Every year about this time Americans United starts getting calls about celebrations of Halloween in public schools.
They come from two kinds of people. First, we get calls from Christians wondering why Pagans are able to get decorations and parties at schools around one of their holidays, but Christians can barely get a tree in the schoolhouse door in December, much less have a Christmas party. Second, we get calls from Pagans and Wiccans wondering why their local schools are insulting their religious traditions by putting up ugly pictures of “witches” and acting like Halloween is just about loading your mouth with chocolate bars and gumdrops.
Do you get these calls, too? Do both sides have a point? Would you, Jay, suggest schools put up–oh, maybe– maps and math puzzles from October to January and leave black cats and pine trees out of the decor?