A Scary Halloween Story

In the arena of political correctness gone amuck, it doesn’t get much funnier than this. Did you see the Fox News piece by Shepherd Smith last night about the school district in the state of Washington that was banning Halloween this year. This wasn’t particularly surprising, because schools often derail celebrations that have gotten out of hand in the past, or caused violence, or were just too much of a distraction from studies.

But no. The superintendent was stopping all Halloween observances because the mocking portrayal of witches and goblins may be offensive to those of the Wicca faith. “We’re just trying to get our students to respect all faiths and traditions,” the superintendent said.

If that isn’t strange enough, the school district hadn’t received any recent complaints, and when Fox News could track down a witch or two, they said they weren’t offended in the least. They thought the costumes were cute. “The Superintendent must be off his broomstick,” said the Wiccans.

So let’s unpack this. Although Halloween is a bastard of the holy observance of All Saints Eve (or is it All Souls?), the portrayal of witches and devils and such would be fine if it only offended the Christian faith. But if we might be offending Wiccans, none of whom we could find who were offended, stop the celebration.

If we could just find a few Wiccans who are offended by Halloween, it would give us Christians more reason to get out and make fun of the witches.

Like I said, this is really just too funny to be real.

(Of course, Wicca isn’t funny at all. As Steve Russo writes in the new book They All Can’t Be Right , “Wicca is the fastest growing religion among high school and college students today. Pop culture today is filled with examples of Wicca and witchcraft…including Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. Numerous books – including…the Harry Potter series… – encourage teenagers to explore the world of Wicca.”)

–James Jewell

About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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