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The existence of Hallowmas in the early American colonies depended on the religious fabric of each emerging colony. Whereas Maryland and Virginia were settled by Catholic and Church of England followers who imported Hallowmas symbols and feasts of the Old World, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, New Hampshire, and Connecticut were populated by rigid Puritans who viewed the Catholic and pagan overtones of Hallowmas as anathema to Puritan philosophy (Bannatyne 1990). Ironically, while the Puritans felt praying for the souls of the already predestined dead was redundant, they held a fascination of witchcraft and divination, and their witch-hunting zeal forever established one of Halloween’s most enduring symbols. In addition, Puritan New England practiced other remnants of Hallowmas such as fortune-telling games (predicting future spouses) and the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day (Rogers 2002).
The American Revolution created a society more tolerant of religious diversity and, consequently, Halloween celebrations became increasingly secular and centered in the community rather than churches (Bannatyne 1990).
originally posted by: grandmakdw
"MILFORD, Conn. – A Connecticut school district is banning Halloween in an effort to be inclusive.
Victoria Johannsen, a mother of a third-grader at Live Oaks School in Milford Public Schools, says she received a letter stating the school’s decision to no longer recognize Halloween “arose out of numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc.,” the Connecticut Post reports.
The school is discontinuing a popular costume parade, banning students and staff from wearing costumes on the day and is rebranding Oct. 31st to be “fall themed.”
And if that’s not bad enough, Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules are impacting the lack of fun: “food is not an option” for classroom activities, according to the school’s letter."
Well, I suppose we should have seen this coming.
After all Halloween has several religious basis.
1. Christian (All Saints Day) - must be banned for that connection for sure
2. Pagan religious holiday
(Yes, there are modern Pagans who are still active)
Satanists and Wiccans for the most part have declared
Halloween a Christian and Pagan based religious
Yep, we must be inclusive and fair to all,
all religious holidays must be banned from
all public arenas.
That is the modern politically correct way!
originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: SprocketUK
See you're happy to celebrate an attempt to blow up our parliament - Good man there.
Contrary to you I love halloween its an excuse for a damn good party and laugh - does it really matter that some kiddies get extra sweets which they love, my Grandaughter loves dressing up and enjoying it, she's only 5 and has photos for the last 3 years. I am pagan so its an important date for us, (although my granddaughter will choose her own beliefs when she is older).
originally posted by: Lucid Lunacy
a reply to: awareness10
Are you looking for the term antitheism.? It seems like you are, yet... religion is precisely what it's against.
originally posted by: awareness10
a reply to: Gryphon66
I personally wouldn't have believed half anything they said as, most of what they did they did in private. Openly however they may have appeared 'shocked and awe'd' for public purposes. If they did come back saying 'what the hell are you doing' it's quite 'possible' they were angered by the fact that their evil plans were'nt going as planned nor as quickly? I really cannot say, can you?