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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:28 PM
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It will soon be that time of year again: the Christian Right's War on Halloween
And that would not be complete without Hell House productions to scare people into accepting Jesus Christ! Hell House will scare the devil out of the people who walk through it. They we see a woman having an abortion, a gay man dying of AIDS, a liberal schoolteacher teaching about evolution in the classroom, two gay men marrying, high school kids smoking marijuana, and more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6345UyRxtpg (see part I)
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Tom Ripley Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:32 PM
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1. I find it hilarious that fundies now have Fall Festivals instead of Halloween
I assume that most of them are too stupid to realize that in doing so, they are returning to the "ungodly" pagan roots of the holiday.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 09:36 PM
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2. Give'em a break. Halloween is the only holiday the Christians haven't stolen - yet.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 12:14 PM
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25. The Catholics did
what we have today is adapted from Catholics trying to attract pagans in the past. It is around All Saints Day.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:08 PM
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5. "Trunk or Treat" !It's pretty humorous.
My kids wanted to go to a church "Trunk or Treat" carnival one year. We went- dressed as a witch, a skeleton,a zombie and a vampire.Went over REAL well .... hehe.
It's halloween, for crying out loud!
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:11 PM
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14. Halloween costumes should be scary.
I'm with you.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:14 PM
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8. I agree. My wife's church celebrates "Harvest Festivals" every year on October 31st.
I can't think of ANYTHING that sounds as pagan as "Harvest Festival"! :rofl:
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Tom Ripley Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:06 PM
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13. I can't believe that are they not turning their ire on Nesle, Hershey, M@Mars, Beer companies
Edited on Sun Sep-04-11 11:06 PM by Tom Ripley
Collegeville Costumes...

These are the true architect of contemporary Halloween culture.
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:14 PM
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9. I grew up in a fundamentalist church
Most Halloweens were spent at a "harvest festival", and the Mike Warnke "Halloween is Satanic" propaganda was in full swing.

I love handing candy out to the little kiddies now. Our home is also a Warnke and organized-religion-free zone.

:woohoo:
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 03:47 AM
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16. The fundie Hope Chapel about a half mile from me has a Harvest Festival
Edited on Mon Sep-05-11 03:49 AM by Raine
on Oct. 31 :rofl: "a rose by any other name" :silly: call it whatever ... it's still a Pagan Holiday that they're celebrating! :evilgrin:

edit: spelling
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lunasun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:01 PM
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3. Do not forget to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!!!
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:03 PM
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4. Do the fundies like anything?
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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:18 PM
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10. Judging, and finding thou wanting.
and hypocrisy. They don't claim to like it, but they keep doing it over and over and over.....
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JHB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:13 PM
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6. This is Halloween
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_zYrYkbrGY

Music: "This is Halloween" cover by Marilyn Manson
Video clips from anime "Soul Eater"
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Morning Dew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:39 PM
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12. Or The Shaggs
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blkmusclmachine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:14 PM
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7. Scandaous! Shocking! OMG OMG OMG
:evilgrin:
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:33 PM
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11. "Hallowe'en" = "Hallow's Evening" = night before All Saint's Day
Nobody seemed too excited about this when I was a kid: I really don't know when these folk started getting their knickers knotted over Hallowe'en

Maybe they could just recite the old prayer

From ghoulies and ghosties and fierce little beasties
and things that go bump in the night! Good Lord, deliver us!


and then sing a verse or two of Sine Nomine and move on

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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 12:31 AM
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15. Funny Halloween stories
Well, maybe not one of them.

One day a few days away from the dreaded day, I drove by a bus from the local Baptist church parked in my neighborhood on the way home from work. I was piddling around in the garage when one of the high schoolers they had canvassing houses came up and handed me a flier. It was for the church's, "Harvest Party." I asked the kid, "Why don't you call it Halloween?" The kid misheard me and proudly exclaimed (like I had complimented his church), "That's right, sir! We would NEVER call it Halloween." I was in one of my moods so I "lit" into him. "No," I replied," you don't understand. Why don't you call it Halloween? You're having a party consisting of treats, games like bobbing for apples, a bonfire (originally used to keep evil spirits away), hayrides, etc. This couldn't be more of a Halloween party even if Linus and the Great Pumpkin showed up. Halloween essentially means, 'All Hallow's Eve.' It's not a magical, evil word so why not just say you're having a Halloween Party?" The kid just looked at me then walked away.

I'm a balloon twister and magician so I get hired a lot in October by people and groups who call it Halloween, Harvest, Fall Festivals, etc. I enjoy talking to the non-Halloween-sayers especially from churches as I keep referring to it as Halloween. "So you're having a Halloween party? How many people will be at your Halloween party? Where will your Halloween party be at?" etc. It's fun to listen to them say, "The Harvest Party," with more and more emphasis.

We have a church in Tulsa called, "GUTS." I don't think it's an acronym; it's one of those churches that teaches that being a Jesus-loving Christian is a manly thing or something. They have a Hell House, which I've been meaning to go to for years. Finally did last year. Pretty well done, and I could see how it could affect some people badly, which of course is what they want. When you're done, you walk out of the building it was in into a huge tent that they've connected to the building, and there waiting are all the people waiting to preach to you. A girl in my group had gotten outside faster than the rest of us and was freaking out and was having a group minister to her. Two of them standing behind her shot each other a look that said, "We got one!" That kind of sickened me. A young hipster came up to me, and before he started, I told him, "If you can look me straight in the eye like an honest man should and tell me you think Jesus would approve of ministering to people like this, I'll let you give your spiel." He just lowered his eyes and let me pass. Good hot dogs at the concession stand though.

TlalocW
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Zebedeo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 10:52 AM
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17. Jesus did warn people of the horrors of hell
Edited on Mon Sep-05-11 10:52 AM by Zebedeo
Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Mat 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
Mat 13:41-42 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Luk 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
Luk 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 10:56 AM
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18. I bet there is a huge fight amongst the church youth to play the parts of the
high school students smoking pot.
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krabigirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 11:02 AM
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19. Fundies make me lol.
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Mr Deltoid Donating Member (694 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 11:13 AM
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20. Take this, fundies!!
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 11:26 AM
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21. They gotta fight a lot harder in their War on Halloween...
...than I do in the War on Xmas.

All I gotta do is say Season's Greetings in reply to Merry Xmas, and it's on!!!

In fact, just typing "Xmas" can get it going quite nicely...lol.
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ladyVet Donating Member (279 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 12:04 PM
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22. Ah, the first battle in the War on CHRISTmas!
:::rubs hands together and laughs evilly:::

Thank you, Jesus! Without your followers this would be a dull time of year.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 12:05 PM
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23. Counter their war on Halloween
by going to this like I did this summer. Don't take their idiocy seriously, enjoy life and enjoy Halloween.

:toast:
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 12:08 PM
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24. My school called our Halloween party a "Fall Harvest Party" so it wouldn't offend.
Edited on Mon Sep-05-11 12:08 PM by Lucian
:wtf:

Ok, so the Xtians bitched about Halloween and got the name change. But calling it a Fall Harvest Party reminded me of Samhain, which is deeply Pagan. It made me :rofl:.
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