An early childhood activist wants Father’s Day to be renamed ‘Special Person’s Day’.
Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is pushing for the annual day on the first Sunday in September to be renamed so children without fathers aren’t offended.
During an interview with Adelaide’s “Today Tonight” TV news show, Scarlet was asked if “Special Persons’ Day” was just for children without dads.
“There are children who have a dad, who also have a grandfather, and also have an auntie and also have other kinds of relatives.
There are also a huge range of different family structures. So we have single-parent families, satellite families, extended families, lesbian and gay families.”
The activist, with a doctorate in early childhood studies, is wondering why the idea is so controversial.
‘Why are we calling this political correctness when in fact it’s about our rights?,’ Dr Scarlet told Today Tonight.
‘There’s a lot of Australian research that has actually informed a lot of international research … that has demonstrated children’s capacity to be really inclusive once they know about these ideas and they think, ‘Wow, why are people seeing this as a controversy?.’
Today Tonight host Rosanna Mangiarelli had asked why little kids needed to be social justice warriors.
However Dr Scarlet, who insisted that was her real name, said families without fathers weren’t opposed to the idea.
‘We have single parent families, satellite families, extended families, lesbian and gay families,’ she said.
‘There’s a range of different communities across Australia.’
New South Wales Liberal minister David Elliott, who hails from Sydney’s Hills District, said ‘rubbish’ like this would only incite extremists.
‘Can’t believe that someone who professes to be ‘enlightened’ would advocate such crap’,’ he said.
‘People still celebrate fatherhood even after their father and grandfathers have passed away, in fact for many people Father’s Day is a wonderful time of reflecting and remembering.’
He added renaming Father’s Day was like getting rid of Anzac Day so draft dodgers weren’t offended or scrapping Labour Day to spare conservatives from being upset.
‘Dr Red Ruby Scarlet – you are the offensive one. May we should start a campaign to address that,’ he told his Facebook followers.
Further, Scarlet’s politically correct campaign in the name of not offending others will still undoubtedly offend a lot of families.
Scarlet doesn’t appear to have a campaign that wants to rename “Mother’s Day,” though. So much for ‘equality and fairness.’