Each year Halloween sends many far right Christians completely over the edge - not that many of them aren't already there - and they begin to spout all kinds of lunacy and seek to prevent their children from being exposed to "paganism" and devil worship that they see lurking behind the otherwise fun holiday. It definitely demonstrates just how untethered from objective reality these folks can be and would almost be funny but for the fact that these people are on the loose, vote, are raising children, etc.
Of course, some of the leading Christianist demagogues always feel compelled to get in on the act, including our constant local embarrassment, Pat Robertson, and his fellow loons at CBN who had been promoting a crazy article by one Kimberly Daniels that appeared in Charisma Magazine. Apparently the link on CBN's website has been disabled since Huffington Post and others spotted the lunacy. Naturally, Daddy Dobson's Focus on the Family likewise has articles on how to avoid the paganism of the dangerous day.
Here are some highlights from Ms. Daniels' unhinged article:
The word "holiday" means "holy day." But there is nothing holy about Halloween. The root word of Halloween is "hallow," which means "holy, consecrated and set apart for service." If this holiday is hallowed, whose service is it set apart for? The answer to that question is very easy--Lucifer's! Lucifer is a part of the demonic godhead. Remember, everything God has, the devil has a counterfeit. Halloween is a counterfeit holy day that is dedicated to celebrating the demonic trinity of : the Luciferian Spirit (the false father); the Antichrist Spirit (the false holy spirit); and the Spirit of Belial (the false son). The key word in discussing Halloween is "dedicated." It is dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season. During Halloween, time-released curses are always loosed. A time-released curse is a period that has been set aside to release demonic activity and to ensnare souls in great measure.
I do not buy candy during the Halloween season. Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference. Even the colors of Halloween (orange, brown and dark red) are dedicated. These colors are connected to the fall equinox, which is around the 20th or 21st of September each year and is sometimes called "Mabon." During this season witches are celebrating the changing of the seasons from summer to fall. They give praise to the gods for the demonic harvest. They pray to the gods of the elements (air, fire, water and earth).
Halloween is much more than a holiday filled with fun and tricks or treats. It is a time for the gathering of evil that masquerades behind the fictitious characters of Dracula, werewolves, mummies and witches on brooms. The truth is that these demons that have been presented as scary cartoons actually exist. I have prayed for witches who are addicted to drinking blood and howling at the moon.
The danger of Halloween is not in the scary things we see but in the secret, wicked, cruel activities that go on behind the scenes. These activities include:
- Sex with demons
- Orgies between animals and humans
- Animal and human sacrifices
- Sacrificing babies to shed innocent blood
- Rape and molestation of adults, children and babies
- Revel nights
- Conjuring of demons and casting of spells
- Release of "time-released" curses against the innocent and the ignorant.
What's truly frightening is that it is people like Ms. Daniels, Pat Robertson and James Dobson that have been knowingly courted by the GOP and who now control that political party. These folks need some serious mental health counseling and some strong medications to boot.