Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pagans in the News

This one is a story that keeps coming back, so, I guess I will finally write about it.

Back before Christmas, one of the Buncombe County Schools, in North Carolina, was allowing kids to take home bibles donated by the Gideon Society. A parent, who is a pagan, found this objectionable when her son brought one home. Parent upset about son coming home with Bible | JournalNow.com (The kid is bullied by the Christians - in a completely Christian way, I'm sure - because of his faith.)

The principal of the school said that any religion would be free to do the same thing if they wanted to donate books. But of course, after the first of the year, when she did in fact show up with some pagan literature, she was turned away. Woman not allowed to drop off pagan books at Asheville area school | The Asheville Citizen-Times
“They’re changing the policy, which is wonderful. They shouldn’t (allow) it, but they shouldn’t have done it to start with. That makes it unfair after they have given out Christian propaganda.”
The administrators of this school haven't kept up with case law, it would appear, so now their lawyers are going to see to it that they do. Buncombe schools to closely examine religion policies | The Asheville Citizen-Times

And before someone brings up the War on Christmas™ please note the following.
[She] stressed that she and her family have never asked that Christian songs not be performed at Christmas concerts, only that other music representative of other religious such as Judaism, Wicca or Hinduism also be performed.
There are Jewish and atheist families in that school district as well as pagan and Christian. But hey, why should the Christians have to be inclusive?</sarcasm>

Of course they may not run scared of a few pissed-off Jewish or pagan families, but there is one group they are damn well scared of: The ACLU.
“I think generally speaking as a board, we want to avoid the lawsuits,” [Bob Rhinehart, chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Education] said. “It’s a waste of resources, and our resources are already pretty tight.”
Yeah, because if you can't do the right thing for the right reason, at least you can do they right thing when the Sword of Damocles is hanging over your head.

4 comments:

dakotas5 said...

[She] stressed that she and her family have never asked that Christian songs not be performed at Christmas concerts, only that other music representative of other religious such as Judaism, Wicca or Hinduism also be performed.
DUH CHRISTMAS, those other beliefs don't celebrate Christmas.

Zendo Deb said...

Pagans, Wiccans, and others DO celebrate the Solstice. And this year Hanuka and Christmas fell almost together.

But of course Christians don't want to admit that anyone else is celebrating at this time of year.

Zendo Deb said...

See my post Io, Saturnalia! for a rundown on the other holidays celebrated at this time of the year, and a bit about everything the Christians have done to try and stamp them out.

Zendo Deb said...

Sorry the correct post is Io, Saturnalia!.

Last years post was cut short.