Friday, August 24, 2007

Only two more weeks of ignorant religiosity

So, a lady comes into the store today and asks for some wooden blocks that have "I love Jesus" written on them. We sold the aforementioned product, around Easter. Currently in the same spot are small, plastic molded Jack-O-Lanterns. So when I explained to the lady, that yes they used to be there, but that was back in Easter and if it had still been there would have been packed up anyway, because everything is being moved for our Halloween stock, she replies, "Yes to make room for this satanic stuff." Now, I am sorry, but how are small plastic molded Jack-O-Lanterns satanic? How is Halloween satanic?

A quote from Wikipedia: "Some Christian churches commonly offer a fall festival or harvest-themed alternative to Halloween. Most Christians ascribe no significance to Halloween, treating it as a purely secular entity devoted to celebrating "imaginary spooks" and handing out candy. Halloween celebrations are common among Catholic parochial schools throughout North America, and in Ireland, the Catholic Church sees it as a "harmless ancient custom."[cite this quote] Father Gabriele Amorth, a Vatican-appointed exorcist in Rome, has said, "[I]f English and American children like to dress up as witches and devils on one night of the year that is not a problem. If it is just a game, there is no harm in that."[31] Most Christians hold the view that the tradition is far from being "satanic" in origin or practice and that it holds no threat to the spiritual lives of children: being taught about death and mortality, and the ways of the Celtic ancestors actually being a valuable life lesson and a part of many of their parishioners' heritage.[30] A response among some fundamentalists in recent years has been the use of Hell houses or themed pamphlets (such as those of Jack T. Chick) which attempt to make use of Halloween as an opportunity for evangelism.[32] Some consider Halloween to be completely incompatible with the Christian faith, due to "its preoccupation with the occult in symbols, masks and costumes," its origin as a Pagan "festival of the dead", and the fact that it is also observed, albeit in a non-traditional form, by Satanists. In more recent years, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has organised a "Saint Fest" on the holiday.[32]"

So anyway, this lady was obviously confused and a little ignorant, but I would expect no more from the religious zealots in Tyler Texas.

I don't know, my two cents. Now I am glad I have only two weeks left. YAY!!