To: Sir Francis Dashwood
I was in a convenience store on haloween night to buy a Coke and when I came up short the arab at the till let me take it citing a holiday and that it was an occasion for generosity. I mentioned haloween. He fired back " No, our holiday" he went on to explain rather confusingly that Oct. 31 was the birthday of Mohammed's son who will return someday, apparently along with Jesus, to restore peace and God's kingdom on the earth.
Possibly I misunderstood the part about Mohammed's son, but I was able to gather it was a rather important day in Islam.
Conclusion: It is a night of ghosts, gobblins, witches, demons, Islam and dead Catholics, an eclectic mix indeed. To me at least, plenty of good reasons not to celebrate it.
Do you likewise know what Christmas is about? Satan Claus all dressed in red setting everyone up for a day of greed, lust, drunkeness and gluttoney? The pagan earth worship of a tree with cheap tinsel trinkets?
Like I said, I am an atheist and I marvel at the state of denial associated with such inquiry even among other atheists. Roy Masters, despite his obvious spiritual leanings is correct when he asserts these things have meanings.
Conclusion: It is a night of ghosts, gobblins, witches, demons, Islam and dead Catholics, an eclectic mix indeed.
Don't forget Reformation Day
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