KOMO-TV in Washington state reports that a school district in Puyallup has banned Halloween celebrations in part because witch costumes might offend local Wiccans.
Puyallup school spokeswoman Karen Hansen said, "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."
Number eight on the district's guidelines related to holidays and celebrations reads as follows: "Use of derogatory stereotypes is prohibited, such as the traditional image of a witch, which is offensive to members of the Wiccan religion."
The district also says the half-hour party and parade at the end of the school day waste valuable class time and might make kids who can't afford costumes upset.
Credit for Trying?
A group of students at the University of Texas in Austin are catching hell for a party they held dubbed "Cowboys and Native Americans," reports the Daily Texan.
The Longhorn Hellraisers, a student spirit group, mistakenly believed that changing the name of the party from "Cowboys and Indians" to "Cowboys and Native Americans" would placate the multi-culti crowd.
Monica Culver, who attended the party, told the paper that she was shocked when she walked into the mixer.
Men were dressed as cowboys, she said, and women as Indians in Pocahontas costumes and the like.
"I found it offensive, because they used the Native American culture as an accessory to their party," she said. "Also, the history between the American Indians and the cowboys is a very violent one, and the party made light of this history."
Culver ran straight away to the Multicultural Information Center where she works in an effort to get the group to file a formal complaint about the offensive incident.
Student entrepreneurs at Harvard University were forced to stop selling T-shirts reading "Yale Sucks, Jeter Swallows" because activists on campus said it was demeaning to gays, reports the Crimson.
The shirt, which was designed for the annual Yale-Harvard game, plays on the Boston Red Sox slogan "Yankees Suck, Jeter Swallows" being bandied about for the American League championship series.
Gay activists on campus complained that the negative reference to oral sex was offensive to gays and women.
M. Barusch, a member of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Alliance (BGLTSA), called the shirts homophobic.
"This is one more example of how offensive and discriminatory language makes its way into everyday discourse," said another student, Joseph R. Geschlecht.
Jewish groups at Duke University in North Carolina are demanding the head of a columnist and editors at the student newspaper there because it published an article saying Jews can't handle criticism, reports The Associated Press.
In a column published in The Chronicle, Philip Kurian called Jews "the most privileged 'minority' group in the country" and said they use the Holocaust to rebut legitimate criticism.
"What Jewish suffering — along with exorbitant Jewish privilege in the United States — amounts to is a stilted, one-dimensional conversation where Jews feel the overwhelming sense of entitlement not to be criticized or offended," Kurian wrote.
Rachael Solomon, student president of the campus' Freeman Center for Jewish Life, said the column was deeply offensive and has demanded an investigation into whether top editors of the Chronicle are fit for their jobs.
A group of black activists in St. Petersburg, Fla., destroyed a Halloween display on someone's private property there, reports WTSP-TV. But that's OK because the display was racist, they said. With police standing by in a cruiser, members of the UHURU movement destroyed the Frankenstein character in Colleen Watson's yard because they thought its skin was too dark.
Nyabinga Dzimbahwe justified the action thus: "It was a scaffold that had an African hanging from the scaffold. It was a body with dark skin with tennis shoes on."
The Associated Press reports that some American towns are decreeing that Halloween be celebrated on Saturday instead of Sunday Oct. 31 this year in order to avoid offending folks who might object to the sight of mini goblins and demons wandering around on the Sabbath.
"You just don't do it on Sunday," Sandra Hulsey of Greenville, Ga., said of the trick-or-treating tradition. "That's Christ's day. You go to church on Sunday, you don't go out and celebrate the devil.
"That'll confuse a child."
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Natalie in Texas writes:
The section of your article regarding the DUI checkpoints in Oakland really got to me. If police aren't allowed to enforce the laws, it can lead to more incidents like what happened to me. While stopped at a light, a drunk illegal immigrant slammed into the back of my car. Fortunately, no one was badly injured (although there were still medical pills to pay), but the damage to my car was over $4,000. Do you think this person had a license or insurance? NO, and I had to pay for an accident that they caused. Yes, my insurance helped, but now my premiums are higher.
News flash: driving without a license and insurance is illegal—not just driving drunk. So it's not true to say "yet otherwise obey the law." Let the police do their job and enforce the law, period.
Adrianne M. writes:
I just had to add my two cents about the immigration issue as it relates to driving. My husband, who is in this country LEGALLY just had the unhappy surprise of being given a ticket for driving without a license. This was a surprise because he is from France and in the US, French drivers can use their own licenses to drive. There's a treaty between the US and several other countries.
According to New York State police, however, my husband was in violation of the law because he has lived in the US for more than 30 days. Fair enough. We didn't know the law but that doesn't mean we can get away with breaking it. My husband has stopped driving completely until he gets a New York state license.
If my husband has to have a legal license, even when he is in this country legally and following all of the immigration rules, then these law-breakers don't deserve any slack. They KNOW they are breaking the law and putting the community in danger, but they don't care. It's really frustrating to us, as a couple, because we have spent thousands of dollars and much effort to make sure that my husband is in this country legally. To see others getting away with being criminals just because it's not PC to enforce the law is intolerable.
Carmen C. writes:
The boy being charged with a felony for shoving the Spanish-speaking boy is just a snapshot of what will happen to our country if we do not wise up and quit making language political. In my humble opinion, I believe that we should make English our national language, but I also believe all of our children should be taught both Spanish and English starting in kindergarten and add other languages as per their choice when they are older.
I spent the summer in Singapore where the national language is English, but everyone also speaks their native tongue (Chinese, Hindi, etc.). But whenever you meet someone on the street you know that you will be able to communicate with them in English. How can a country prosper if its citizens can not communicate?
Blake P. writes:
In reference to the "Nice" blurb on Oct. 5 about the two senate candidates in South Carolina...all I have to say is this: Since when is it an offense to pay someone an honest compliment? Seriously. For Inez Tenenbaum to get upset at Jim DeMint for simply and honestly referring to her as "a nice lady" is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. What has our society come to when even sincere compliments are potential grounds for a lawsuit?
Gerard M. writes:
I think everyone agrees that the only racist nutballs who see anything wrong with Lord of the Rings are the Southern Policy Law Center. These spiteful weirdos seem to see racism in anything Anglo Saxon! What will the SPLC do when there are no whites left to insult?