October 28, 2004
RIGHT...For ALL the Wrong Reasons
As most of you know, our family has
longstanding ties in Washington State. This week, the City of Puyallup has been the
subject of international news coverage, which is pretty rare. The last time Puyallup was
mentioned this much was after Johnny Carson butchered its pronunciation badly on "The
Tonight Show" many years ago. (It's "pew-al-up"...)
In a surprise announcement this week
the local school district canceled the annual Halloween parade and school officials
proclaimed there would be no celebration or acknowledgement of the pagan festival this
year. The ensuing uproar prompted the largest turnout for a school board meeting in the
For many years I've contended that
Believers should have no part in the recognition of Halloween and the accompanying
activities. So, as an evangelical Christian most folks would probably think I'm elated
that my new home town would make such a bold move. However, I'm not.
The reason the school board canceled
Halloween was because they didn't want to offend local witches with the celebration!
The epitome of political correctness
A school district spokeswoman, quoted by local KOMO-TV, says,
"Witches [masks] with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of
the Wiccan religion, and so we want to be respectful."
Several self-proclaimed pagans,
Wiccans and other assorted occultists protested against the ban during the school board
meeting. Regular folk did too. Nobody seems to like the decision for one reason or
another. Mothers brought their children to the meeting in full Halloween costumes; others
gave speeches defending Halloween as "an American tradition" (which its not).
Regardless of the protests though, the school board is sticking to its guns and there'll
be no Halloween going on in the Puyallup schools anytime soon.
Only one Jewish girl spoke up
concerning how Halloween offends her. Imagine that? No Christians made any statements
according to the news reports. (I understand why - who wants to publicly side with the
witches on the issue of Halloween in order to attempt pointing out the fallacy of how
wacky political correctness is to a school board whose officials are dominated by it?)
The bottom line here is that
precious few (if any) school boards seem to care much about what concerned Christians or
Jews have to say regarding the occult practices and sorted history of Halloween. School
officials worldwide have shoved Harry Potter and other occult material (including the
celebration of Halloween) down the throats of Christian families nonstop and sometimes in
the process just simply dared anyone to resist. Yet in an effort to avoid a holiday which
they perceive could possibly offend the practitioners of witchcraft, the "P.C."
Puyallup school board now finds themselves embroiled in a sticky controversy the likes of
which the local palm reader on Meeker St. could never have seen coming!
Make no mistake, I'd like to see the
rejection of Halloween by every school district but
that's not about to happen - at least for the right
reasons anyway. The Puyallup school board is exhibiting just the sort of twisted thinking
that is gripping our world today. Right has become wrong and in an effort to appease those
who practice evil, good and truth suffers. Offend the pagans - never! But who cares about
Bible believers? Kinda reminds one of the skewed way the world and much of the US media
seem to view the liberation of Iraq from the hands of one of history's most infamous and
crazed villains doesn't it? They have it backwards.
Efforts like this to placate pagans
have overtones of another sort too. You can count on the idea that the politically correct
crowd has its sights set on limiting or eliminating the voice of Christians as we proclaim
Jesus as the only way of eternal salvation too. We
wouldn't want to upset anyone with the reality of the Cross or the finality of hell for
those who reject it now would we? That would hardly be "politically correct."
(c) copyright 2004, Eric Barger
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