When she called me she wasn't angry. Just said "Mrs. Borrachos we have instructed the kids to not say "Merry Christmas" out of respect for our students who don't celebrate Christmas, and to keep to the general celebration of the holiday" (something like that). I asked her in my pissy way if any of those kids' parents take off for Christmas. She said "of course most of them do" so I said "Well, there you go...they're celebrating Christmas on December 25. Merry Christmas."
The next time I saw her after that she was a little curt with me.
I admittedly get pissy with the school people because I had to sit through a session with parents where they shared the "Keep kids off drugs" curriculum, only to find out that they teach our kids that cigarette smoking is as bad as cocaine/drugs (WTF) and that gambling is a vice and they tell the kids it's bad.
The history of terms for developmentally disabled people is informative. Originally terms like 'idiot' and 'moron' were descriptive, not insults. Every few years they have to create a new term because the most recent term has become an insult. It can be excessively 'correct' to change which words are considered acceptable so often.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963