Some schools are no longer sending Father’s Day cards in an attempt not to offend people living with single mothers or lesbian couples. It seems Mother’s Day cards are still allowed. What about those living with single fathers or gay couples? Or those living with single mothers who still see their father, and whose father would probably appreciate the gesture even more?
As usual the paranoid fear of ‘causing offence’ has led to a ridiculous gesture and ban. I can see why Father’s Day may seem a strange (American?) idea to some, and it was always secondary to Mother’s Day when I was young. Why not take the chance for teachers to talk to pupils in different circumstances, or to explain to the class how everyone lives differently.
At a time when a lack of father figures and male role models is being singled out as a cause of crime and anti-social behaviour in youth, it seems a strange time to be doing this. It is of course completely in keeping with a government which doesn’t believe children need a father.
I sent a Father’s Day card, because I love my Dad and I like to thank him for everything he has done for me. I am sure no-one in a non-traditional family would object to me expressing my affection and gratitude through this small token gesture. It is, as always, only the confused purveyors of PC who seek offence on other’s behalf where ever it may be found.