Skip to comments.Newton (MA) Elementary School Bans Halloween
Posted on 10/27/2005 6:29:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio
NEWTON, MA-- A Halloween controversy is brewing in Newton, where one elementary school has banned all traditional Halloween activities.
The principal of Underwood Elementary School says it has come to the schools attention that Halloween traditions are offensive to some peoples religious beliefs. Some families, David Castellini said, have even kept their children home from school on Halloween because of this.
A letter went home to parents explaining the changes. But at a school where even the teachers normally dress up for Halloween, not everybody is welcoming the change.
This morning, an hour-long PTO meeting addressed the new policy. While some parents say they understand, others tell us they feel the kids will be missing out.
The school plans to replace the Halloween party with a fall celebration next month, in which students can dress up as their favorite literary characters.
While no costumes will be allowed in school, there are no plans to change traditional trick-or-treating in the city.
Right, some people in our "tolerant" society get upset so no costumes or candy for the kids. Next thing you know they'll ban Christmas. Oh...wait...
>>in which students can dress up as their favorite literary characters.
Geez I can hardly wait.
But Kwanzaa and Ramadaan are OK....
Right,try to cancel THOSE and the ACLU will be there in a New York--er, Newton minute!
Kids dressing up as firemen, princesses, baseball players...
can't have that. No, kids, just wait for the Fall Festival,
then the Winter Festival in late December because we all know we can't say the word C-----MAS.
aka, Harry Potter Day.
How retarded. Our generation has managed to F up the things we loved best about being a kid for the new generations.
They'll ban Valentine's Day because there are some kids who never get a valentine. They'll ban Veteran's Day because it just glorifies the military-industrial complex,
you see. Don't let the kids celebrate Christmas because it's just religion forced down their throats. A few people are upset, so just ban it, ban it, ban it.
Here comes "Holiday"
Here comes "Holiday"
Right down "Holiday" lane
(don't laugh--in many places the "Christmas" or "_Santa_"
parade has since been re-dubbed the HOLIDAY parade.)
This nation was founded by Christians who used their beliefs to form the structure and laws of what was then a radical idea of a free society.
Can't have any teaching of that today, can we?
But we certainly can have Kwanzaa (a made-up holiday), allow for teaching of Islam in public schools and give special exemptions for all kinds of odd behavior.
There's a reason my kids are in Catholic school...
Oh, for crying out loud! Prissy lib pukes make me sick! Once again, they throw all control directly out the window for the, what, two students who find Halloween offensive? 'Scuse me? I remember the good old days when "majority rules" still defined our government and our society. And just think. NO ONE was afraid to say it. Can you imagine? Sorry, I'm having a full-fledged tantrum. This garbage infuriates me.
Anyone else in the mood to help start turning this insanity around?
"Halloween honors Celtic and Roman gods. Islam is strictly monotheistic, and anything having to do with the worship of any other god besides the Most Holy One is out of the question."
Just don't play by their stupid rules.
"Hello teacher. My favorite book is the Bible. So I dressed up like Jesus! What are you doing? Why are you marching me down the hall? Why am I going to the principal's office? I'm being suspended? For a month? But that's not fair!"
I was thinking that as well, but when I think "literary" I think "fiction" not "historical", but...
If Jesus is not a "literary character" that must mean that the Bible is true. And if the school wants to go on record that they believe the Bible is true, then I count that as a victory.
But if the Bible is a mere work of fiction, then Jesus is a literary character and should be acceptable for Literary character Day.
So which would it be? I suspect both and neither.
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (Q-Newton)
We are a Republic, NOT A DEMOCRACY!
Around here, they call it the WINTER ______ (fill in the blank).
Don't forget gay pride parade. Would they ever think of cancelling that?
Even though it is preposterous to consider Halloween as offensive in its current form, it is historically a pagan tradition.
Original Christians would have found this celebration tasteless and probably sinful.
1,500 years ago that is.
Ironically, Halloween has become an important part of modern culture. Christians forgot its original intent, supporting it instead.
I can't imagine what could be offensive about it now, yet let's not forget it originates from devil-worshipping.
When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? For a lot of people, Halloween has become synonymous with candy, costumes, scary stuff, witches, ghosts and pumpkins. But do you know the Christian connection to the holiday?
The true origins of Halloween lie with the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. For the Celts, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. The night before the new year, they celebrated the festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the deadincluding ghosts, goblins and witchesreturned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.
When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added their own touches to the Samhain festival, such as making centerpieces out of apples and nuts for Pomona, the Roman goddess of the orchards. The Romans also bobbed for apples and drank cidertraditions which may sound familiar to you. But where does the Christian aspect of the holiday come into play? In 835, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later all saints) from May 13 to November 1. The night before became known as All Hallows Even or holy evening. Eventually the name was shortened to the current Halloween. On November 2, the Church celebrates All Souls Day.
The purpose of these feasts is to remember those who have died, whether they are officially recognized by the Church as saints or not. It is a celebration of the communion of saints, which reminds us that the Church is not bound by space or time.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that through the communion of saints a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things (#1475).
Frankenstein is a literary character
Ask Mary Shelley
It takes energy and time but most if not all celebrations need to be moved off-campus. Remove it from the school/board/principal's backyard and watch them thrash helplessly.
Christmas/Thanksgiving/Halloween party at the community center - everyone at the school is invited but it's not a school-sanctioned activity. If you choose not to attend, fine. If you attend and are somehow offended by something you voluntarily attended - tough cookies.
The principals love this - they get to swan around for the media types. Let them get back to educating (assuming they ever do) and let's enjoy the holidays again.
Political correctness has reared its head in our district, but has not yet taken over for common sense. At least not yet.
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