4 thoughts on “The Controversy Of Halloween

  • November 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Many of the popular customs associated with Halloween are actually expressions of popular piety rooted in Catholicism. The religious right’s suspicion of Halloween is historically rooted in anti-Catholic sentiments against ideas such as saints and praying for the souls of the dead. For Catholic, who believe in infant baptism, Halloween is a popular, cultural expression of the belief that Christ’s victory over evil is so complete that even the smallest child should feel free to mock the devil.

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    • November 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      That is a very informative and interesting insight, thank you for sharing.

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  • November 3, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Truly wish we could get “sides” out of our daily discussions and historical references. I am pretty sure there were people on both the Left and Right that participated in the slavery trade and the take over of the North American Continent. As for Wars, again – it is not a Left/Right thing, it is a manipulation of human psyche – making one side “evil” vs. “righteous”. I don’t think many of the despots of history were “right wingers”. We pray for and wish for Peace as our common humanitarian ambition – but war, divisive politics and blame are our norm. I liked the article until you went one-sided political. What can you do as an author to mend the divide, bring people together instead of continuing the “norm”. Use your power of the pen (keyboard) for good – not evil.

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    • November 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      While left versus right is certainly not a ‘good’ versus ‘evil’ depiction, each side has positions. Since you raised the point, exactly who is manipulating the human psyche and for what ends? The answer to that question reveals a lot about the world we live in. In this particular article I was trying to expose the hypocrisy of the largest group who opposes Halloween. Painting with a broad brush I was condemning historical practices which have negative ramifications on our society today. I tried to trivialize the objections of ‘Halloween’ in comparison to much more fundamental problems. To bring people together we must be honest and truthful about the past.

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