Monday, October 25, 2004

Witches: the New Minority

Puyallup's Maplewood Elementary School in Puyallup, Washington will not be celebrating Halloween this year for a few reasons. Not all parents can afford to buy their child a costume and it distracts from valuable class time. But an even more interesting reason is 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," said Hansen. . .

"I do lots of things that are not revolving around wearing a black outfit and stirring a cauldron," said Wiccan Priestess Cheryl Sulyma-Masson in an interview with ABC News where she explained that Wiccans (or Pagan Clergy) celebrate nature, not Satan. . .

Building administrators should not tolerate such inappropriate stereotyping (images such as Witches on flying brooms, stirring cauldrons, casting spells, or with long noses and pointed hats) and instead address them as you would hurtful stereotypes of any other minority."
Via A Saintly Salmagundi


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