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Letter: School’s ‘Grown Ups Who Love Us’ day an attack on traditional family

Part of the radically progressive social philosophy effecting every aspect of our lives

School’s ‘Grown Ups Who Love Us’ day an attack on traditional family

Mother’s Day has come and gone, and hopefully we paid our respects to our mothers for their love and self sacrifice. However, a new wrinkle has arrived on the holiday that we may not all be aware of.

Centennial Park Elementary School in Abbotsford B.C. cancelled Mother’s Day and replaced it with “The Grown Ups Who Love Us” Day. Social media reaction to this was strong and immediate. It is not hard to see why. One reason the school gave for changing the name was “inclusion” a term used to justify a variety of actions these days. However, we need to look more closely at why the school did this and what it means.

First, there is not a single child in Centennial Park Elementary who did not come from a biological mother and, if for no other reason than that, gratitude and celebration should be given for birth and the gift of human life. Second, “Grown Ups Who Love Us” covers a lot of people, including those only incidentally in a child’s life, distantly related or rarely seen. A mother has a unique role in her child’s life a role not shared by others, including a “Grown Up Who Loves Them” whoever they may be.

For many people what constitutes a family has changed in the last three decades, but the concept of motherhood has not. It should always be honoured and maintained. “Grown Ups Who Love Us” is a designation that is ridiculously vague, and it is impossible not to see this as an attack on the traditional concept of family, something that is by no means either extinct or irrelevant.

Incidentally, Father’s Day will also be replaced at Centennial by the term “Grown Ups Who Love Us.” We should not be surprised. This is part of the radically progressive social philosophy effecting every aspect of our lives, and it should concern all of us.

Perry Foster

Duncan

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