Ok, it’s a little early for Halloween, but I saw an add for costumes and candy in the paper and it got me thinking.
Did you know that many Christians believe in witches and goblins?
A kindergarten student in Pennsylvania wanted to have his mother read aloud from his favorite book in his class as part of an activity called “All About Me.” Each child was supposed to bring in a stuffed animal, a poster, a book, or some other item for show and tell, and talk to the class about their personal interests. The boy’s favorite book was the Bible. The school said that the mother would not be allowed to read from the Bible in the class. The school was sued over the event, and in May, won its case in federal court. Of course the case is now on appeal.
I think the school and the court were wrong. This isn’t a case of a school (government institution) favoring one religion over another. It’s a case of a student (private individual) asked to tell something about themselves to the other students. If the kid likes the Bible, he likes the Bible. Sad if that’s really a 5-year-old’s favorite book. But not illegal to talk about.
I kindof suspect that the kid’s mom chose the favorite book, or perhaps the kid never gets to read anything except the Bible at home. But that seems to be besides the point. It doesn’t sound like the teacher said the children had to choose books at their own reading level.
Here’s the kicker, it seems like the real reason they’re upset, is that the teacher suggested reading a halloween book instead! It has witches in it! Oh my!
In one Pennsylvania public school, reading from the Bible is forbidden — but reading about witches and Halloween is encouraged.
I bet a lot of you didn’t know that Christians in the 21st century still think there are real, evil witches lurking in the darkness waiting to steal their children’s souls. No, I am not making that up. Yes, I believed stuff like this myself once. One commenter makes it clear:
The Holy Bible states that in the very last days most of the world will be into drugs and witchcraft. It uses the word sorceries which is translated two ways for two meanings….pharmakia (Greek) for pharmacy or drugs and witchcraft is the other translated word. If they are determined to go to hell, who can stop them?
I feel bad for the kid, really. Now he’s going to be taught about how Christians are being persecuted and he’ll be brainwashed even more.