Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

The Reason For The Seaon Just Got Strange

There are two schools of thought for why Christmas and Easter fall when they do.  The first is that Christians were trying to co-opt the dates of Pagan holidays and subvert other religions (given the descriptions of the shephards in field, Jesus most likely wasn't born in the winter season).  The other is a bunch of obscure explanation that only heads who accept faith as fact will accept (read that:  most of the world will think it's bogus).  There is reason to believe either thought, that the Pagan holidays were muscled in on or it was simply a decision made and as Christianity grew, it unintentionally shoved the competition out of the way.

Which brings us to a new made-up holiday that definitely fits in the former camp:  Jesusween.

Holidays that celebrate the passing of the dead are in ALL cultures and religions.  Halloween, the Celtic festival of Samhein, is ostensibly a harvest festival.  In the Christian religion, it is the first of three days, thanks to Pope Gregory III. October 31 is Halloween (all Hallows Eve, to celebrate hallowed saints), when the evil spirits rise up and roam the earth.  All Saints' Day, the saints turn up like the Superfriends and chase them off.  All Souls' Day follows, when the restless spirits finally go down and are at peace.

Obviously, modern Halloween has zilch to do with either of those.  Halloween is about costumes and candy and parties for kids with bargain basement Hi-C and store bought cookies because the recipe looked to complicated while adults where costumes that destroy childhood memories in places that look like cheap versions of Elvira's TV set.  As such, speaking as a Christian, I never saw a problem with Halloween.  It's people having fun, and as long as they aren't sacrificing small animals on my lawn (as opposed to on their own lawns.  Hey, it's your property, have at it).  But that doesn't stop some of your fundamentalist Christians from bitching up a storm about a celebration of the occult.

So they've decided to double Christianize this one Pagan holiday by doing things that make it sound like a rejected SNL sketch.  It was supposedly founded by a Pastor Paul in 2002 who decided to give pocket Bibles to trick or treaters instead of candy.  Odds that his house was egged or TP'ed?  Even money.  He says he gave away 40 Bibles that day.  (Don't look at me, I give comic books.  As Peter David says, "Rot kids brains, not their teeth").  Apparently, not a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon, as their "testimonials" page is now 404.

Look, it's very simple.  You don't like Pagan holidays?  Don't celebrate them.  Trying to corrupt them (that IS what this boils down to) under the guise of saving people only makes you look like an intolerant asshole.  Especially something that few people actually celebrate as they are supposed to, Christian or not.  Let everyone have their fun, will ya?
Tags: destroying childhood memories, don't try this at home, haven't we suffered enough, history, infernal gall, lord hear our prayer, my little pony friendship is magic, religion, stupidity, wtf
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