Friday, 16 October 2009

Look, no, really, Hallowe'en IS evil...

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Okay, so first we had a Methodist minister in Derry trying to have the city's annual Hallowe'en carnival banned and now we have this – a monthly magazine published by nine churches in Leicestershire this month includes a letter warning parents of the dangers of allowing their children to participate in any 31 October festivities. The letter, "Halloween Isn't a Treat - Don't be Tricked" concludes that "Celebrating Halloween means we are siding along with the Devil and all his works."

Suffice to say, some residents in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire, (presumably those who are managing to contain their laughter) are a little offended by this, but the magazine's editor has defended the message:
"The letter was written by a member of a local Christian group. It had been approved by a team vicar before being published and if people didn't like then that is their opinion. It is a warning that Halloween can be dangerous. It is a slippery slope and it opens doors for sinister things.''


Joe Hayhurst said...

And to think, ever since I've been an adult, I've been dismissing about Halloween being a overly commercial American re-import which has no relevance in this day and age. Suddenly the Christians have made it sound like a whole lot of fun again!

Trick or treat anyone?

Reverend said...

There is a counter-petition here :

On the grounds that Mr. Campbell’s petition is illegal under Article 9 of the Human Rights Act 1998. The Word of God is not enforceable under UK law, but thankfully the Human Rights Act is.

Reverend said...

Apologies, the link got truncated - last part should of course read "index.html"

silvertiger said...

I seems to me that history shows how belief in religion is also a "slippery slope" that "opens doors for sinister things".

It's a case of seeing the mote in the other's eye and not the beam in one's own.

Still, it's good that they have been tempted to acknowledge their superstitious beliefs in public.

Anonymous said...

Hi there

as responsible parents we tell our kids not to talk to strangers and to have respect for the elderly. So how does saying to kids it's OK to go knocking on strangers doors on Oct 31st stack up? My elderly gran had her front door egged when she refused to answer it to teenagers last October 31st. Sorry. Celebrate the light side of life by all means and have a party but leave dressing up as nightmare characters out of it

1minionsopinion said...

I went to a Samhain bonfire last year. I'll have to see if my friend is doing that again this season. It was a small group, but she served up mummy wrapped hotdogs and other spooky treats for all of us. It was a fun night.

Fedupofbeingtoldtostophavingfun said...

Well Anonymous, I'd suggest that teaching a respectful knocking on doors not only helps build a healthy respect for strangers (the elderly included), but might also help turn some of those strangers into "nice members of the local community" which is so missing in our generally crap society. My elderly gran had her message boards spammed when she refused to respond to anonymous posters last October 31st and we all know how all anonymous posters will all act the same and hold the same values, so nah nah to you.

Anonymous said...

My child's nursery has just informed me that they will be holding an "orange and black party" and have decided to omit the word Hallowe'en from the proceedings.

I hit the roof, complained to the management who are only too keen to celebrate Eid, or Diwali, or Passover, so why the ban on Hallowe'en?

I was told that it is "paganistic" (bearing in mind the management of a nursery school might not be au fait with the English language) and was generally given pithy excuses and told that many nursery schools have adopted the same stance.

So I fully intend to dress my daughter in a bright orange t-shirt that reads HAPPY HALLOWEEN and ensures that her right to celebrate is not impeded by daft PC whims from a tiny minority of hysterical idiots.

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