Yesterday an eighth-grade boy in Paramus, New Jersey, came to school dressed as Jesus, and was sent home. Yesterday was Halloween, notice. Today the wingnuts are in full battle cry that the Paramus, New Jersey school system hates Christianity. One wingnut:
Halloween is a Christian holiday now? I realize Catholics try to pretend it is with All Saint’s Day. But the truth is that it’s an old pre-Christian Celtic holiday, and the other truth is that we still celebrate it as such. There’s nothing Christian about it.
Having been raised Christian, I’d like to think I still understand Christianity. And I think a Christian argument could be made that dressing as Jesus for Halloween is blasphemy. I believe if some kid had worn a Jesus costume in my old Bible Belt no-teaching-of-Darwin-allowed school system in the Ozarks, he’d not only have been sent home but his entire family would have had to face the wrath of the born-again community.
Paramus, New Jersey is not exactly the Bible Belt, but it’s conservative enough to have blue laws. The malls are closed on Sunday, and what stores are open have stuff roped off that you cannot buy. As I remember it, toys are OK, but you can’t buy nails or paint, for example. It’s annoying. Every now and then the blue laws get put up for a vote, and Christian ministers rally and get them re-approved.
Anyway, I wonder sometimes if the “war on Christianity” people are Christians themselves, or if they just get off on being outraged. Don’t answer that; I already know.