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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Christmas and Easter banned in Scarborough college

A college in Yorkshire has removed Christmas and Easter from its staff calendar for fear of offending ethnic minorities.

Instead, the holidays will be referred to as “end of term breaks” in order to “increase inclusion and diversity”, say senior managers at Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
A spokesman said: “All employees at Yorkshire Coast College are encouraged to closely follow guidelines set out by Ofsted for the promotion of equality and diversity. We constantly review the ways we communicate to ensure we do not discriminate.”

But the move has been branded “barmy” by Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill.

“We are a Christian country and, to be honest, religious tolerance in this country is about respecting other people’s religious beliefs. We live in a country where there is a mutual respect for religious beliefs,” said Mr Goodwill.

He added that people are “petrified that they offend the minority but what they are actually doing is offending the majority. It’s political correctness gone mad and I am disappointed that it’s from an edict from Ofsted.”

Information about this, what could be seen as discriminatory decision, appeared in the Scarborough Evening News.

One comment which was placed on that newspaper's website read like this:-
"I now live in Turkey - a predominantly Muslim country.
As I sit here and type this, I can hear the local mosque calling the faithful to prayer. Oh yes - my local paper is open at the page advertising dozens of places open for Christmas Day lunch. Must be a message there."

Another example of Bonkers Britain!

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