I swear I don’t know what kind of a world we are living in some times. I’m just flabbergasted. (h/t – Atlas Shrugs)
Dishonoring Our Veterans – Cal Thomas, NY Sun
New Jersey legislators have unanimously passed a measure that includes a provision to remove the state mandate to teach about Veterans Day in the public schools. And not only Veterans Day: The bill would also remove requirements to teach about Columbus on Columbus Day, the Pilgrims around Thanksgiving Day, and even Commodore Barry Day which commemorates the Revolutionary War hero for whom a bridge is named, which spans the Delaware River to connect Bridgeprt, N.J., to Chester, PA.
The ban on teaching about such holidays is included in a larger bill that passed the legislature last month. It is designed to help control New Jersey’s spiraling property taxes. Governor Corzine has not indicated whether he’ll sign it.
Since 1967, New Jersey schools have been told to observe Veterans Day and related holidays to promote “the development of a higher spirit of patriotism.” Under the “law” of political correctness, apparently anything that promotes love of country, or God, or the military is now to be avoided.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. If I recall, New Jersey was a Tory-loving place in the 1770s and I also believe NJ voted against Lincoln in 1864. (And if I’m wrong, I’m sure someone will correct me.) So there is a track record in the Garden State of disdain of country, after all.