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February 08 2007 @ 04:10 pm
Since when is Valentine's Day religious?  
I just read an article that said DePere, Wisconsins school district voted to change Valentine's Day to Friendship Celebration Day! Apparently, this is because it is St. Valentine's Day and therefore religious. Now I ask you, since when is Valentine's Day religious?

The sheer stupidity of people. They talk of tolarance and yet if anything has a hint of Christianity to it they want it banned! It's just ludicrious. Just because you hear about something religious doesn't mean you'll struck "dumb" with religion, not that I think believing in God is stupid or dumb. It's just I know there are those who don't believe but I really think they haven't seen Valentine's Day as religious either.

The article also suggested (mockingly) some other name changes:
1. Saint Patrick's Day
2. Angel food cake
3. San Jose
4. Santa Claus
5. Santa Ana
6. Saint Bernard
7. Amaheim Angels

I mean you can't have things named for Saints and Angels... can you? Oh that does mean Sara Evan's song Saint & Angels is out too. Damn, next thing you'll know they'll be telling us wood was religious at one point so you can't have it... plastic houses it is!
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Jill aka Jo: Outlander- Forever in Timesireesanwar on February 9th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... actually despite what people say a lot of Christian holidays are only placed in relation to pagan holidays or celebrations but don't actually take their meanings or traditions from them.

Of course, there are Christian traditions that are similar to pagan traditions and were adopted or modified by the Christian/Catholic religion to mean something different which is basically what you said.

Still I have a different belief on things and the origins of everything including the pagan religions so we won't go there....

What I will say is that Valentine's Day is definately viewed as a kids and couples holiday. My nieces school won't even participate because they are afraid not all the kids will get a valentine. I remember this issue when I was in school and that was why they told us we had to bring a valentine for everyone. I think the sensativity issue has become stupid in some cases but with this you simply tell the kids to bring a valentine for all the kids in their class and it isn't an issue.
gaelbradygaelbrady on February 11th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
We were always required to give valentines to everyone in my classes when in elementary school. It's really the only reason I got any.

*raises hand* Not the most popular person...ever.
Jill aka Jo: Misc- Donut and Coffee Perfectsireesanwar on February 13th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
We were too. That always gave them the interesting effort of going through and picking the valentine's for each person in my class. I rarely got ones that had anything other than my name and the name of the person who gave it if even that.
Jill aka Jo: Heroes- Woo Hoosireesanwar on February 14th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
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gaelbrady: Peter Cincottigaelbrady on February 15th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Awwww...sweetie, I so needed this on a day like yesterday. Didn't get to comment until now...so THANK YOU!!!!! ((HUGS))
Jill aka Jo: Gate- Tackle Hugsireesanwar on February 15th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you liked it. I just thought I should make you a valentine.