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Halloween Hypocrisy: Christians Versus The Pagans in Public Schools

The manipulation of public school agenda by Christian parents in America is quite overwhelming. It is as if they are hell bent on making the public schools into Christian schools. But then, our own President Bush is hell bent on making this a Christian nation, so I guess this is no surprise. But I am constantly *stunned* at the level of assumed privilege Christian parents bring to the public school forum. Halloween is a perfect example of this. I have now watched Christian parents in Washington state take both sides of this Halloween issue, depending on which side benefits them at that time.
Halloween Hypocrisy: Christians Versus The Pagans in Public Schools
By Kirsten Anderberg (www.kirstenanderberg.com)

The manipulation of public school agenda by Christian parents in America is quite overwhelming. It is as if they are hell bent on making the public schools into Christian schools. But then, our own President Bush is hell bent on making this a Christian nation, so I guess this is no surprise. But I am constantly *stunned* at the level of assumed privilege Christian parents bring to the public school forum. Halloween is a perfect example of this. I have now watched Christian parents in Washington state take both sides of this Halloween issue, depending on which side benefits them at that time.

When my son was in attendance at Northgate Elementary School, in Seattle, Wa., the PTA and middle class parents were shoving constant elitist fundraiser events down the throats of the parents, and the same middle class kids were actually lauded with prizes at school assemblies, during school hours, for their parents’ fundraising and class privilege. Many students and parents were thusly completely eliminated from participating at all in the support of their school, as the PTA required a fee to vote about school policies and they also were not interested in anything *but* the middle class agenda of kids selling corporate products for corporate profits. They did not care that kids were routinely being disenfranchised at these prize ceremonies, and they did not care that many parents had given up on involvement in their kids’ schools due to this. So one year, all the poor parents ganged up on the PTA and demanded something we could participate in as a fundraiser. We asked to run a Haunted House for Halloween, which would charge admission, so that *all* could participate, rather than more fundraisers where only the middle class could participate. And all hell broke loose over that proposal.

Apparently the middle class and predominantly Christian PTA parents had a strong feeling that Haunted Houses were “satanic? and pagan, were promoting devil worship, and were anti-Christian, thus they would not allow it. We asked who died and made this small elite group of Christian parents god, and we were told we could state our opinions but had no voting privileges re what the fundraisers were unless we paid the PTA money for membership fees, which none of us were willing to do as the PTA was the enemy and the problem. We also refused to pay for our votes due to the fact that public schools should not require you pay money to have a vote regarding the school’s activities. We were not going to support that. So the Christians eliminated the poor people’s suggestion for a Haunted House, based on their Christian beliefs running public schools, and their insulation through the PTA.

Now this year, the Puyallup School District outside of Seattle, has set off an uproar due to Halloween. But this time, the Christians are protesting *for* Halloween celebrations in their schools. Now what would bring such a complete turn around in their position? Apparently, the school district has publicly stated that they are not having Halloween costumes or parties at the public school because it is disrespectful to real witches, Wiccans, and pagans. They also added it wastes valuable school time. So all of a sudden, Christian parents are vehemently protesting the Puyallup School District for robbing their kids of this important holiday. The same holiday they usually fight against, on the grounds of Christianity. This is too ironic to sit by and just watch.

Apparently hundreds of angry people have called and written the Puyallup School District and the TV stations who have run this story locally. The TV stations here are acting as if this is some civil rights battle. Yet where were these TV stations when the poor parents at Northgate Elementary wanted to put on a Haunted House? Why was there not a peep of public uproar when Christians cancelled Halloween due to their claims of it being Satanic and pagan? Apparently the only time Christians will fight *for* Halloween celebrations in the schools is when the Christians are told that Halloween parties are cancelled due to respect for pagans and witches! If I had known those were the rules, I would have promoted that angle at Northgate Elementary. But now we know. If Christians start to derail Halloween at your public school, just start going in public, claiming you are not having Halloween celebrations to protect the rights of pagans and witches. You should have those Christians fighting *for* Halloween parties in seconds.

 
 


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