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Pagan mom not allowed to hand out lit at school...

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after her son brought home a Bible that was given to him at school.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2088912/Pagan-mothers-fury-son-brings-home-Bible-school-witchcraft-books-banned.html

A school is being accused of not letting students practice religious freedom after they refused to let a pagan student's mother give out spell books, despite allowing bibles to be distributed.

Ginger Strivelli, from North Carolina, who practices Witchcraft, a form of Paganism, said she was upset when her 12-year-old son came home from North Windy Ridge intermediate school with a Bible.

She challenged the school about distributing the books, which were donated by the local Gideon group, and has prompted the Buncombe County Board of Education to reevaluate its policies regarding religious texts.

The Gideons International had delivered several boxes of the sacred books to the school office. The staff allowed interested students to stop by and pick them up.

But when Mrs Strivelli showed up at the school with Pagan spell books, she was turned away, despite being assured by the principal the school would make available religious texts donated by any group. 

School: North Windy Ridge intermediate school where children were given Gideon bibles

School: North Windy Ridge intermediate school where children were given Gideon bibles

The district announced in  statement: 'Buncombe County School officials are currently reviewing relevant policies and practices with school board attorneys. 

 

'During this review period, no school in the system will be accepting donations of materials that could be viewed as advocating a particular religion or belief.'

Debate: The handing out of bibles in the school has dragged it into controversy about religious freedom

Debate: The handing out of bibles in the school has dragged it into controversy about religious freedom

The First Amendment gives public schools two clear choices when it comes to the distribution of religious texts.

Michael Broyde, a professor and senior fellow at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion told Fox News: 'You can either open your public school up to all religious material, or you can say no religious material.

'You can't say, "You can distribute religious material, but only from the good mainstream faiths".

'America runs a grand, noble experiment in religious diversity without violence. There's no killing of the Jews. There's no Catholic-Protestant violence. We are very successful in this grand experiment.'

Ms Strivelli agrees with this stance that it should be all or nothing and said she found many others who agreeds: 'Many Christians have stood up and said they agree with me too. Because, as much as they may like the Bible, they don't want Jehovah's Witnesses coming in with Watch Tower (magazines) or Catholics coming in and having them pray the Rosary.'



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by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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blues_pagan
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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Have you read the bible?

It is full of incest, murder, prostitution, and much more.  

Quoting AlekD:

The fact is that we don't know what she was attempting to distribute therefore and arguments for or against her actions are based in ignorance. There are pagan works that are inappropriate for grade school, books that deal with things like "the great rite" sex magik blood magick etc. All we know is that she tried to distribute "spell books " that could mean anything. That's why I said I was withholding judgement unless and until it is revealed exactly what she was trying to distribute.

Quoting blues_pagan:

That book is a work of fiction.  I take it you also want Catcher in the Rye taken out of schools as well?

Quoting AlekD:

You need to ask why Diary of a Drug Fiend wouldn't exactly be appropriate for school?





Quoting blues_pagan:

I have read a lot of Crowley as well as others.  Once again, why shouldn't it be distributed at a public school?

Quoting AlekD:

I don't know if you have read much Crowley but there are definitely legitimate reasons why it might not he allowed to be distributed at a public school.








Quoting blues_pagan:

Why would that matter?

Quoting AlekD:

I would have to know what book she was handing out before casting judgement.





JMmama
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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It. Is. A. School.

Not a church or religious center or anything else. Schools are for teaching reading, writing, math, etc. No one needs to be dropping off their religious book for any students interested or otherwise. There shouldn't even be a discussion about all or nothing. It should be nothing. Period.
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PortiaRose
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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She was being immature.
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blues_pagan
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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She was being immature because she thought that the school must have an open policy when it came to distributing religious material and simply wanted to join in to help raise awareness and education on Paganism?

Quoting PortiaRose:

She was being immature.


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

It said the bibles were in boxes and the students that were interested stopped by and picked them up. Is she mad that her child is reading about another religion? By his own choice? Is she angry that no other kids were interested in picking up her brochures?

smurfbitebug
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM
The words "Buncombe County" explain everything to me.
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blues_pagan
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

No she is mad because she was turned away when she tried to do the same things the Gideons had done.

Quoting EireLass:

It said the bibles were in boxes and the students that were interested stopped by and picked them up. Is she mad that her child is reading about another religion? By his own choice? Is she angry that no other kids were interested in picking up her brochures?


blues_pagan
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I take it that they are a very conservative Christian county?

Quoting smurfbitebug:

The words "Buncombe County" explain everything to me.


punky3175
by Punky on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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If kids/people are interested they can walk themselves to their local church and ask questions there just like anyone else. It shouldn't be done in schools.

Quoting LavenderMom23:

It wasn't like they passed the Bibles out in classrooms. It was very respectful, the bibles were left for interested students. Students that took the time to walk themselves into the office. So I would not say they distributed these bibles. They were simply 'made available'. And how many students would voluntarily go in and pick one up? Not many in my area. I would have been okay with all religions dropping off their 'official' book if they have one and this gal could easily have been dismissed bc pagans don't have an official book. It's not about indoctrinating kids, its about supplying materials to those that already want it. Now if they advertised that this was the truth or passed them out it would be a different story.

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punky3175
by Punky on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM
Beat me to it. ;-)

Quoting blues_pagan:

Have you read the bible?

It is full of incest, murder, prostitution, and much more.  

Quoting AlekD:

The fact is that we don't know what she was attempting to distribute therefore and arguments for or against her actions are based in ignorance. There are pagan works that are inappropriate for grade school, books that deal with things like "the great rite" sex magik blood magick etc. All we know is that she tried to distribute "spell books " that could mean anything. That's why I said I was withholding judgement unless and until it is revealed exactly what she was trying to distribute.



Quoting blues_pagan:

That book is a work of fiction.  I take it you also want Catcher in the Rye taken out of schools as well?

Quoting AlekD:

You need to ask why Diary of a Drug Fiend wouldn't exactly be appropriate for school?







Quoting blues_pagan:

I have read a lot of Crowley as well as others.  Once again, why shouldn't it be distributed at a public school?

Quoting AlekD:

I don't know if you have read much Crowley but there are definitely legitimate reasons why it might not he allowed to be distributed at a public school.











Quoting blues_pagan:

Why would that matter?

Quoting AlekD:

I would have to know what book she was handing out before casting judgement.





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