Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Could It Be....SATAN?

With just 8,000 infants and children dying of malnutrition in Mexico every year, the Catholic Church has its eye on the ball:

Mexico's Roman Catholic church slammed Halloween as "damaging and against the faith" on Monday, as conservatives sought to stem celebration of the ghouls-and-goblins holiday and return to the country's traditional Day of the Dead....

"Those who celebrate Halloween are worshipping a culture of death that is the product of a mix of pagan customs," the Archdiocese of Mexico published in an article on its Web site Monday. "The worst thing is that this celebration has been identified with neo-pagans, Satanism and occult worship."

The archdiocese urged parents not to let their children wear Halloween costumes or go trick-or-treating — instead suggesting Sunday school classes to "teach them the negative things about Halloween," costume parties where children can dress up as Biblical characters, and candy bags complete with instructions to give friends a piece while telling them "God loves you."...

Meanwhile, the conservative Internet magazine "Yo Influyo," some of whose staff have ties to Mexico's governing National Action Party, called on teachers to "eradicate" Halloween and "defend our culture."...

Celebrating Halloween, he said, citing a church authority, is "like inviting Satan into your home.

Of course it is. It also attracts a lot of scantily-clad, unescorted children to your house looking for "candy," so you'd think there'd be more enthusiasm from the Archdiocese. It's worth noting that Halloween here is hardly the "Gay Christmas" it is at home, so they're objecting purely on grounds of witchcraft. Of course, America's batshit crazies take a backseat to no one on this issue.


'Eddie Willers' said...

So ancestor worship, believing that your dead relatives are actually still alive and shutting down the country for the day are to be preferred?

Burro Hall said...

I have to say, I'm kind of warming up to the Mexican take on Halloween. First of all, we are now in our fourth day of trick-or-treaters. I'm assuming this wraps up by Monday, but then again maybe not.

The best, though, is that they don't actually come knocking on the door. Instead, they come up to you in the street, or in public parks, or cafes, or stores, and hold out their little plastic pumpkin-shaped basket and ask for candy. The pumpkin is empty, of course, since no one walks around with the pockets loaded up with candy.

Actually, I can see why this goes on for more than just one night.