For Pete's sake...nob

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For Pete's sake...nob

For Pete's sake...nobody ever posts here!!!!

So I'm posting. 

In the March issue there were several stories about the Jewish holiday Purim.

Now, I've got nothing against Jews.  NOTHING.  No offence whatsoever.  I understand that with the modern multicultural mindset including every religion is estremely important (in my opinion, the modern mindset is a mistake, but hey, that's just an opinion.)   If you're to put stories about Judaism isn Cricket, why not Christianity too? I've noticed that the stories about Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas have virtually disappeared, while the stories about Hanukkah and Purim abound.  This is just an observation, absolutely no offense to anybody.

Thanks for listening to my concerns!

Our readers comments are important to us, Maddie, and yours are being passed on to our editors. We strive to present a variety of material in each magazine. To get the whole balance of cultures and religions, you need to look at the whole year. We are always on the lookout for good stories about any religion or culture, but it's not always possible to come up with a perfect balance. There is really only one Purim story in March plus one recipe. There was a Christmas story, "Many Happy Returns," in the Nov/Dec issue, and we have an Easter recipe coming up in April. We will keep your impression in mind as we select material for future issues. We appreciate your taking the time to tell us.


submitted by Mattie
(March 2, 2011 - 7:20 pm)

I TOTALLY agree!  It seems Judaism is way "cooler" and more "fun" to read about, but Christianity is just as interesting in our traditions and the way we celebrate Jesus! Maybe it's because Christianity is more common. I don't know, but way to bring the point up, Mattie. :)



submitted by R~D~, age 14, wa-sh-in-gt-on
(March 3, 2011 - 1:02 am)


submitted by tipppppp topppppp
(March 3, 2011 - 12:01 pm)

I was just wondering about sort of the same thing. Why put a fiction story about Purim when you could put a REAL story about Esther and Mordecai from the Bible? That's the real reason about why the Jewish people celebrate Purim, right?

submitted by Princess P.
(March 3, 2011 - 2:11 pm)

Thanks Admin- I missed Many Happy Returns but I'm glad to hear that it was there. 

@Robyn-  Haha, thanks. Multiculturalism is a very touchy subject, but I can't help but notice these things in the Cricketmag.  Also, I was reading an old issue of Cricket from around1970 and I noticed that Christmas stories took up the majority of the things in the mag!  I'm just observing how things have changed.....

@Princess P. - Yeah, i see what you mean.  I may have read it wrong, but I thing the story about Casimir and Anna is how Polish Jews tell the story of Purim- I'm not really sure!

Oh- I am no longer havinga Spamboy type of thingie ever since mine insulted me.  Do y'all think I should bring Inya back or not? :)

submitted by Mattie
(March 3, 2011 - 4:30 pm)

Oh, okay. Thanks, Mattie. By the way, I'm new here, so sorry for being so ignorant. Smile  Who is Spamboy (and how can it insult you?) and who is Inya? Thanks!

Spamboy is the nickname some Chatterboxers give to the security code letters you have to type in before submitting a comment.


submitted by Princess P.
(March 3, 2011 - 5:34 pm)

Sometimes the security code letters spell something funny, or the letters look like a word, so some chatterboxers add at the end of their post what it says.  Most people call it something different (ie. Inya and Spamboy) so you can just call him whatever you feel like!  :)  It's great to see a new person!  Love the name :)



submitted by R~D~
(March 4, 2011 - 11:33 am)

Thanks, R~D~!!!

How does a Spamboy/Inya insult you??? :)  Just wondering...


P.S. Spamboy says "gowx". Probably Spamish for "Me, too!" :)

submitted by Princess P.
(March 4, 2011 - 1:22 pm)

Haha, Inya ssaid "whii" at the end of one of my rants about the Silmarillion so I took that as an insult.

submitted by Mattie
(March 4, 2011 - 4:13 pm)


submitted by Princess P.
(March 4, 2011 - 5:35 pm)

Yeah I agree, Jewish stories are totally fine but it would be fun to have some Christian stories sometimes too. When I saw the Polish story in my March issue I was kind of confused about what it was when I saw the stuff about Esther, since it's really similar to the Bible story. It was probably a sort of retelling of the Bible story...anyway, it wasn't bad and was kind of fun to read. :)


Spamboy says gnok. Is that a drink or an African animal?

submitted by Emily J., age 12, Maple Valley, W
(March 6, 2011 - 7:21 pm)

Yeah, it's just like, we are a Christian country (even though some may not admit it).

submitted by R~D~
(March 6, 2011 - 10:47 pm)

I'm a Christian. And sorry, but assuming you're referring to the US - no, it's not. I don't think it ever really was. What makes you say it is? 

submitted by ZNZ, age 13, Thulcandra
(March 7, 2011 - 9:45 am)

Yes, the US.  And we used to be at any rate.  You know, when we put "In God We Trust" on our coins, and God's name in our national anthem and no one questioned it.  Our country is a larger percent Christian then anything else... and hopefully it stays that way.  People may not act like Christians, or have the right morals, but the majority claim to be Christians.


submitted by R~D~, WA
(March 7, 2011 - 11:58 am)

It's true that the Founding Fathers founded this country based on Christian morals, but I think we are really losing a lot of that.  It's sad.

submitted by Mattie
(March 8, 2011 - 11:18 am)

@Mattie: Uh... yeah. You do know a great many of the Founding Fathers were not, in fact, Christian? 

submitted by ZNZ, age 13, Thulcandra
(March 8, 2011 - 3:31 pm)