Mitch Hansen 
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Re: “Christmas Is Defeated In Williamson County

"We have a HOLYDAY, or holiday in winter because of Christmas, because of Christ."
Actually, historians agree that the modern Christmas timing, was the direct evolution of several roman and Pagan holidays based around midwinter and the solstice. If you really want to get technical, look at January 6th as the date of the Epiphany, that way no one has to be "ignorant of their past".
More importantly, Christmas is a modern cultural icon, and does no harm in having a calendar in a schoolboard named as such. Just make sure that if your intentions is to preserve the rich culture and history of your religion, you don't do so at the expense of being an ignorant bully to the beliefs and perspectives of others. You'd do well to include ALL the history of your religion however; from the beauty of the Renaissance and it's spiritual awakening, to the horrible violence and misappropriation of political campaigns like the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.
Furthermore, it makes total sense that in a predominantly white and Christian county, students are taught about other cultures, like Islam, since they are less likely to encounter it whilst going about their normal social groups and customs. I'm not familiar with the curriculum cited, but it is my hope that it also includes some time spent on Hinduism, Judaism, and Buddhism (although I don't personally consider Buddhism a religion, based on instructions given by it's founder Siddhartha Guatama), as well as other intriguing religions of the world, without the petty need to delve into the Flying Spaghetti Monster (despite it's obvious intellectual and comical merits). The point here is not to indoctrinate students by showing them how everyone else's culture is different, but to open their mind up to accepting other people and cultures by highlighting similarities.
Hopefully no one will waste the time of this schoolboard, who needs to be developing policies to lead competent teachers in developing young minds, any further over things like the difference between Human Rights Day, and the nationally recognized icon of human rights (for whom the day is named).

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Posted by Mitch Hansen on 11/18/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “In East Nashville's hotly contested Mediterranean sandwich strip, everyone's holding out for a gyro

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but you can judge the quality of a gyro place based on their falafel. Spiced lamb is delicious, but it can cover a multitude of lazy and low quality sins.

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Posted by Mitch Hansen on 10/11/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Live in the Morgue: Self, 'Looks and Money'

That is friggin adorable.

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Posted by Mitch Hansen on 09/17/2014 at 12:06 PM

Re: “With marriage equality in Tennessee, a change is gonna come — but sloooowly

Just remember folks; if you don't agree with your elected officials opinions, beliefs, or voting records, YOU have the power to remove them by VOTING. Get to know your district, local council, representatives and, yes, even senators. These are people who are elected, and supposed, to be representative of the people from where they were elected. They can't claim ignorance if you speak up; email them, call them, write them letters, write them open letters in publications, and invite them to meetings of civic organizations to civil discussion of issues. Don't roll over and say the system is against you if you don't like where it's headed; the small can never truly control the large, the few are FAR outnumbered by the many.

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Posted by Mitch Hansen on 06/13/2013 at 9:34 AM

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