Posted by: Jennifer | October 31, 2005

the door swings both ways

The next time I hear anyone from the religious right complaining that their children are forced to celebrate Winter Holidays at school instead of Christmas, I am going to mention this article:

Bowing to concerns of a wide range of groups – from Christians who consider Halloween to have pagan or satanic overtones to church-state separatists who object to the holiday’s religious roots – some elementary schools are cancelling their customary costume parades and Halloween celebrations.

In their place are “Fall-o-ween” events, which take note of harvest and seasonal change but that eliminate all things spooky – or controversial.

“There’s been a steady growth of the number of people and the kinds of perspectives objecting to Halloween, and it’s become a real issue for schools,” says Charles Haynes at the First Amendment Center in Arlington, Va. “There’s a lot of strangeness around this issue.”

The First Amendment goes both ways, and people are using it for that purpose. Funny how that works.

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