Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Every year, around this time, the crazies come out. No, I'm not talking about the people dressed as ghosts, witches and pirates, I'm talking about the fervent religious believers out to 'educate' us about the evil nature of Halloween and its festivities.
So, here's my brief rant against these ridiculous ideas.
Often, the person writing the article claims to be an ex high priest or priestess of some satanic church. They've been saved somewhere along the way and it's now their mission to put a stop to Halloween
These articles would be quite laughable if not for the fact that so many people blindly buy into the 'facts' presented.
Honestly, I wish these people would educate themselves in terms of both history and religion. The reality of Satanism is that it is a fairly modern creation, gaining most of it's attention in the 1960s with the advent of the official 'Church of Satan' created by showman Anton LaVey. LaVey was outrageous and basically created anti-versions of Christian rites. He sprinkled in a bit of witchcraft, upside down crosses and lots of nudity. It became a fad and a way to rebel against the structured church. Satanist aren't Mormons, and pagans aren't Satanist.
You'll find that many of our modern Halloween traditions have direct links to early Celtic ideas and practices. From masks to jack o'lanterns it's all there. I won't go into the full history here though. Rather, I encourage you to research it and educate yourself. Maybe it will set an example for all the experts out there who are attempting to educate us.
In the mean time, Happy Halloween!!