A Senator’s Vision of Tolerance

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  February 9, 2010 — 27 Comments

It’s rare that an elected official baldly states the hypocrisies in their line of thinking, but the almost stream-of-consciousness nature of Twitter seems to catch normally risk-averse folks (and politicians, even the loud-mouthed ones, are notoriously risk-averse) off guard. For example, The Colorado Independent catches two tweets, made within twenty minutes of each-other, that seem to imply that Colorado Springs Senator Dave Schultheis has a “foggy” grasp of religious tolerance.

Yes, it seems that religious intolerance is bad when it happens to Christians in Egypt, but a little bit of it is OK when talking about Pagans getting a worship area at the Air Force Academy. Sadly, his Twitter feed is now protected, so we have no idea if there was any follow-up concerning his thoughts on religious (in)tolerance. We do know that he is sponsoring one of those “religious bill of rights” for Colorado public schools. It, like similar bills passed into law in other states, is supposed to allow students greater freedoms to wear religious garb, give religiously-themed presentations, and allow schools to offer “religious education” courses.

“Teach a religious topic in public school for historical, literary, or other educational purposes, including but not limited to the religious origins of various holidays.”

One wonders if Schultheis will remain a big fan of the law, if passed, once religious minorities start taking advantage of it. Because the answer to “where does it end” for Schultheis is most likely “far beyond where you’d like it to”. Perhaps Pagans in  Colorado Senate District 9 should drop him a line to let him know how eager you are for Pagan students to express themselves more fully in class (pentacles! t-shirts!), and for teachers to discuss the pagan origins of Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and other major holidays.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Where does it end?

    Why should it end? Let a thousand flowers bloom.

    • Beautifully put. 🙂

    • Especially if they're giant carnivorous Christian eating Venus Fly Traps. Plant them at churches. Burp!

  • Cara

    Heh. Oh how I love Twitter and other New Media.

  • Thriceraven

    Okay, I officially have a new favourite superhero. Batpagan, get to work! The forces of evil abound!

    Thanks for the chuckle.

    • AutumnWytch

      That comment = perfection.

  • Well, there's always Canada.

  • That would make a great comic strip. Any artsy people in here?

    • The_L

      Seconded! I honestly don't think I could have said it better. 🙂

  • Well said, friend.

  • Really, nothing need be said more than *headdesk.*

  • Red Beard

    Zinger! Jason, this post exemplifies the great work that you do everyday here at the Wild Hunt. Thank you for keeping us updated on all things Pagan.

  • I think that Twit if far more appropriate, especially in this case.

  • With the rope running out of slack and him dancing a jig. Then slowly twisting in a circle as he goes to meet Odin. Vae victis.

  • Oberon Osiris


    this was beautiful.

    Oberon Osiris

  • Exactly!

  • And it's not just Canada. It's also true of right-wing Christian fundies in Africa, Latin America and India.

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