A Short Rant–Witches and Jesus

I’ll try to keep my rant short. 

I did not want to send Caitlyn to public school.  I knew we would end up hearing ideas I did not like.  It’s not that I don’t want her to be well rounded and grow up to be a critical thinker.  I do, but I also want information she is given to be balanced.  Time given to different ideas to be equal, with all sides presented.

I knew it wasn’t going to happen, but that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed and upset with the situation.

In case you didn’t know, Monday is Halloween.  For the last month she has been bringing home papers, books, stories and books related to Halloween.  Yes, we do trick or treating and carve pumpkins, but we are careful to talk about what we believe as it pertains.  For example, we do not dress up as witches because witches don’t love Jesus.

So let me tell you how thrilled I was to have my 5 year old tell me all about two witches and how one came to the other and was upset.  The one told her she didn’t have to be evil, but she said that was what she was made to be…there was more and with every word my heart sank. 

Not because I think she is now going to turn to wicca, but because I know in December she will not spend a month preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  That will be considered taboo because it might offend someone.  That will be silenced because it might upset people. 

In the name of tolerance I must accept her hearing about witches, but that same tolerance is not extended to Jesus. 

That ruffles my feathers.  What ruffles yours?

Survive til you Thrive!

4 Responses to A Short Rant–Witches and Jesus

  1. You make a really good point.

    I have done more for Halloween this year than I have in the past – made some decorations, including ghosts, etc. Nothing was ever put off limits for my Halloweens growing up and I never questioned my faith, so we haven't put anything off limits either. But I haven't ever considered what you said until now.

    My daughter's school does not celebrate Halloween at all. In fact, I asked if I could bring jack o' lantern cookies to celebrate their trip to the pumpkin patch and was kindly asked to bring pumpkin cookies instead because they don't want ANYTHING Halloween related at school. There is no talk of costumes, no books, no coloring sheets, no stories, nothing.

    I even loaned them my copy of "My Happy Pumpkin" because it talks about picking out a pumpkin and carving it – but there is no mention of Halloween or jack o' lanterns or any costumes in the book – and then compares it to God picking us out, cleaning us of our sin and letting His love shine through us. I thought the teachers would love it. They did not. Because it talks about carving a pumpkin. Even though it's not called a jack o' lantern. It's too Halloween-y for them.

    But I am sure December is going to be fabulous! Yay!

  2. We don't celebrate Halloween here in South Africa. Not for any particular moral reason, it's just not part of our history. It does seem to be creeping in a little, though, especially in Cape Town, where the kids are starting to trick or treat some. I have nothing against that.
    But, Jesus has also been taken out of the schools, and that ruffles my feathers SO much. My sister is a music teacher at a primary (elementary) school, and she is not allowed to select hymns that have the name of Jesus in them.
    How sad is that? No 'What a Friend I have in Jesus', no "Jesus loves me, this I know'.
    I find this tragic!

  3. I feel your frustration, Charity. I felt the same way while teaching in public school. As someone who never really celebrated Halloween, I see it as a road bump to the "good" holidays left in the year. One of my favorite things about living in England was the fact that as a community we celebrated Harvest (their Thanksgiving) in early October and then moved into the Christmas season. There was very little attention paid to Halloween. All Saint's Day, yes, was a big deal. But the day before? Not so much.
    I hope you can find conversation points with your girls that they can take back out into the world. Points about what YOU believe in your family and how they may or may not contradict what their friends, teacher, or school is presenting.
    To give you a slice of hope, one of my former students has a daughter in 1st grade this year. She attends public school, but she is most definitely a shining beacon of light for God. Her mother (who is a seminary student) often feels convicted because Brianna will come home telling her how many people she was able to share Jesus with on any given day. (How many of us frame our good/bad days this way?!?) Brianna, in her child-like way has found a way to frame everything she hears and sees in school in a way that amazes her parents because she, as a 7 year old, will not compromise her beliefs.
    Keep telling Caitlyn about YOUR beliefs and she will learn to process the differences. And feel free to talk to her teacher, principal, and even the school board about your concerns. My mom was a pesky parent like that. I had parents of students like that, and even when we disagreed, I also appreciated their interest in their child's education both in and out of the classroom!
    Feel free to be proactive about this. Besides feeling better about getting your opinion out to those who can make a change, Caitlyn will remember how her mom thought it was a big enough deal to make a fuss. 🙂 It will give her power later on to stand up for what she believes.
    And isn't that what you really want for her?
    Good luck!

  4. Rach (DonutsMama)

    There is definitely a double standard and a bias. I don't like it either. I have my hesitations about public school for these same reasons.

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