ATHEISTS, HALLOWEEN and SEPARATION
Is your old Richard Nixon mask really an invitation
to Satanism and new age belief?
October 29, 2020
For many, it conjurs childhood memories of dressing up in garish costumes,
and prowling the neighborhood in search of candy and other goodies. Halloween
has also become a time of celebration for serious partying by adults as well.
The International Mass Retail Association says that 32% of adults will be
dressing up for Halloween this year, slightly behind the 36% of children who
participate. And for retailers, the season distinguished by orange also
produces a good deal of green; last year, sales and advertising of Halloween
related items soared past the $2.5 billion mark.
Like Christmas, the origins of Halloween are rooted in religious belief. Our
modern culture has thoroughly secularized the holiday, of course. Or has it?
Fundamentalist Christians express concerns that Halloween is a “satanic”
or pagan celebration, and that youngsters may be seduced into new age beliefs.
Churches and religious youth groups in past years have sponsored so-called
“Hell Houses” during the Halloween season, morbid displays allegedly showing
the ills of a godless society -- abortion, rape, murder, drug use. There
appears to be a significant reduction in “Hell Houses” this year, however,
perhaps due to the complaints of parents who found them to be deceptive
vehicles for religious proselytizing.