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Monday, March 14, 2005

Let's derail the AFA

The AFA decided to aid and abet hatred and attack religion other than fundamentalist Christianity in Midland, Michigan.

Family group warns Midland officials: school newspaper’s promotion of witchcraft may expose children to harm

March 8, 2005

MIDLAND, Mich. – A statewide family values group Tuesday praised Midland Central Middle School Principal Paula Geller for pledging to ensure that the middle school’s student newspaper will not publish articles in the future encouraging its 11- to 13-year old readers to consider experimenting with witchcraft.
Gary Glenn, Midland, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, contacted school officials in response to the Winter 2005 issue of the middle school’s Cavalier Chronicle, which included an article entitled “Good Witch or Bad Witch?” in which an 8th grade member of the student newspaper staff wrote that “most people believe that witches don’t exist, and I am here to prove them wrong.”
“My family is a normal family, except that my aunt is a Wiccan witch,” the Central Middle School 8th grader wrote. “…I have decided to experiment with this religion and see if this is the way for me. I also think that some of the kids in school would like some of the things that Wiccans do, like: We gather in meetings every week and talk, gossip, and learn about the Wiccan way. We cast spells and potions. …So, if you are interested, you can look up some books…and learn all you want about Wiccans.”

Oh my goodness gracious! Whatever will happen to someone who actually learns FACTS instead of lies about a religion other than his or her own? Heaven forfend!

Here's your opportunity to let the
Midland Public School Board know that ignorance breeds bigotry and bigotry breeds violence, and that learning *about* another religion is not the same as being converted *to* another religion from one's own. Ask them if this policy will be applied to ALL religions or if it will be selectively applied to SOME religions. Remind the school Board that intolerance is the mark of a dying civilization, not a healthy and lively one.


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