Pennsylvania boy sues school for banning Jesus Halloween costume

A 10-year-old boy who said he was not allowed to wear a Jesus costume during his school’s Halloween activities sued the district, alleging his religious and free-speech rights were violated.

At first I thought that the stunt was an attempt on the part of the family to make fun of Christianity by suggesting that a Jesus costume is appropriate for Halloween. It transpires that the family were attempting to subvert Halloween rather than Christianity.

The free speech argument seems sound, despite the US law which forbids the promotion of religion in US schools, as no-one in their right mind is going to be converted by a fake Jesus on Halloween! The district official more or less says that they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place on this issue. Given that the main reason for the boy wanting to wear the costume is to not get picked on for not wearing a costume, I think his mother had very much misjudged the stituation. That’s the way to teenage acceptance – dress up as Jesus!

Whatever the motivation, it seems like an odd thing to do. I still find it very amusing that many Spanish men are named Jesus. Occasionally I have to email Jesus in the course of my work. “Dear Jesus, please can you send me the requirements for …” Hilarious!

What happens to Mexican children called Jesus in the US? Do they have to answer to Jack Skellington in the register?

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~ by bouncysteve on 27 February, 2007.

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