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May 13 2019

Banning Mother’s Day is the Latest Woke Crusade

by Patrice Lee Onwuka

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and in the days leading up to it, women across the world have been celebrated with flowers, cards, and handmade gifts from the kids.

I, for example, received a handmade potholder that my 5-month-old baby boy “made” at his daycare which features the imprints of his tiny feet.

However, a distorted effort for diversity and inclusion is popping up to erase from society the unique celebration of women and motherhood.

This year, kids can’t purchase mugs for their mamas in honor of Mother’s Day at a Melbourne elementary school. The school banned the use of “Mother’s Day” to describe its fundraising stall, where kids can purchase candles and other trinkets for moms because administrators say it was offensive and not inclusive enough. Apparently, in a world of many genders, why should only one be celebrated?

The school renamed the stall the “appreciation stall.”

The principal, Janet Di Pilla, apologized for offending some members of their community and hoped this ban would address “any hurt” from the past.

The problem is that in catering to a minority of probably a few vocal people, she made the decision to alienate the majority of mothers, parents, and families who do celebrate Mother’s Day.

Two years ago, a Canadian school banned kids from making cards and gifts for both Mother’s and Father’s Day for the same reason.

The point of Mother’s Day is to celebrate mothers - women who bring children into this world and/or raise them. Check your greeting card aisle, and you’ll see that Mother’s Day is not limited to birth mothers only, but to grandmothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, aunts, and even spiritual mothers. But, the issue is not with the women who fill the role of mother as much as with women in general.

Political correctness has morphed into social awakening (aka being “woke”) to the grievances of every minority to the level of the majority. These days it’s the idea that there are more than just two genders and they should be recognized as the same as male and females. Furthermore, those that move from one gender to another should be celebrated.

The Melbourne principal said as much when she commented:

'I sincerely hope that this change in name will show that we as a community recognise that our families are not made up of any particular combination of people and that we no longer subscribe to a binary world.’

If this is what’s happening on Mother’s Day, we can imagine what’s in store for Father’s Day.



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