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It’s about balance

February 22, 2007

We’ve heard the stories about teachers preaching and school-boards trying to vote Intelligent Design into the curriculum. Personally, I’m glad those teachers were released and ID was denied. A public school should never promote the ideas of any religion. However, it’s apparently tough for the Willow Hill elementary school in Glenside, PA to find a happy balance, and thus avoid a lawsuit.

It seems that a 4th grade boy wanted to dress up as Jesus last year for a school-sponsored Halloween party and parade, but was made to take off his costume because they didn’t want to promote a religion. The reason that the unnamed boy wanted to dress as Jesus was a simple protest against the pagan parts of Halloween, which last I looked, is ALL OF IT.

I love Halloween. I love everything about it: candy, costumes, bobbing for apples, parties, parades, tricks, teats, egging houses, and burning inner-city Detroit to the ground. I can’t relate to the protest of the boy and mom, but I can understand. However, if you really think, the protest has nothing to do with the issue at hand. I’ll repeat it; the protest has nothing to do with the issue at hand. What ever the motives of the parent and child are, this can be broken down into one thing: the school discriminated against a boy that chose a costume they didn’t like.

The principle contacted the mother with the reason for their action:

The legal suit declares that the boy’s mother was informed by the Willow Hill Principal Patricia Whitmore that he was violating a policy forbidding the promotion of religion. (link)

How does a child wearing a costume constitute the school promoting a religion? Does dressing up as a witch promote Wicca? A devil promote Satanism? A ghost promote… Ghostbuster worship? I killed the metaphor, but you get me. The boy was not preaching during class, he wasn’t handing out pamphlets, he was complying with the mandated school activity as best he could in order to not be singled out and smuggled away into the computer room with the other no-costume losers.

Of course, his plan failed, he got singled out worse than he could have imagined, left the school, and now his parents are suing. See where a lack of balance can get you?

Sidenote: The suit is being levied by the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group based in Scottsdale, Arizona. One wonders why the ACLU is not all over this.

ALSO SEE: Mike Mahaffie has a few interesting things to say about this issue. Check it out!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2007 9:53 am

    One wonders why the ACLU is not all over this.

    Simple! The boy is supposedly pushing Christianity!

  2. February 25, 2007 11:43 am

    Anyone who can objectively look at the ACLU knows that they have defended freedom of religion for Christians in a significantly large number of cases.

    No one ever confused you with an objective person, Hube.

  3. February 25, 2007 12:00 pm

    Here’s a recent one.

  4. Ed T. permalink
    February 25, 2007 6:08 pm

    Gee, I just realized that after all these years that it was Halloween that drove me to worshiping the ghostbusters…DAMN IT Venkman!

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