Officials at South Orange Middle School canceled a field trip to a performance of Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol, " because some students (or parents) might find the play "offensive. " One news story attributed the cancellation to a single Jewish parent who was offended by the play's "Christian theme. "
I've seen "A Christmas Carol " on many occasions and have yet to discover a "Christian " theme in it, unless you consider the "conversion " of Scrooge by the "ghosts " of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas yet to come a religious act. It is a story about charity, kindness and good will which, the last I checked, was a theme not only in all religions but also among humanists and other non-theists.
What exactly have you been smoking Cal? You can't find the Christian theme in "A CHRISTmas Carol"? First, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of someone who you consider to be a god, it's not exactly a purely secular holiday. And come on Cal, you don't have to dig deep into that story to find some blatant anti-Semitism, so a Jewish parent has every right to keep their kids from having to see it. Ebenezer Scrooge is a businessman who doesn't celebrate Christmas and is "shown the light" of the error of his ways and converted. Do I need to draw you a picture? And I don't think I've read a Dickens novel that didn't have some back-handed comment against Jews. And don't you remember the character Fagin in Oliver Twist who was a money grubbing and deceitful Jewish person in control of a criminal gang.