Now if you ask me, pretty much any bus is Satan's school bus if it's in front of me when I'm trying to get somewhere. My kids ride the bus and I understand why each stop needs to be 10 minutes long, but in the throes of a commute I start wondering if the devil is real and if maybe he's inside those red blinking lights and dinky stop sign reflectors.
The outraged mom from Tennessee has chosen to remain anonymous, which seems like a pretty wise idea. Her hysteria is troll-bait. She snapped a picture of brake lights that appear to outline a wee glowing upside-down pentagram. Despite the absence of a goat or any trademarked imagery of the Church of Satan, this mom is crying about Satanists.
"Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged," she says.
Well. I'd argue that anyone who has a child in a public school system has plenty to be outraged or at least slightly outspoken about before worrying about abstract shapes in bus brake lights that only appear if you're being weird and staring at bus brake lights.
The mother likened this situation to Walgreens removing holiday wrapping paper that resembled swastika symbolism. In my opinion, that's an incredibly offensive comparison to make. The swastika is associated with the genocide of millions of people. The pentagram is associated with a handful of religions — including Pagan faiths with gentle beliefs.
Tennessee public schools are currently facing common core controversies, issues surrounding virtual education and controversy around teacher pay. Every one of these topics could use some energy and outrage from parents to get the ball rolling on solutions that benefit kids. Put the brakes on religious hysterics and focus on what children and teachers need to succeed.
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