TOWAMENCIN TWP., Pa. - October 9, 2013 (WPVI) -- A decision to cancel Halloween celebrations at an elementary school in Montgomery County is stirring controversy among some parents.
Parents received a letter Tuesday from the principal at Inglewood Elementary School.
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It reads in part:
"Some holidays, like Halloween, that some see as secular, are viewed by others as having religious overtones. The district must always be mindful of the sensitivity of all the members of the community with regard to holidays and celebrations of a religious, cultural or secular nature. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that school districts may not endorse, prefer, favor, promote or advance any religious beliefs...."
Let's see if I can figure this out. Lots of zombies and ghosts at Halloween, which means the formerly alive and those returned form the dead. I guess that makes a positive statement about the existence of an afterlife, therefore the holiday has religious overtones. OK, I get it.