Wednesday, October 27, 2004

So. (Link stolen from Neil Gaiman's blog)
I believe this is the same district from the story a few days ago that banned Halloween because it took up valuable school time. In this article a very sensible lady says that it also takes away one of the few fleeting things that children find enjoyable about school.
But now, in what looks suspiciously like damage control, they also say that one of the reasons they banned Halloween is because the stereotypes of witches might offend Wiccans.
Once again, Wiccans have highjacked the term "witch" and been declared the only voice on when and where people can use the term as though there were no witches that matter besides the Wiccan type. If I were a non-Wiccan witch I'd be pissed off to no end at that stereotype. I know many witches who aren't wiccans and would be quick to tell you if you confused them with wiccans. I know witches who love Halloween just as it is. Granted, I don't know any witches with long noses, greenish skin and pointy hats and so I don't know how they feel about all this.
It's not that I'm saying I'm anti-Wiccan by any means. Most of the ones I've ever met seem like stand up folk. I just don't like bullies, be they a religious group or a school district. I don't think this is a sign of where our nation is headed or how Halloween is in danger in our culture or an example of how political correctness is blah blah blah. I just think it's a bunch of morons running a school district.
And having grown up in a school district that was run by morons, it really makes my cauldron boil.

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