Being politically correct is all that many on the left seem to value, these days. The fear of offending others has grown to such large proportions that many institutions are asking people to abandon their own beliefs and traditions to avoid offending others.

Nowhere is that more evident than in a public school in New York labeled PS 169. The school's principal, Eujin Jaela Kim, made a move this year that is infuriating to the school's Parent Teacher Association.

In a new memo to the school Kim and assistant principal Jose Chaparro banned the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in an effort to be more politically correct. But that's not all.

Thanksgiving is no longer celebrated, the school instead replaced the uniquely American holiday with a "harvest festival," celebrating the harvest instead of the inspiring beginnings of the United States. But it's not only historical or traditional celebrations which have religious overtones that are banned.

The school doesn't allow any mention of Santa Claus, the word Christmas, angels, or even Christmas trees with stars on them. "We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David," said the PTA president Mimi Ferrer.

The school administrators are claiming that the new bans are in effect because not all children in the school "celebrate the same holidays." However, especially in the case of Thanksgiving, celebrating an American holiday doesn't mean you support everything done by America, but it does mean that you are grateful and pay homage to the country for the freedoms that you enjoy.

Especially troubling is the fact that PS 169 is a public school. Why is that more troubling than if the school were a private institution?

It's because of the blatant attack on American tradition and history. If we can't even stand up and celebrate the history that made this nation what it is, how much longer until we lose the joy and power of celebrating anything at all?

h/t: Fox News

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