Reader Poll: “Should Wiccan holidays be added to school calendars?”

Reader Poll: “Should Wiccan holidays be added to school calendars?”

Here’s the question we asked our readers:

“Should Wiccan holidays be added to school calendars alongside of other religious holidays (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.)?”

Here is how UFI readers responded:

3 Percent                             “Yes”

97 Percent                           “No”

This news article, Wiccan days included on Tennessee university calendar, prompted us to pose this question.  This is an interesting and loaded question for pro-family/conservative individuals.  There clearly was a unified response to the question:  “No, Wiccan/pagan holidays should not be added to school calendars.”  But, we at United Families have to disagree with the overwhelming consensus.

We are absolutely not supporters of Wicca or other forms of paganism.   We deal with them regularly at the UN.  But if you state that you are a supporter of religious freedom, something United Families does actively support, it is difficult to be consistent in your position and then deny other religious groups the same freedoms and opportunities.

As one blogger stated:  

I love it when people profess to love freedom of religion, and then talk about how the principle is being taken too far.”

The only other option that we can see for a school calendar, when other religions have asked for their holidays to be included, is to include no holidays on the calendar.  But we are open to be convinced otherwise.

Write to us and tell us what you think on this topic.

 

11 Comments
  • David
    Posted at 18:36h, 29 August Reply

    I speak as a parent and a teacher. The purpose of adding events and holidays to a school calendar should be to alert the parents. students and teachers when school is or isn’t in session or when school related activities are to occur. Any other additions are just clutter. Holidays should be planned according to the needs of the student population regardless of the religious beliefs. Your poll question was poorly composed. I would have answered “No” to the poll question, because the question did not specifically say that there was a bonified reason for the addition of the holiday.

  • United Families International
    Posted at 10:03h, 30 August Reply

    David:
    You’re right; it would have been good to give a little more clarification as to the purpose of adding the holiday. Unfortunately, the way our website allows us to post the poll, we are are very limited to the number of characters. Thus the wording of the questions have to be kept to a minimum.

    You’ll note that we attempted to link to the actual news article (in the UFI Weekly News) so that people could click on it and get some clarification. You will also note that we did clarify to some degree with the addition of “Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.” – which implies Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Ramadan.

    So, David, now knowing that the purpose of the holiday addition was to alert students and teachers as to the potential absence of those students who might be celebrating Wiccan holidays, would you support adding Wiccan holidays to the school calendar?

  • kamidnelson
    Posted at 17:34h, 31 August Reply

    Wiccan is not a religion; it is a potentially dangerous cult. Yes, I am quite aware that some people say the same about the religion I belong to in order to get a rise out of people. But a simple line of logic is ‘by their fruits shall ye know them,’ and I think non-Christians can agree that that is at least logical even if it does come from the Bible.

    One definition of “cult” (very closely related to the word “occult” for a reason) is “a quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents.” Two other possible definitions would be 1) a supposed ‘religion’ that hurts either adherents or those around them in order that false priests could be exalted, and 2) Satan-worship – whether or not that’s what adherents call it. After hearing about some of the “fruits” of Wiccan – or Wiccan Witchcraft, as some call it – I describe it as a cult. Wiccans may swear that “Wiccans don’t worship Satan because they don’t believe in him.” However, teenage ex-Wiccan girls who swear they were haunted by demons while practicing witchcraft convince me that that doesn’t mean he doesn’t take advantage of their curiosity in the “darkness verses light” question. There are also suggestions in historical data that suggest that Hitler and other Nazi leaders may have been secret pagans – the forerunners of Wiccanism.

    There was a time that occult symbols were forbidden from the classroom because they were recognized for what they were and astrology was taught only as a historical Babylonian idea, and I would be concerned if I ever found out about a Ouiji board in a classroom. Let’s return to that way of thinking!

  • United Families International
    Posted at 07:57h, 01 September Reply

    We appreciate that you may believe that Wicca is a cult, not a religion; but unfortunately, the courts have seen in it otherwise. Wicca is considered to be a religion. Even Atheism has been considered to be a religion http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=31895

  • LG
    Posted at 20:16h, 03 September Reply

    Could it depend on what we want to be – an all-inclusive nation…or a nation that finds the true way and stands up for it? That’s a controversial question, but it merits our thought. When a man finds gold, does he put it with the rest of his rock collection and forget/dismiss its golden properties, or does it become his greatest treasure? Of course, I’m referring to America’s Christian roots. While I don’t ascribe to other nations’ religions, one must acknowledge that some countries do stay committed to their belief system. Somehow we lost that…and, in my estimation, what a treasure we lost! When America was founded and freedom of religion was introduced, I somehow doubt that inclusiveness was held up as the ideal or the safest way to go. Has this new idea of inclusiveness benefited our country significantly? Why do we feel we must include all religions on a calendar as proof of our support of freedom of religion? Is that TRULY our highest ideal, the safest way?
    “One must stand for something, or one will fall for anything.” Food for thought…from no historian or sociologist, but a developing “geologist.”

  • Eulene Moores
    Posted at 22:41h, 05 September Reply

    The United States and Canada have traditionally had their roots in the Christian tradition. I think the original colonists would be horrified if they could know the extent to which the Christian faith has been compromised in America. I believe the idea of ‘religious freedom’ was intended to include recognition of all faiths within the Christian tradition, honoring God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ; not those of other professed deities. It is pretty obvious that Wiccan would not be included. EHM

  • Michael
    Posted at 12:17h, 18 September Reply

    If we believe that we’re a nation under God, then a holiday to celebrate Wicca is out of place in our culture and society. You note that the Courts have recognized Wicca as a religion. I regret to say that within our belief system – enshrined in our constition – our courts are wrong. As a result, you (UFI) and we as a whole, should not honour the court’s opinion by adopting their position with regard to Wicca or any other cult or activity which fall outside of the truth as we understand and recognise it. We should not sacrifice the truth on the altar of expediency. ML

  • Tina
    Posted at 15:58h, 05 October Reply

    I think Wiccan Holidays should be included in school calenders just like every other religion. The school my children go to have quite a few students that study the Wiccan religion and i think that they should be able to have their holiday just the same as everyone else.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 19:51h, 22 October Reply

    UFI, There is a certain wisdom in your position. However, “religion”, the spiritual world, can be demonic. There is also the fact that God uses eternity to recompense persons but time to recompense nations. In Tennessee, the observations happen independently of the universities. The adherents are simply absent, from the university perspective. A line should be drawn at linking pagan observances in any way with schools. About being consistent with freedom of religion, the freedom some countries grant Christians does not even include life and breath, since persecutors go unfettered. It might be worthwhile to realise that with or without this privilege, pagans and others have appreciable religious freedom here, even while Christians’ rights of conscience are under attack. Perhaps schools should allow the absences and pray hard for their souls. For me, polytheism lacks credibility because it contradicts philosophical logic.Was the world created by a committee? It also lacks moral authority. Smart people might outgrow it. By the way, bona fide means good faith.

  • Brealynn Dragonstar, High Priestesss of Five Point Circle Coven
    Posted at 01:55h, 15 July Reply

    As a wiccan high priestess, I believe the public has been led in a wrong direction about our religion. WE DO NOT WORSHIP SATAN, or sacrifice animals OR humans, nor do we try to CONTROL everything and everyone. We are a peaceful religion that usually you can’t even tell that we exsist. At least till we are judged and verbally assaulted by people that are uneducated to our ways. Yes, I believe that the constitution says freedom of religion, not freedom of Christianity. Our religion has been noted and put on record as a reconized RELIGION, not CULT. As no offense, but pushing that Christianity is the only true religion and that your God is the only true God… isn’t that kinda the same controlling factor that you mistake us for? Telling people that they HAVE to believe in only one God, that they HAVE to believe in the bible and that they HAVE to believe that sinning will send them to hell? Isn’t that statement “a quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents.” what you as a Christian who doesn’t respect other religions doing when you say those things? So by the definition, Christianity is a cult as well, using the bible and fear of hell to make people believe in a God that “…loves you, but will send you to hell if you don’t follow his rules…”? Just a thought… We do believe in multiple Gods and Godesses as to let the way you worship be more sacred and personal. It is a FREE religion, not one that is bound by a book that has been edited so many time to control what the general public think and do. So, the answer to the above question, for me, would be yes. If you allow the other religions, Wiccan holidays should be included because the United States says freedom of religion…NOT freedom of only Christian controlled religions. JLP

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 09:12h, 26 July Reply

    Had I been polled, I’d have quite honestly answered “Yes” to the aforementioned question. Why? Because I am Wiccan.

    I am 25 years old now, and have held my current beliefs since I was 13. I was actually introduced to Wicca by my friend, Evan. He had always been raised Wiccan by his parents, and I was curious about other religions, even at that age. I was Catholic at the time, so imagine how surprised I was to find that my personal beliefs held far more in common with his religion than my own!
    After two years, Evan’s family moved away, but I continued my exploration of my newfound faith. I devoured every real/serious book I could on the subject…completely shunning any ones aimed at the emo/goth/teenage subculture with “love potions” or “enemy curses” nonsense. I learned so much then, and even know continue to gain knowledge. When I was 16, my mother became interested in my beliefs and converted to Wicca along with my younger sisters. My younger brother (who is a Marine) has decided to remain agnostic, with Christian leanings…but everyone is tolerant of each other.

    More to the point, Yes, my religious holidays should be placed on a school calendar. Not only would this cement in some people’s minds that we are a true, living, federally recognized religion, but it is also fair. Some holidays, like Yule or Ostara, fit very nicely into “Winter Break” or “Spring Break” respectively. But what about others, such as Samhain/Halloween? I cannot begin to describe how many times I had a test the following day! Most of my classmates only had to give up some partying/trick or treating time to study…I had to study while also trying to listen to my mother tells us stories of our ancestors. Oftentimes my prayers and Remembrance ritual would feel rushed, and little wonder why! Had my school district declared Samhain a “real” holiday I’d have had a much easier time.

    Lastly, I must agree with the quote you have in your actual article; in spite of being an organization that promotes family and religious values (both of which are incredibly important to raising morally strong children, in my opinion) many of the comments preceding mine are callous, to say the least. For there to still be parents who call another’s faith a “cult” is beyond me. My parents raised me right; I would never say that a Jew, Catholic, Muslim or Protestant were wrong in their beliefs. To do so would not only be detrimental to the person, but would be completely disrespectful to the religion itself. After all, a family is a family, regardless of what religion they practice! I only pray that peace and tolerance will come to those who hold such fear in their hearts.

    Blessed Be, friends.

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