Halloween approaches. My youngest, who is in kindergarten, is gearing up for her class party, which is still considered a "Halloween party" and she will be able to wear a costume and load up on sugar. My oldest, I have learned, has a few offspring of party-poopers in her class. Her teacher reported to my mother-in-law (who picked my little ladies up from school the other day) that she was still deciding on how to hold the party and that she will send out a letter soon.
The party will be called a "Harvest Party," and the children might not get to dress up. I have found myself getting all kinds of riled up about this. I am not out to punish any children. It is not the fault of these poor little kids (who probably wish their parents didn't suck so much and would let them dress up like all the other little kids!) that their parents are judgmental ignorant theists. I am all for finding a fair compromise. The key word here, though, is definitely fair. I don't feel that the belief system of one or two kids should dictate the party structure for a dozen other children whose parents are perfectly down with Halloween.
If the parents of these children have such definite views on the evils of Halloween, then I feel that part of teaching their children their belief system involves their kids maybe not getting to participate in certain things. I don't feel it involves manipulating the world around them to accommodate them. I don't feel it involves disrupting my own child's belief system (or lack thereof) to make these theistic parents more comfortable.
An interesting note is that term "Harvest Party." If these people were slightly more educated (or took the time to look it up), they would know that historically, Halloween is a freaking harvest party-- a pagan harvest party! And by calling it a harvest party, thinking they are protesting and making things nicer and more Christian-acceptable, they are really feeding into it. It reminds me of those decals people have on their car with the Jesus fish eating the Darwin fish. I always think, "You are just displaying evolution on your car, you boneheads! Are you a special kind of stupid?"
I will be writing a letter. I would like to thank Thing Atheist for bringing out the advocate and activist in me. Before, though I was very open with my atheism, I wasn't so outspoken about issues I find oppressive of others' rights. Now, I feel like I need to speak up, or things are never going to change.