Climate warriors cringe at the words ‘Vermont Christmas,’ seek to replace it with ‘climate vacation’

By John Klar

Ambitious Vermont climate warriors seek to eliminate Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in schools and replace them with “climate vacations” that will “prevent shopping stress and pollution from manufacturing merchandise.”

That’s not a joke. They’re serious and their proposal would also shift all students to a completely plant-based diet, regardless of the health threats and poor nutrition that this would inflict on Vermont children, and this doesn’t even get into the matter of what the kids will actually eat.

Wikimedia Commons/Michelle Maria

Christmas on Church Street, Burlington

The silliness about eliminating meat from human diets persists in agitators too ignorant of farming and nutrition to spare themselves this public embarrassment. But Vermont’s climate warrior class strives toward an even higher level of absurdity in the attempt to ban the two most prominent historical holidays in the American calendar, feigning a moral “climate cause” in what is really an open attack on Christianity.

The new cult does not wish to have reminders of gratitude (Thanksgiving) or care for others (Christmas) persist in its government-controlled moral charge “…to get real about the absolutely most important thing in the world with the absolutely most important people in your world.”

An educational campaign for students to be more mindful of what they buy at Christmas, and what they eat for Thanksgiving — appealing to personal responsibility in consumption — might serve well enough. But these proposals go much further:

The proposed ballot would ask voters to make the climate crisis “the top priority” by becoming a carbon-neutral district by Jan. 1, 2025; immediately adopting a plant-based food system; devoting one school day each month to a Climate Emergency Day where education is focused solely on mitigating climate change and living with its consequences; immediately having one day each month for staff development on current climate emergency reports with a focus on how to present findings to students on Climate Emergency Days and creating climate action plans; and making climate costs a higher priority than financial costs.

Climate responses are dependent on “financial costs” — as to feasibility, but also in that a people suffering economically (say, from massive job losses and spiking inflation) cannot allocate resources to climate remediation. What will be taught to Vermont’s students for a full day each month — how to turn off the lights at night, take fewer showers, and stop buying junk food and climate-destroying tech gizmos? (That is, personal responsibility.) Or will they be taught that polluting, manufactured, regressive electric cars and solar panels will save the planet (when nothing could be more wrong)?

The truth of far-left motivations must be discerned from the blatant lies. Last summer, Vermont’s capital canceled Independence Day under the pretense of COVID…. then scheduled an African drumming exhibition in its stead. The pretense was COVID-19, but no one with a functional mind believes the City will ever acknowledge the Fourth of July again.

The pathetic (and wildly unpopular) effort to ban Christian holidays in the name of saving the planet is equally disingenuous. There has been no discussion of banning fireworks displays for celebrations — how many of these social justice climate warriors mow their lawns, or fly on vacations in polluting jets? If there were ever a group of naked emperors picking at the twigs in others’ eyes, this group takes the prize for most unclothed.

This unconscionable effort in Vermont’s schools arises from a partisan political ideology that is judgmental, unforgiving, fractious, and tolerates no dissent. The effort to eliminate sacred holidays (and shift from teaching children toindoctrinating them) seeks to erect this new cult/church by those who deny God and hate the American creed.

As G.K. Chesterton has observed, gratitude does not exist in a vacuum — it must have an object. What is to be the new focus of these climate holidays, if not the church of big government? Are children and families expected to genuflect in submissive gratitude to these new priests of the climate, and express thanks that they have been “saved” from doom? These are precisely the grand terms employed by those launching this sociology experiment in Vermont schools. Says one proponent: “It would be a great achievement for our district if it was enacted. … It would help give the coming generations a chance at a decent life.”

Wise Vermonters will withdraw their children from these failed schools in large numbers — to protect them from overzealous bureaucrats. The schools can then focus on financial costs — as in, why they should get paid to abuse and betray the children entrusted to their care. Income-sensitive school subsidies for those who seek alternatives to this failed “public education cult system” will be in the mix next year — how can public school leaders object to letting parents have a choice? (Heck, some parents may even believe that the cross of Jesus Christ is “…the absolutely most important thing in the world” that they instill in “the absolutely most important people in [their] world.”)

Vermont schools are creating an extremely toxic climate for educating young people. There is no promise of joy, nor expression of gratitude, in these hate-filled plans to displace important family holiday celebrations with climate indoctrination. The true darkness on our horizon is from a political, not a physical, climate — and it is much easier to identify and eliminate than CO2.

John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. This commentary originally appeared at American Thinker.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Michelle Maria

12 thoughts on “Climate warriors cringe at the words ‘Vermont Christmas,’ seek to replace it with ‘climate vacation’

  1. It is time to organize, educate and fight back for this nation’s Founding
    principles of individual freedom, rights and opportunities, not government control !
    God bless America !
    Happy Thanksgiving !
    Merry Christmas !
    It is time for American patriots to stand together and to fight back against Socialism.
    Let’s join together and do it!

  2. Thanks John for ringing the warning bell! Now let’s get busy on devising ways to put the stick in the spokes of these folks. We have to rise up and push back on these silly fools. What’s the plan?

  3. Here’s a flash for all of those who are obsessed with climate:
    It is an attitude of arrogance and inflated self-worth to claim the capability of controlling a process that has been going on for thousands of years on a planet that was designed and created by Someone a lot bigger and wiser than you or I.
    We should all do our best to be good stewards of the earth, to marvel at its wonders, to be in awe of the One who created it, and teach our kids to do the same.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

  4. The green-dyed hair Grinch’s who stole Christmas. They deserve a lump of coal – but perhaps they would rather have a solar powered head lamp so they can navigate through the dark recesses of their scrambled brains. These are the freaks of misery. They are the soulless, toxic, subhuman marioenettes of George Soros and his merry band of nihilists. They are nothing but manevolent Cretons.

  5. If holidays are so horrific to these snot flakes maybe they should just tie a plastic
    bag around their head until the holidays are over then take them off… if they still can.
    It would be a big help in convincing us who love holidays that they really want
    this stupidity, not that we will agree however… It must be a sad life being a holiday denier.

  6. Why not call it…….

    Marxist Merrymemt?

    Thanks be to government my God? ( it is a little long perhaps reader can help)

    Or we could United Nations Holidays?

    Perhaps e can just get back to worshipping the Rocks? Trees? how about Bulls?

    Ah yes, it’s amazing how quickly we stray. It’s a made rush to take over this country, the big push is on, only 3 more years left for them to do it!

    And all thought country not a Uniparty could be heard, protesting, filing suit, writing commentary, while the Good Republic, formerly know as Vermont and USA, were sold on Christmas Day to the United Nations. It’s the Judas Christmas carol! Sell your soul, your country and people, because Brandon the Grinch in the White House says, no Christmas for you!

  7. I have thoughts about these people that can’t be stated in public, but I’m pretty certain these people should not be allowed out without constant adult supervision. Short of that, lets cut off their electricity, and see how they like saving the planet.

  8. “”Misery Loves Company””

    No truer words have ever been spoken. All these rotten people want to do is drag as many people into their own hellish existence as possible.
    Avoid these toxic evil doers like they have the plague, they do come to think of it.

  9. So just let me say, I don’t care what the leftists want or try to ignore, I will always celebrate
    Thanksgiving and especially Christmas, not Santa Claus but the birth of Jesus Christ !!

    If these liberal snowflakes don’t want to celebrate, stay in you’re basement, and these days
    of celebration will be over before you know it, and then you can move on to some other BS
    concern in your feeble little minds

    If you want your kids to get a great education and not an ” indoctrination ” remove them from
    the public school system before it’s too late , heads in the sand liberals, pretty pathetic.

  10. “The… effort to ban Christian holidays…” Crushing the competition is normal behavior for dogmatic cult religions. It’s what the Muslims do. It’s what the sixteenth and seventeenth century religious wars attempted. Death to non-believers! Holy Office of the inquisition! Grand Inquisitor! The Progressives are as Fascist as they can get away with – and the evidence that they’ve overplayed their hand is getting overwhelmingly strong. They can’t back down without admitting defeat and they absolutely cannot admit defeat without making themselves target of the mob they created. Joe Biden, the best, the smartest man among them, the one they nominated as leader isn’t helping them any by creating sequential disasters with every wave of his patrician arm. They’ve done this to themselves. And to the rest of us.

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