe more people feel the way they do, be careful who you think you are talking to and who you take sides with!
OH Really

Iowa City, IA

#163 Oct 6, 2010
How about just have the kids who don't want (or can't) participate head to the gym or something? They can deal with it with their own parents. I'm glad we don't live in Geneseo. The town is ran with old earned money handed over to people who not only don't have a clue, but don't have the nads to stand up to crap like this. This town is on it's way to becoming Galesburg.

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#164 Oct 12, 2010
since when does minority win, it's always been majority wins. in a public school, shouldn't the public have a say or vote on the topic. the kids who do not participate should be in the classroom studying not being sent home because the parent of those kids think the parties are a waste of school time, so i would let the kids out or go to the gym that want to have the parties.
thankyou and GOD bless

Alexis, IL

#165 Oct 16, 2010
Geneseomom wrote:
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Amen! The comments about our country being founded under God shows how close minded our community is! Our country is founded from slavery and greed. Claimed Christians owned slaves and worked them for no wages to make this country, and now it's founded under God???? This country still has a long way to go when it comes to repecting all people and religions. School and religion shouldn't mix in public schools. That is why some parents mentioned that if you want it to, then private and religious schools offer this and everyone agrees. Otherwise there is church. I don't want my kids learning religion at school. In fact everyone is complaining about God being taken out of school. How??? No one prays or mentions Jesus at these parties. It's a bunch of cupcakes and activities. You can't have that with a Winter or Fall party?
What has slavery got to do with school parties? Why spin this into a race issue? So, you're trying to say all Christians were slave owners? Why must people always play the victim to force their own ideas onto others? Good Lord!!!

Springfield, MO

#167 Nov 25, 2010
Mom of a Geneseo student wrote:
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God wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. If we let them do away with the Christmas party, then it's the songs, then the pledge and so on and so forth. If we don't stand up for this now, then how are we going to stand when the issues get bigger? My belief is keeping God in schools, and I do believe that pleases Him!!
I do not believe God is pleased by "things". Do you believe that parties, pledges, and songs are necessary for God to be part of your life? God is 'pleased' when we believe and have faith in him. Belief and faith in God are the core of Christianity and they are intangible.

You do understand that God, Jesus, etc. are never discussed at the parties, right?

Springfield, MO

#168 Nov 25, 2010
Geneseo Mom Also wrote:
Your question has been answered by many. I would welcome the oppurtunity for my child to learn about other religions so that he or she could be well informed of all the other cultures there are. Others would choose to keep their children home.
As far as this country's foundation, that too is up for debate. You should do some research, it is interesting. Many say they were not deists as people thought they were. Our founding Fathers made some very interesting comments on their religious beliefs.
It can also be debated that God was mentioned in the Constitution.
It's a matter of ones interpretation.
God, Jesus, etc. are never mentioned in the Constitution. Religion is mentioned, but only in exclusionary terms.

Peru, IL

#169 Feb 6, 2011
Total non-issue. You people have too much free time on your hands. Also, Geneseo schools suck.
Vivek Golikeri

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#170 Jul 18, 2011
If it's evangelicals or Jehovah's Witnesses trying to force their beliefs on me, I brutally tell them to get out of my face. But Christmas has always been a vital and essential ingredient in American life and culture. Majority rule so long as minority rights are protected. If the general population want Christmas celebrations and their own money funds them, what is so terrible? This is taking separation of church and state too far.

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