The Ontario Human Rights Commission has ruled that York University is discriminating against people who are not of the Jewish faith! Full story here:
I was surprised to learn that the university was actually closing classes for Jewish holidays. However, upon reflection, I then wondered why all universities cancel classes for Christian holidays.
In my local newspaper, a Letter to the Editor from a rather militant atheist also questioned why we have paid days off to 'celebrate' Easter. In his view, taking these days off legitimizes the Christian belief that Jesus was tortured, killed and resurrected. I agree. However, he went a little too far in asking people to ignore this paid holiday and go to work so as not to take part in this Christian belief (I think the writer used the word "lie"). Wouldn't renaming the holiday to equinox be a better plan?
I guess most holidays started by the simple observation that almost everyone wanted the day off for religious observance (since the beliefs in a community were relatively homogeneous) so why not just cancel the whole day? However, in today's multicultural environment it is no longer possible to make allowances for everyone (although the socialist left desperately bends over backwards to try).
The purely secular solution would be to wipe all the paid holidays off the calendar and choose new days to replace them (maybe the last working day of every month is a paid day off). Obviously a change like this would cause Christians to go nuts and would cause a great deal of short-term chaos. Maybe a simple renaming of holidays would suffice such as 'Christmas' becoming 'Winter Solstice' or 'Boxing Day' becoming, well, 'Boxing Day'.