Jesse Walker, writing for Reason’s Web site, on bureaucratic attempts to stifle Halloween and such:
I can appreciate their dilemma. As long as the government’s schools are monopolies capable of compelling attendance, they have to respect the many worldviews of the children that attend them. In a country as diverse as this one, it isn’t always obvious where the line lies between making minorities comfortable and acting like a goddamn jackass. The typical bureaucrat prefers to err on the side of jackassery.
And almost invariably does.