It’s Official, Plymouth Canton Schools is Allowing Kirpan

Remember back in December when I blogged about the 4th grade student that wore a Kirpan on him in school?  If not, you can read those posts here and here.

Well…it’s official.  The powers that be in the Plymouth Canton Community School District IS allowing children who are baptized into the Sikh religion to wear a Kirpan KNIFE on them during school hours, while on school property.  Rather than send an actual note home with all the students, the district chickened out and just slapped the following note up on their website:

In December we informed you of a situation at one of our elementary schools in which a student was found wearing a religious emblem that resembles a small decorative sword, called a kirpan. At the time, we told you that our attorneys were reviewing both state and federal laws, as well as Board policies with regard to the prohibition of weapons or look-a-like weapons in any of its buildings. We said we would explore options that will ensure safety and best protect the rights of all students.

After an extensive review of all laws and policies pertaining to this issue, we have developed an accommodation plan that will address the situation. While our school district is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students, we must also balance the rights of students to express and practice their religion. In light of the strict scrutiny standard applied by Michigan courts in determining whether an individual’s right to freely exercise his or her religion has been violated, the District will amend its blanket restriction against wearing the kirpan in school.

Starting Monday, January 31, 2011, baptized students of the Sikh faith will be allowed to wear the kirpan at school with the following conditions:

  1. Any kirpan worn at school should be sewn inside a sheath in such a way that the blade cannot be removed from the sheath.
  2. The blade of the kirpan is restricted in length to no more than two and one-fourth inches. This would take the object outside the scope of the Revised School Code’s definition of a knife constituting a dangerous weapon.
  3. The blade of the kirpan must be dull.
  4. The kirpan should not be worn on the outside of the clothing and should not be visible in any way.
  5. It will not be the practice of staff members to conduct random searches for the possession of kirpans. However, students who violate any of the above will be subject to discipline including a prohibition on wearing the kirpan to school in the future.

We have spent the past month working successfully with members of the local Sikh community to address District concerns. School officials are confident that these new administrative guidelines ensure a safe school environment and provide Sikh students the right to exercise their religion freely.

This bothers me for several reasons.  For one thing, it wasn’t too long ago that different groups were trying to ban the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance simply because it had the word “God” in it.  How is it that the people in the Plymouth Canton district that belong to the Sikh religion need to be respected for their religious beliefs, but saying the word “God” needed to be banned?  Makes no sense.  At least the word God can’t hurt someone…a knife can, even a dull one.

Children have the RIGHT to feel safe when they are at school.  Sure they can get hurt by a wide variety of school supplies…blunt scissors, pencils, etc.  But those are things that are needed to succeed in school.  It is not NEEDED to just out and out allow a child to wear a knife, dull or not, on them during school hours.

What makes me the angriest is the fact that the same school district that is allowing the Kirpan to be worn by children baptized into the Sikh religion, is not allowing children to bring in plastic, HOLLOW knives, guns, swords on Halloween as part of their costume.  Sure Halloween is not a religious holiday, but if you are going to allow one exception to the weapon rule…

What I think happened here is…the district does not have the balls to stick by their ruling of NO weapons on school property ruling.  You can be tolerant of others differences and religions without compromising your rules.


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Off to Sign my Daughter up for Pole Dance Lessons

Just kidding.

I’m not signing Bella up, but I could if I lived in Canada.  That’s right.  Apparently in B.C. Canada, parents are very happily signing their daughters up for various pole dancing classes.  I’ll wait a minute while you let that sink in.

Tammy Morris, owner of Tantra Fitness where these pole dancing classes are at, is also a former exotic dance champion.  Morris has worked hard to try and change the image of pole dancing from something sexual to an image of intense exercise for your core.  Which I don’t doubt for one second that it is good exercise, but come on…for kids, tweens and teens?  No way in hell.

And how in the world can Ms. Morris claim there is nothing sexual about the pole or pole dancing classes with names like:

  • Bellylicious
  • Sexy Flexy
  • Pussycat Dawls
  • Promiscuous Girls

Sure they have age restrictions in place for the “Exotic Dance” and “Lap Dance” classes, but there is no way I would want to sign my daughter up for something like “Sexy Flexy” or “Promiscuous Girls”.  I can see it now, kids are going to be doing their fancy pole tricks on the playground and there will be an epidemic of kids spending all their lunch money dollars.

Morris has also been quoted to saying:

“Children have no (erotic) association with the pole whatsoever”

She goes on to argue that children see the same apparatus at a fire station.  Only problem with her logic here is, firemen don’t swing their legs around the pole in suggestive manners while sliding down the pole, nor do they try and flip their legs above their head on the pole.

Bottom line, these classes are so highly inappropriate for kids, teens and tweens.  Next thing you know, there will be a class called “Snail Trail”.

Made In America…The Way it Should Be

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In the past few years, I have tried to make it a point to purchase more items Made in America as opposed to somewhere outside the U.S.  I have been known to put things back on the shelf if it says “Made in China” on it.  With everything that has been in the news that past couple of years about products made in China, it has made me not want to buy anything (if I can help it) that has been made there.  Let’s face it, paint containing lead on toys that kids will most likely put in their mouth, is not a good thing.

I was just at Meijers last night picking up some groceries, one of the items being a bag of chips.  I had the store brand in my cart when I walked past the brand “Better Made” and say “Made in Michigan” written on the side of it.  I put back my cheaper store brand and bought the Better Made chips.  Might as well support the state I live in!  I think if we can all commit to doing little things like that, it will make a big difference.  Although,  I will admit that I have been known to pick up a few things here and there at a not so popular store when it comes to where they get their products.  But I feel OK knowing that the major bulk of my shopping each year is not there.

Just recently I had the pleasure of reading about Ramblers Way Farm.  This farm is a family business that creates soft worsted wool apparel 100% on American soil.  Here is a little about them from their website:

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Do You Buy Generic?

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I’m a stay at home mom so part of my job of staying home is to make sure I save us as much money as possible.  In this day and age, it’s not always easy, but there are some definite things I can do.  One of those things is to buy generic whenever possible.  I am very picky when it comes to taste, but aside from peanut butter, everything else generic tastes the same to me.  This article 10 Products to Always Buy Generic is a really good read for those of you looking at ways you can buy generic and save yourself some money.  I highly recommend trying out the savings calculator.  That $1.00 you save buying generic cereal may not seem like a lot, but it sure does add up!

When my son was born, I formula fed him and will admit that at first I thought I had to feed him Similac or Enfamil because it was the name brand and that meant it was better.  But then I started researching and read that the store brand formula was exactly the same as the name brands.  Which that makes sense.  I mean it’s all regulated by the FDA.  The FDA is not going to allow some sub-standard formula to be made and fed to babies.  Once realizing that, I switched him to the Walmart brand, paid $11 a can and saved a TON of money a month.

If you’re looking to cut some of your costs, consider buying generic for some of your items.  Keep a list of what the regular brand costs you versus the generic brand and see how much you are saving in a month!  Put that money aside for a fun day trip with your family or something you are saving up for.

Leave me a comment and tell me what generic items you’ve switched to that is really no different than the store brand when it comes to the way it works or tastes.

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