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Harvey: Gays Like Halloween Because…Demons!

The utterly deranged Linda Harvey of Mission America went on her radio show and warned Christians about celebrating Halloween because “real contact with real demons is quite possible.” Oh, and gay people love the holiday because they’re demonic too.

Christians don’t need to cower in fear of the demonic realm and all its mischief, nor be overly pre-occupied, but neither are we to mock and scoff and cavalierly enter Satan’s territory dismissing the danger. We are especially not to enable our children to do so. Another reason for skipping Halloween is its growing influence. It’s now the second most popular American celebration right behind Christmas, what’s driving its magnetism? Spiritual deception on a grand scale may be at work and such trends call for heightened Christian discernment. We all can see it’s a huge celebration in the LGBT world, especially for the gender-confused folks. This illustrates some of the problem. The core of Halloween is glittering artificiality, you can pretend to be someone you aren’t for a night, you can flirt with danger, you can divine a different destiny, but it is all void of the presence of or will of God. It’s a seduction that says, ‘don’t be afraid, do whatever you want, there’s nothing to fear,’ it’s one of Satan’s oldest tricks.

Costume parties are fun but these costumes may even disguise our very souls. Most Christians with a sincere faith acknowledge that there is a demonic realm and that Satan and his minions are at work in the world to deceive humans, so why wouldn’t Halloween provide an extremely useful too. Mixed in with the fun and games are frightening and disturbing experiences that may leave some children with nightmares. Then there is the flirtation with occult practices that are forbidden in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 and elsewhere, Christians aren’t supposed to be consulting fortune tellers, Ouija boards or palm readers about our future but all are frequently a part of Halloween festivities. ‘But it’s just for fun,’ parents will say, ‘God understands my children are not serious.’ Really? Do your kids know how risky these practices are and that real contact with real demons is quite possible. Satan doesn’t care about our intentions; he will take any willing participant.

No candy for you!

Comments

  1. DaveL says

    real contact with real demons is quite possible.

    “Real”. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  2. raven says

    Oh that is right.

    It’s time for the fundie War on Halloween.

    Followed by the fundie War on the War on Xmas.

    And then their War on the War on Easter.

    Fundies have on odd way of observing holidays. They always involve wars on something. Whatever. Happy Holidays everyone.

    PS I wonder if Mars candy company will employ witches again this year to put a demon inside each candy bar. I can’t remember who said this, some fundie or another.

  3. says

    People who have been clearly and harmfully deluded by indoctrination of immoral bullshit acknowledge that there is a demonic realm and that Satan and his minions are at work in the world to deceive humans

    FTFH (Fixed That For Her).

  4. Michael Heath says

    Linda Harvey asserts:

    Most Christians with a sincere faith acknowledge that there is a demonic realm and that Satan and his minions are at work in the world to deceive humans . . .

    Here’s a 2009 Barna study which raises the question of Satan with Christians: http://goo.gl/SKt0Q

    They break-out ‘born agains’ but since they don’t provide the questions and parsed results, I’m not sure what to make of it and don’t have time to figure it out with the text alone (though it might only take seconds to do so). It appears Ms. Harvey may be right that her beliefs are shared with the so-called ‘born agains’ which she’s probably inaptly referring to as “sincere faith”.

  5. raven says

    ‘Demonic’ Halloween Candy – Huffington Post
    ww.huffingtonpost.com/…/christian-broadcasting-ne_n_338738.ht…

    29 Oct 2009 – Daniels specifically calls out candy as a source of soul-molestation: … have put together a handy guide of outrageously demonic candy to ….. Are these witches FULL TIME employees of M&M/Mars Candy Corp or are the part timers? ….. skulls corn autumn leaf bowl from portugal co rjdpdxsw 2 weeks ago …

    It was Kimberly Daniels.

    I’m sure Romney would call them job creators and then outsource the witch’s jobs to China.

    These people really do live in a demon haunted darkness. An imaginary one of their own invention.

  6. says

    But wait…I thought witches fought demons.

    At least they did on the TV show “Charmed”. The one that featured Alyssa Milano and all of her “charms”. I mean, she could throw fire-balls and stuff!

    Great incoherent fun.

  7. Ysidro says

    OMG! Mars is a pagan “god” and therefore a demon! It all makes sense!!!!! I bet M&M stands for Mars & Moloch (don’t tell me the other M is Murrie. That’s just a satanic lie!)

  8. Stevarious, Public Health Problem says

    It’s now the second most popular American celebration right behind Christmas, what’s driving its magnetism?

    Oooh, I know!

  9. a miasma of incandescent plasma says

    It’s now the second most popular American celebration right behind Christmas

    Citation fucking needed.

    I would wager that 4th of July and Thanksgiving are bigger US celebrations than Halloween OR x-mas. Since, you know, the only qualification to celebrate July 4th or Thanksgiving is that you’re an American.

    But I can’t be sure about that since I didn’t get a CITATION!

  10. lofgren says

    I’ve long found it curious that a core component of many fundigelicals’ faith is that you can accidentally worship a god or supernatural being without ever intending to do so.

    For example you can find fundies all over the internet railing against yoga because doing yoga – even a Christian doing yoga – means that they are worshipping demons (disguised as Hindu gods, of course).

    Or listening to rock and roll, even if it’s just because you like the beat, somehow makes you a satanist even if you’re totally pro-Jesus while listening to a Souza march.

    As a Dungeons and Dragons player, I have been told that playing RPGs is actually a form of demon worship (which inspires a rather adorable image of a black mass), even though I have never met a player who even believes in demons, let alone worships them.

    Similarly, there are many Christian denominations that hold that other decent people with a different faith are actually worshipping Jesus without knowing it. Because how else could they be decent people? Everybody knows that non-Jesus worshippers are invariably evil and depraved.

    Now, I am an atheist, so I guess my opinion on these things is worth less than nothing. But it seems peculiar to me that a god-fearing man becomes a devotee of Kali just by crossing his legs funny, or that pushing a plastic dwarf named Braddock around a gameboard is synonymous with sacrificing a virgin to the dark lord. I guess I just find the notion that one can inadvertently become a member of a religion that you consciously reject to be even more absurd than consciously joining that religion.

  11. dan4 says

    “…what’s driving its magnetism?”

    As a commentator on another website said in response to this part of Harvey’s column, free candy. Next question?

  12. Stevarious, Public Health Problem says

    I’ve long found it curious that a core component of many fundigelicals’ faith is that you can accidentally worship a god or supernatural being without ever intending to do so.

    I believe it has to do with an obsession with ceremony and symbolism. I once had a missionary tell me that if you recited the sinner’s prayer, you were saved, even if you said it in a language you did not know. While I doubt this is an opinion shared by most fundigelicals, when you believe words and actions performed in the real world can be magical incantations that have real effects in the ‘spiritual realm’, then anything could ‘accidentally’ be an incantation that empowers an evil demon.

    So if I have my D&D character say a prayer to Mielikki, the fictional Faerûnian goddess of rangers and druids, I am actually myself performing an incantation that bestows spiritual energy upon the demon Mielikki who posed as the Finnish goddess of forests and the hunt, making it more powerful. (Since, as you know, all pagan gods were actually demons posing as gods.)

    At least, that’s the theory baseless hypothesis silly idea.

  13. says

    lofgren “As a Dungeons and Dragons player, I have been told that playing RPGs is actually a form of demon worship (which inspires a rather adorable image of a black mass), even though I have never met a player who even believes in demons, let alone worships them.”
    Cheetos dust is Satan’s dandruff, and Jolt cola his spittle! Repent! Repent!

  14. jamessweet says

    It’s now the second most popular American celebration right behind Christmas

    Citation fucking needed.

    Unfortunately, I neither have citation, nor can I clearly remember the factoid… but IIRC, this is true by at least one metric. I want to say the metric has something to do with the amount of decorations put out, which would make a lot of sense. Or maybe it had something to do with retail spending…

    Anyway, I know I’m not really helping here… but I am pretty sure that, by at least one metric, she is correct.

  15. jamessweet says

    Yeah yeah, here’s something, although I’m not sure I’d call this a particularly reliable source, since it’s just an offhand mention in a Good Morning America story… but according to GMA in 2006, it’s the “second-biggest decorating holiday of the year”. Sounds at least plausible.

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Business/story?id=2617781&page=1#.UIGeksXA9OI

    What may also be causing the confusion is that there is a long-standing urban myth that it is the second biggest spending holiday, but this is not true. It’s actually more like 6th or 7th, depending on your source. Here’s Snopes:

    http://www.snopes.com/holidays/halloween/spending.asp

  16. Taz says

    The core of Halloween is glittering artificiality

    Thank god you don’t see any of that at Christmas.

  17. jamessweet says

    Here’s an article that, while perhaps being of questionable reliability, breaks it down. It claims that in 2003, consumers spent $586 million on Halloween decorations, which would put it just behind Christmas in that category. There was some $2 billion spent on candy, making it the undisputed king of holidays in that category.

    http://www.bsu.edu/news/article/0,1370,-1019-25035,00.html

    In terms of parties, it is still in 3rd place (New Year’s and Superbowl beat it out), and as I mentioned previously, in total retail spending it is fairly far back in the pack (gift-giving holidays, like Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, blow it out of the water).

  18. Larry says

    Jesus H. Christ, Harvey, lighten up. You must be a real popular guest at any parties you get invited to.

  19. says

    I suspect part of it is ‘this book says what is safe to do, therefore anything not in this book is dangerous’ and ‘I don’t like it. God tells me what to like. Therefor God doesn’t like it.’

  20. steve oberski says

    Spiritual deception on a grand scale may be at work …

    And sometimes those demons force you to blurt out the truth.

  21. flashbazzzbo says

    I could of swore,according to the history I’ve read on the origins of Halloween,that the wearing of masks kept demons AWAY.

  22. lofgren says

    Cheetos dust is Satan’s dandruff, and Jolt cola his spittle! Repent! Repent!

    Now that we are adults, we usually eat crackers with stinky cheese and red wine. I’m told that Jesus has a fondness for crackers and wine.

  23. Tony–Queer Duck Overlord of The Bronze– says

    richardelguru:

    I thought gays only liked it after the fundies tried to call it ‘Jesusween’ last year, presumably to remind themselves of Jesus’ weiner

    Ewww
    I’m going to pass on the Zombie penis… I prefer mine attached to a living adult human being.

  24. Tony–Queer Duck Overlord of The Bronze– says

    lofgren:

    Now that we are adults, we usually eat crackers with stinky cheese and red wine. I’m told that Jesus has a fondness for crackers and wine.

    The crackers are HIS body.
    The wine is HIS blood.
    What does that make the cheese?

    Toe jam?

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