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President Hugo Chavez cautioned Venezuelan parents to protect their children from Halloween with a spooky warning that the US tradition is rooted in "terrorism."
"What they have implanted here, which is really a 'gringo' custom, is terrorism," Chavez said, quoted in the local press. "They disguise children as witches and wizards, that is contrary to our culture."
Chavez often lashes out at the US government, which he has described as "terrorist" and accused of plotting his assassination. But this time his warnings were directed at the American celebration that combines costumes and candy.
He issued "an appeal for reflection by parents" not to encourage their children to dress up for the holiday.
His comments came after authorities in Caracas recently seized pumpkins, cardboard skeleton costumes and other traditional Halloween items inscribed with anti-Chavez messages.
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
I can't find any reference to it beyond 'the usual' suspects.
By the way you'll also find plenty of so-called 'Christian' fundamentalists (even American ones) who regularly rant and rave against Halloween (and Harry Potter etc etc) as a subtle but definite and real satanic influence polluting young impressionable kids and drawing them to 'the dark side/forces etc
But I don't see you putting up threads about any of that deltaboy.
.....and what's this business about "authorities in Caracas recently seized pumpkins, cardboard skeleton costumes and other traditional Halloween items inscribed with anti-Chavez messages."?
Has Halloween been hijacked by the political opposition trying to use the kids there in Venezuela?
Originally posted by deltaboy
i dont know if i should get myself in religious things like Chritians criticize Harry Potter stuff. instead its about Chavez linking Halloween to the U.S. terrorism.
as i say im not interested with Christian fundamentalists with Harry Potter.
maybe just one snip of a anti Chavez of ani kind and he responds quickly to contain ani attempts of a new coup. even Halloween.
Originally posted by CHANGELING
Equating Halloween to terrorism, any terrorsim just makes no sense.
And as for the religious fanatics in the US...well they are no threat nor should they considered one. Don't mix apples with oranges.
he confiscated the Halloween decorations that had anti-Chavez messages on or in them. That is all!
So basically the children loose.
NOT a great way to win hearts and minds....
If you don't eat your meat, how can you have any pudding, how can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat
Originally posted by FredT
but Halloween I take it you never went trick or treating?