Petard (Hoisted By One’s Own)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  December 7, 2006 — Leave a comment

Speaking of Christmas Wars and Pagan counter-attacks and such, Chas Clifton brings forth another case of the Religious Right shooting themselves in the foot.

“A group of Pagans in Albemarle County, Va., was recently given permission to advertise their multi-cultural holiday program to public school children – and they have the Rev. Jerry Falwell to thank for it.”

It seems Falwell’s Liberty Counsel threatened an elementary school in Charlottesville with legal action if it didn’t allow two children to distribute Bible-school flyers to other students. This made the local school board change its policy allowing the distribution of religious materials. That was in September, come December some local Unitarian-Universalist Pagans decided to get into the act!

“Some local Pagans who attend Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, a Unitarian-Universalist congregation in Charlottesville, decided to take advantage of the new forum as well. They created a one-page flier advertising a Dec. 9 event celebrating the December holidays with a Pagan twist and used the backpack system to invite the entire school community…The flier invites people to ‘an educational program for children of all ages (and their adults), where we’ll explore the traditions of December and their origins, followed by a Pagan ritual to celebrate Yule.'”

This caused much upset with the local Christians, but they only have their old pal the Rev. Jerry Falwell to blame. A perfect example of how the strategies of the Religious Right won’t always benefit them in a multicultural society. I hope the UU holiday party gets a good turn-out!

Jason Pitzl-Waters