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Monday, October 18, 2004

Black Sabbath

Regardless of what those in the reality-based community might say about Halloween's theological insignificance, there are many good Christian people who believe it to be nothing less than a celebration of all that is evil. As the fine God-fearing Jezebel once put it, "Halloween is Satan's Night." It's a night when children are encouraged to dress up like demons, spirits, and even the Deceiver himself; it's a night when kids are sent out to ask for handouts as if they are poor and therefore unloved by God.

This year, Halloween poses a greater threat than ever before. Not only does it occur within days of the ultimate battle between good and evil where the demonic Kerry may very well destroy Our Leader, it also falls on the Sabbath. Are these not signs that the trumpets of the Book of Revelation are on the verge of sounding the apocalypse?

God-fearing people all over the South are pleading with their city officials to have the holiday moved to Saturday. Unfortunately, most of their efforts have come to naught.

MSNBC has more:

Across the Bible Belt this Halloween, some little ghosts and goblins might get shooed away by the neighbors _ and some youngsters will not be allowed to go trick-or-treating at all _ because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year.

"It's a day for the good Lord, not for the devil," said Barbara Braswell, who plans to send her 4-year-old granddaughter Maliyah out trick-or-treating in a princess costume on Saturday instead.


It is an especially sensitive issue for authorities in the Bible Belt across the South.

"You just don't do it on Sunday," said Sandra Hulsey of Greenville, Ga. "That's Christ's day. You go to church on Sunday, you don't go out and celebrate the devil. That'll confuse a child."

In Newnan, a suburb south of Atlanta, the City Council decided to go ahead with trick-or-treating on Sunday. In 1999, the last time Oct. 31 fell on a Sunday, the city moved up trick-or-treating to Saturday, which brought howls of protest.

"We don't need to confuse people with this," Councilman George Alexander said.

In Vestavia Hills, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham, a furor erupts every time Halloween falls on Sunday. Local officials decided not to take a stand this time.

"About 15 years ago, we decided to have Halloween on Saturday instead. People went crazy. We said, `Never again,'" recalled Starr Burbic, longtime secretary to the mayor. "It messed everybody up to move Halloween. Some people don't like having it on a Sunday, but we just couldn't find a way to make everyone happy."

Thanks to reader iocaste for the tip.

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