Essays, parenting

Pagan Kids Out in the World

There are reports of a boy in Georgia being bullied by his teacher for being Pagan.  This sort of thing is something I worry about from time to time when it comes to my children. Not just at school, but at doctors’ offices and therapy facilities, scouts and playgroups, in the hospitals we’ve stayed in and with the nurses Acorn had.

I like to think it won’t happen here – a small-ish city in the suburbs, not in the Bible belt (though there are about 4 dozen churches in town), which boasts about its diversity. A place with a mosque, a Hindu temple, several synagogues, and Christian churches of all flavors (and in a number of languages). A place where within 5 miles, I can find several Asian grocers, a couple of Indian ones, a Pakistani grocer, a Mexican grocer, a Polish market, and a couple of Halal (Muslim) butcher shops which also sell other imported goods. A strip mall up the road boasts an Italian deli, a Jewish bakery, and Middle Eastern, Thai, and Greek restaurants.

And yet… our newly elected mayor is making the news for posting anti-gay statements on facebook.

Kinda makes you wonder whether we’ll ever figure out how to all get along, doesn’t it?

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