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Worshipping False Gods

Over the weekend there was an article in the Boston Globe (on-line) from the Associated Press. Apparently, much of the south is in an uproar because Halloween falls on a Sunday. One brilliant woman was quoted as saying: “That’s Christ’s day. You go to church on Sunday, you don’t go out and celebrate the devil. That’ll confuse a child.”

Oh, yeah. That’s right. I remember from childhood that my Episcopalian family would worship God in the morning and then worship Satan in the evening. Because, of course, that’s what Halloween is all about to a 4 year old: Satan worship.

No, to a 4 year old Halloween is costumes and candy. Trust me, Mrs. Einstein from the south, your child will not be confused unless YOU confuse the child by spewing your propaganda at him/her. Go to church in the morning then allow the kid to eat his/her Good-n-Plenty’s in the evening and the world will be fine. Don’t project too much on the holiday.

Phew – now that that’s off my chest, I had a pretty good weekend. My niece was still hospitalized so, on Saturday, Matt and I agreed to babysit my other niece and nephew to provide my brother and his wife some well-deserved alone time (for at least a few hours). So, while the parents went to the movies, Matt and I brought Nick and Katie to our condo where they played with Dusty and then went for a walk to the park where they enjoyed the playground. They had a blast and especially loved the subway ride back to the hospital. After dropping them off, Matt and I went to a Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown and had a nice dinner.

On Sunday, I met my parents and the whole family spent the day together at the hospital. Well, sort of. After a while we went to Jacob Wirth’s for lunch (a 136 year old German restaurant near the hospital). Ironically, after we got there my Mom pointd out that she went there back in the 1960’s herself to celebrate one of my grandfather’s birthdays…and she said it hasn’t really changed since then.

And now it’s Monday and I’m back to work. And it’s a beautiful fall day – 49 degrees and sunny. This is my kind of day….minus being at work and having my niece in the hospital. OK – maybe it’s not my kind of day.



  1. Comment by Erica on October 18, 2004 11:38 am

    Gee, I imagine there have been quite a few times in past history when Halloween has fallen on a Sunday. In fact, I imagine it’s happen roughly 1/7 of the time. Where was the outrage beforehand?

    Hmm, something stinks of manufactured election-year hypocricy. What a shock.

  2. Comment by David on October 18, 2004 11:57 am


  3. Comment by jeff on October 18, 2004 3:17 pm

    I heard they actually have tried to cancel halloween before when it’s been on a Sunday down there – strange stuff.

    That restaurant is just down the street from my office and I’ve always wondered what it’s like…my curiousity has been peaked.

  4. Comment by Jay on October 19, 2004 2:47 pm

    I plan on celebrating Halloween by getting fucked up the ass while worhsipping Satan while attending an abortion and talking to liberals and libertarians. That should keep the Southern Baptists/Republicans away.

    Jeff, is right, people are trying to “cancel” Halloween this year. Fuckers. I may have Halloween on Easter and Christmas from now on just to piss them off.

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