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December 11, 2011 by staff
Florida Lotto Results, It’s not all that surprising that the chairman of an education committee in the Florida Senate has filed a bill to make sure that the state’s public schools go on Christmas Break rather than Winter Break.
Calling the days off — which this year stretches to Jan. 9 — a Winter Break bothers Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, who runs the Florida Senate Committee on Education Pre-K-12.
“The majority of people in America are Christians,” Wise told a Jacksonville TV station last week. “So I said, why don’t we just call it Christmas Break?”
At first blush, it appears that Wise is going to great lengths to be offensive. But, as I said, he represents Jacksonville. And he’s also term-limited.
So he’s got little motivation to be a mensch.
“We respect the rights of the minority, but it comes to the point when the minority doesn’t need to be running the majority,” he said. “We have the votes, you can pass the legislation. The minority sometimes has to work with the majority.
“The reason we’re off is because of Christmas,” he said.
Not to be a stickler here, but the reason why Christmas is at the end of December was because the pagans were having too much fun celebrating the winter solstice, the mother of all winter breaks.
Christianity even managed to engineer a two-fer by scheduling the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ on New Year’s Day.
(I’m still waiting for some enterprising Christian politician to suggest that the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square ought to feature a descending scalpel.)
But the evolution of Christmas isn’t a topic I’d expect Wise to think about.
He’s not big on the idea of evolution, period. He has spent his tenure as one of Florida’s leading lights in education to push for teaching creationism in science classes.
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