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The nanny state on the rise...
[Sally C. Pipes] 12/6/04
At long last the presidential election of 2004
is history. So hectic was the final week before the vote that
one rather strange story failed to elicit some much needed analysis.
Some viewed it as comic relief, but it was more than that.
In the town of Puyallup, Washington, school officials banned
Halloween celebrations in class. In a dumbed-down nation, one
can certainly sympathize with such a move on the part of educators.
Such activities generate a lot of waste material and deprive
students of valuable class time, better spent acquiring basic
knowledge and skills. However, the educators' motive proved rather
authorities issued their ban so as not to elevate one tradition
over another. Even in this
respect, however, some
traditions are more equal than others. More specifically, officials
feared that girls dressed as witches, with warts on their noses,
black pointed hats, and broomsticks in tow, might offend the
delicate sensibilities of Wiccans. These ladies are apparently
religion of vaguely pagan theology but practicing only "white" magic,
not the black, evil kind.
much clout the supposedly downtrodden Wiccans might wield in
Puyallup and its environs remains unclear.
officials believed this group, virtually all female, needed special
protection. This protection was not from attack, loss of jobs,
access, or anything like that. It sprang from the perception
that they needed protecting from schoolchildren in Halloween
costumes who have not the slightest clue that they might be giving
offense. This involved a "final and irreversible" ban
on dreaded Halloween activities.
A local Wiccan
high priestess – apparently there is a
hierarchy of some sort in this group – thought this decision
was rather silly. That did not, however, deter the officials
from their steely determination to protect even those who announce
that they are not offended. Therein lies a lesson, or several.
Political correctness has not faded away but is, in fact, rampant
and getting worse, particularly in education circles. One of
its hallmarks is the notion of intellectual democracy, that all
ideas and traditions have the same value and merit the same respect.
Actually, they don't.
A tradition of democracy, free enterprise, and human rights
is more worthy of respect that a tradition of, say, slavery,
superstition, human sacrifice, and oppression. In other words,
the tradition that allows women to become prime minister, or
national security adviser, is better than a tradition that forbids
education for women and forces them to walk around in burlap
sacks. More to the point, a tradition that cultivates science
is more worthy of recognition than one that looks to magic, of
The "diversity" that
politically correct types claim to advance is really a marked
the Western tradition.
But while the politically correct mindset is at pains to keep
people from being offended, ironically, their efforts lack diversity.
One can't imagine efforts to prevent giving offense to businessmen,
the police, or soldiers. Only accredited, politically correct
victims deserve that treatment, with women such as the Wiccans
perceived as particularly needy.
Such nonsense is, of course, offensive, particularly when it
comes from bureaucrats paid out of the public purse. When it
takes place women should speak up. And there is something else
they can do. Women should look into educating their children
at home, a growing trend.
part of a government monopoly, who indulge political correctness
are unlikely to be performing
well at the
job they are supposed to be doing – educating children.
The Halloween episode is more evidence that women who are parents
should be able to choose where their daughters and sons go to
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