Absurd to have to apologise

YEPPOON mother of six Desley Reddiex thinks it is absurd people have to apologise for using the word Christmas.

With children ranging in age from 13 months to 16, Christmas is always a special time in the Reddiex household.

So when Mrs Reddiex read fellow Yeppoon parents had lodged a discrimination complaint for using the word Christmas in a school newsletter she was shocked and surprised. The complaint was lodged against the principal of Yeppoon State School, Laurelle Allen, after she sent out newsletters with references to Christmas.

They were newsletters Paul and Melanie Jowsey, parents of two Yeppoon State School students, found offensive.

In their complaint they had said the principal's newsletters had subjected them to direct and indirect discrimination because they do not celebrate Christmas.

They said the newsletter continued the historical dominance of Christianity in Australia.

Ms Allen apologised for the newsletters' Christmas references, but Mrs Reddiex said this was absurd.

Yesterday the Jowseys declined to make comment in The Morning Bulletin, and said they had had received threats.

Mrs Reddiex, 40, enjoys Christmas and has decorated her home with a Christmas theme for about eight years.

Mrs Reddiex, a Christian with children at St Brendan's College and Taranganba State School, said Christmas should be enjoyed by all, as it is really about family, and generosity.

"If they don't want to participate in Christmas that's fine. But they can't tell other people not to.

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