You're probably thinking that sounds like lots of fun, that it sounds like the perfect event for families to enjoy. You might even be thinking that, in a city that has unfortunately had its share of sectarian conflict, it's exactly the kind of event that all communities can get behind and have a good time.
But sadly, if you're thinking any of those things, you are in fact evil. Because Rev Jonathan Campbell of Newbuildings Independent Methodist Church in Derry says that the seemingly harmless celebrations "make evil look innocent". So Rev Campbell has launched an online petition against the carnival, on the grounds that Hallowe'en is "one of the two major days for Satanists" and "God's word clearly condemns and warns people about celebrating or glorifying Hallowe'en or the occult" (is Hallowe'en mentioned in the Bible?). The wording of the petition will, of course, explain all:
"In light of the warnings of scripture, we call upon [Derry City Council] to scrap the Carnival. It makes evil look innocent and glorifies that which the word of God strongly condemns. It encourages people to get involved in Satanism and brings a curse upon the city. Families are encouraged to be a part of the carnival. Little children are being led astray. We have heard reports of people having sex openly in the streets during and after the parade. These are the reasons why we cannot stand by and do nothing. As old Luther once said - 'Here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God.'"If Rev Campbell fails in his mission to ban the residents of Derry from having some Hallowe'en fun, he can at least console himself with the fact that his actions have earned him a nomination for our coveted Bad Faith Award – a reader, Sid, left a comment on our nomination post earlier, so the Reverend will be in contention when voting commences later this year. We wish him the best of luck.
You can still get your nominations in for the Bad Faith Awards - leave a comment on this post.