Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



White Pages

[Show all]


Views: 1,659,962


Year: 2002 ...

The WitchVox List of Resources for the Environment


Year: 2000 ...

Education and the Pagan Child

We Pray Too: A Report From The Bible Belt

You Call It Groundhog Day, We Call It Imbolc (print version)

FAQ's of Witchcraft in Spanish (Print Version)


Year: 1999 ...

Pagans and Non-Profits (creating them with care)

Care And Feeding Of Your Local Journalist


Year: 1998 ...

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody - An Overview

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody Support Links

You Call It Easter, We Call It Ostara (print version)

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody - Kendall vs. Kendall

Legal Aid Links

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody - State Decisions

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody - Making Your Case

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody In Court

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody Wren Story

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody - Federal Decisions

RFRA Passes in Florida

RFRA Passes in Connecticut

RFRA Passes in Rhode Island


Year: 1997 ...

Supreme Court Decissiins - Prayer in Schools

You Call It Hallowe'en... We Call It Samhain (print version)

FAQ's of Witchcraft (Print Version)

Wearing a Pentacle in School

Samhain and The Dress Code

You Call it Christmas, We Call it Yule (print version)

The Equal Access Act: YOUR rights as a student

Sample: Parental Permission Slip

Know Your Legal Rights

A letter to your local Elementary Schools

Samhain Press Kit

Canada - Charter of Rights & Freedoms

Canada - Freedom of Religion

School Official Reactions Due To An "Occult" Scare.

How to talk about the Radical Right

How to talk to the Media or, How to Get Your Local Rag to Take Your Religion Seriously

A letter to your local Police

The Ballard Case (1944)

Merchants Letter

Media Petition


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.












Article Specs

Article ID: 2047

VoxAcct: 1

Section: white

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 6,216

Times Read: 31,955

Samhain and The Dress Code

Author: Wren
Posted: October 15th. 1997
Times Viewed: 31,955

Dear School Administrator,

This letter is in response to a request (optional: insert name here). We have been asked to comment on a request that a student enrolled in your school be permitted to wear black clothing for the religious observance of Samhain on October 31st.

Samhain is one of the most significant holidays in the Wiccan or Witch calendar. The traditional wearing of black ( sometimes combined with white and orange ) is a long established custom in our religion. Black signifies our remembrance of loved ones who have passed over into the Otherworld. It can be compared with the mourning clothes of bereaved persons or the wearing of arm bands to commemorate a tragedy. There is no negative symbolism connected with the wearing of black clothing. It is simply a expression of respect in the tradition of (insert name of your tradition, path, etc.).

We understand that many schools have adopted dress codes to reduce problems related to popular styles and gang affiliations. However, since this is a nation of diverse beliefs, we feel that some leeway should be also allowed for those who express strong religious conviction. To be forced to choose between one's deeply held beliefs or the disciplinary action connected with non-compliance of the school dress code is a difficult position in which to place a child.

A case by case review, while certainly time consuming for the administrative staff, is still the best process in a democratic society. The Equal Access Act, in fact, requires that religious beliefs be accommodated in the school system. (A copy of the EAA is enclosed.)

"The First Amendment imposes two basic and equally important obligations on public school officials in their dealings with religion. First, schools may not forbid students acting on their own from expressing their personal religious views or beliefs solely because they are of a religious nature. Schools may not discriminate against private religious expression by students, but must instead give students the same right to engage in religious activity and discussion as they have to engage in other comparable activity."

I hope that you will seriously reconsider your position on the matter of granting an exception (optional insert: for name of student) on this most important holiday.

Sincerely Yours,
(signed)

encl: The Equal Access Act
Know Your Legal Rights
F.A.Q's of Witchcraft

cc.
Superintendent of Schools
U.S. Dept. of Education
State Attorney General

Important Note: The Witches' Voice Inc. does not offer legal advice nor are we qualified to do so. This document does not constitute legal advice but is intended to be used in conjunction with the legal services of an attorney licensed to practice in your state. This document can be copied and distributed to your lawyer should you decide that you need the services of one.




ABOUT...

Wren


Location: Tampa, Florida




Other Articles: Wren has posted 318 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Wren... (No, I have NOT opted to receive Pagan Invites! Please do NOT send me anonymous invites to groups, sales and events.)

To send a private message to Wren ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2014










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).