Saturday, October 23, 2004

SEATTLE AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY BANNED FOR FEAR OF OFFENDING WITCHES

To the witches of Seattle and surrounding areas, I hope you didn't have anything to do with this.

Here's a link to an article about an elementary school in Washington that is banning its annual Halloween Party for the kids - one of the reasons being that it might offend "real witches." (For my non-Wicca friends: You don't have to be Wiccan to be a witch, but the article treats the terms synonymously. Wicca is the religion. Witchcraft is a practice.)

http://www.komotv.com/stories/33602.htm

Wiccans are not going to change the world's negative perceptions of us if we're banning Halloween celebrations because some Wiccans are offended by witch costumes with green complexions and warts. The spokeswoman from the school district in the article said they were banning the party because:

"Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that."

Most of the people in the school district have no idea what a Wiccan is. All this mandate did was cause confusion and create resentment of Wiccans by the community. Way to take a step backwards, Seattle.

If you want respect, fellow Wiccans, you have to earn it and not demand it. The way to earn respect and change misconceptions about Wiccans is for Wiccans to do positive things in the community. By volunteering at women's shelters and soup kitchens, organizing beach or park clean ups, and working in fellowship with other clergy to raise money for charitable causes, we earn the respect of the community we live in.

Change their minds about witches with POSITVE things and NOT with mandates that ruin everyone's fun. (It's not going to happen over night, either.) If you start contributing to your community as Wiccans then the community will know what Wiccans really are, and then maybe little girls will want to dress up in pointy hats and black dresses and have nice pretty complexions because the witches they know for real are beautiful on the inside.

Sandy Lionflower
Solitary Practitioner, but Never Alone