The October bacchanalia turns into a religious issue for the nation's public schools
05/03/2011 11:44:37 PM
@Gwyddion9 Halloween is definitely not a Christian Celebration. The Catholic church wanted to stop the traditional pagan celebration and decided to rename the days of the celebration, the same way that it was done with Christmas. Catholic countries celebrate three consecutive days which are the day of the death where people visit the cemeteries to remember their death relatives, The day of all the saints and martins of the church, and I don't remember the other one. But those celebrations have nothing to do with witches, costume neither Candie. And the evangelicals in other countries, do not celebrate Halloween, neither the Catholic holidays for Halloween. And if you go to biblical Christianity, there is no Halloween at all. And there is not such thing as Christian Wiccan. Christianity does not match with witchcraft, neither yoga, homosexuality and all that sort of new stuffs imposed in public schools. Most parents are not homosexual, neither practice yoga. Why our children have to learn things that we reject. The school are trying to take away the role of parents. They are messing up with our authority as parents. My children have never gone to school on Halloween, because the whole school celebrates something that I prohibit in my house.
10/30/2004 12:02:53 AM
actually, Halloween is a Christian holiday. Being Wiccan, i celebrate Samhain, something completely different. Rigel, i agree. people can learn to be tolerant of other peoples beliefs. you don't have to approve of them, just allow others the right to practice them.
10/30/2003 03:12:26 PM
This was kind of inevitable. If you can't talk about Christianity in public schools, then to be consistent, you can't talk about any other religions either. That means no yoga, no Native American culture, no Muslim awareness courses and an even more skewed version of history. Students need to learn about and be tolerant of everything that is out there. Removing Christianity or any other widespread religion from the curriculum leaves children with a narrow view of the world. Learning to tolerate Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Native Americans, etc., is not the same as accepting their religious traditions for yourself, so there is no contradiction here with the anti-establishment clause of the constitution.