***Dave pointed out in the comments on another thread that Christian Fundamentalists aren’t the only ones that get their panties in a twist about kids celebrating Halloween and because I want to be fair I’m going to bitch about it for a few minutes.
A school district in Washington state has banned Halloween parties this year in part because they’ve had some complaints from Wiccans in the area.
According to a Seattle TV station, Hanson said there were three reasons that the parties will be canceled. The first reason was that Halloween parties and parades waste valuable classroom time. The second reason was that some families can’t afford costumes. The third reason is that it may offend real witches.
She said schools have had complaints from followers of the Wiccan religion who are offended at the way Halloween is celebrated. Hansen said schools are teaching students to be respectful and take account of the discomfort felt by others.
She said that witches with pointy noses are not “respective symbols of the Wiccan religion” and that their district wants to be respectful of that.
She said any students who show up in a costume might be sent home.
And here I was just recently saying nice things about the Wiccans. OK, as I said to ***Dave earlier, in this case I can kind of see how the Wiccans have a valid complaint, but usually that group tends to be a little more laid back which is why I’m surprised they’re actually complaining to the schools about it. I can also see the school district’s point about how the parties are a waste of time better spent doing schoolwork and how some families can’t afford costumes, but I still think it sucks big time.
Com’on, folks. All things considered Halloween is a pretty innocuous holiday so why all the fuss over it? Is it just that some people out there think that kids, or just people in general, shouldn’t be allowed to engage in some stupid, but harmless fun every so often? What the hell is the point of working so hard day after day at school or your job if you’re not allowed to blow off some steam with a day spent at least partially goofing off? As Brock asked in an unrelated thread: Where’s the harm in this?