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Is Halloween Harmless?
Good News Magazine ^ | 10/1/2010 | Jerold Aust

Posted on 10/30/2012 8:00:20 PM PDT by DouglasKC

Is Halloween Harmless?

article by Jerold Aust

Every year at Halloween, well-meaning parents dress their children in grotesque and ghoulish costumes. Is Halloween really harmless? Who and what's behind this bizarre holiday?

It all looks like so much fun and seems so harmless: jack-o'-lanterns, grotesque grinning masks, long black witch attire with pointed black hats, costumes painted like skeletons, outfits that represent demons and goblins, and children going door to door, soliciting treats from compliant neighbors.

But when Halloween comes around, do you find yourself yearning for the hours to pass until the whole trick-or-treat farce is over? If you don't, you should!

Halloween's not-so-fun side

Since when is it acceptable for little children to threaten to commit vandalism?

What happens if the homeowner doesn't come to the door or doesn't have the treats the kids might expect? Is it permissible for children to then soap his windows, toilet paper his trees, chalk mark his sidewalk or turn over plants as they leave? When is it okay for children to commit vandalism while on another person's property?

Isn't it about time for all well-meaning citizens to just say NO to Halloween?

The clergy, in general, hasn't stood against it. Some churches even have Halloween parties. Some citizens do speak up against it, as the letters to the editor in your newspaper occasionally show.

Is Halloween simply good, clean fun, or is it something else entirely? You need to know!

God is giving a wake-up call to professing Christians. As it was with those the prophet Elijah addressed in his day, so it is with us: "'How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.' But the people answered him not a word" (1 Kings 18:21
). What will it take for Christians to accept and stand for God's truth rather than harmful traditions that originated in paganism?

Where did Halloween originate?

Just where did Halloween come from, and why is it so widely celebrated?

The Encyclopedia of Religion explains: "Halloween is the name for the eve of Samhain, a celebration marking the beginning of winter as well as the first day of the New Year within the ancient Celtic culture of the British Isles. The time of Samhain consisted of the eve of the feast and the day itself (31 October and 1 November).

"On this occasion, it was believed that a gathering of supernatural forces occurred as during no other period of the year. The eve and day of Samhain were characterized as a time when the barriers between the human and supernatural worlds were broken. Otherworldly entities, such as the souls of the dead, were able to visit earthly inhabitants, and humans could take the opportunity to penetrate the domains of the gods and supernatural creatures.

"Fiery tributes and sacrifices of animals, crops, and possibly human beings were made to appease supernatural powers who controlled the fertility of the land . . . Samhain acknowledged the entire spectrum of nonhuman forces that roamed the earth during the period" (1987, pp. 176-177, "Halloween").

On this holiday "huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits . . . The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature" ( The Encyclopaedia Britannica , 15th edition, Micropaedia, Vol. 4, p. 862, "Halloween").

It was, bluntly put, a day devoted to appeasing demonic spirits and the dark side of the spirit world—something no Christian should have any part in (Ephesians 5:11
).

So how did this dark celebration continue into modern times? Sadly, Halloween came down to us from the Roman Catholic Church, which assigned a day of each year to each of their saints. When it reached the point that they had more than 365, they then combined them together on Nov. 1 and called it "All Saints Day" or "All Hallows Day"—the night before being "All Hallows Eve" or "Hallow Even" (holy evening), contracted to the name Hallowe'en or Halloween.

Why did they choose this particular day? Again The Encyclopedia of Religion explains: "Samhain remained a popular festival among the Celtic people throughout the christianization of Great Britain . The British church attempted to divert this interest in pagan customs by adding a Christian celebration to the calendar on the same date as Samhain. The Christian festival, the Feast of All Saints, commemorates the known and unknown saints of the Christian religion just as Samhain had acknowledged and paid tribute to the Celtic deities" (p. 177).

Thus a pagan celebration was relabeled as Christian.

The Bible versus Halloween

You cannot find any support for Halloween in your Bible, because God is adamantly opposed to it and the pagan, occult practices it revels in. He warns His people to have nothing to do with these (Leviticus 19:31
; Deuteronomy 18:10-12



). They blind us from the truth of God.

God does not take Halloween lightly. As He says, "Learn not the way of the heathen" (Jeremiah 10:2
, King James Version). And, "Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise'" (Deuteronomy 12:30
).

God will not always remain tirelessly patient with those who insist on celebrating harmful and superstitious customs such as Halloween. "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance . . . What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God" (2 Peter 3:9-12




, New International Version).

The author of Halloween

The author of sin and death, Satan the devil, is also the behind-the-scenes author of pagan customs like Halloween. Jesus said that Satan is a liar and the father of all lies (John 8:44
). God is the God of the living, not the dead (Matthew 22:31-32


). He is the God of not only true Christians alive today but, because of the certainty of the coming resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15), of those who will yet live when raised from death. So certain is this resurrection that to God it is looked on as an accomplished fact (see Romans 4:17
).

Conversely, Satan is the "lord of the dead." Hebrews 2:14
 says of Jesus Christ that "only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death" (New Living Translation).

Satan is the lord of the dead in that he leads people by his lies and influence into the way of death and, as the next verse shows, puts them in bondage to the fear of death.

He has foisted Halloween on ignorant people and even well-meaning Christians in a subtle and deceitful way, perpetuating it through the Catholic Church with a "Christian" mask that hides its demonic origins.

Can people make Halloween harmless?

When it comes to Halloween—or any other holiday for that matter—you should ask yourself, "Did God make man in His image, or did God intend man to remake God in man's image?" Now that's a sobering thought.

The religious excuse for perpetuating Halloween might be that, as we've seen, church leaders long ago called it a "holy evening" for all the Catholic saints who had no day assigned to them. But face it: People who celebrate this evening today couldn't care less about such religious notions. All they think about is instant gratification, to follow the pack with everyone else and to have some fun.

The Encyclopedia of Religion goes on to say: "Modern Halloween activities have centered on mischief making and masquerading in costumes, often resembling otherworldly characters. Folk customs, now treated as games [such as bobbing for apples], have continued from the various divination practices of the ancient celebrants of this occasion. Supernatural figures [such as the ghost, the witch, the vampire, the devil] play a key role in supplying an aura of the mysterious to the evening, whether or not they originally had an association with the festival.

"Children are particularly susceptible to the imagery of Halloween, as can be seen in their fascination with the demonic likeness of a carved and illuminated pumpkin, known as the jack-o'-lantern. In recent times, children have taken up the practice of dressing in Halloween costumes and visiting homes in search of edible and monetary treats, lightly threatening to play a trick on the owner if a treat is not produced" (p. 177).

Halloween is one of many human traditions that cloud biblical teachings and keep people in the dark from God's truth that can set us free (John 8:32
). It is not a harmless holiday for you or for your children. God warns us to avoid it and to follow His ways, because He hates for us to dabble in the spirit world of Satan and his demons! Instead, as God tells us in Isaiah 66:2
, "On this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word." GN


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KEYWORDS: halloween; holiday; jesus; pagan
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1 posted on 10/30/2012 8:00:26 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

STUPID POST ... go get a life


2 posted on 10/30/2012 8:05:20 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: DouglasKC

Agreed. Halloween is anything but harmless. Look what it has turned into. Its symbols are Death & the devil.


4 posted on 10/30/2012 8:06:29 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Free speech is more important than Islam.")
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To: ICCtheWay
STUPID POST ... go get a life

Thanks for the reply...

5 posted on 10/30/2012 8:07:02 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
I think it's fine if adults let kids be kids.

I had a lot of fun on Halloween when I was a kid...Trick or Treating. Nobody got poisoned by their parents; no adults put razor blades in candy.

Let kids be kids and have some fun!

We've created a mell of a hess for them to grow up in as it is, IMO! Halloween is the least of their problems!

6 posted on 10/30/2012 8:08:24 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: elcid1970
Agreed. Halloween is anything but harmless. Look what it has turned into. Its symbols are Death & the devil

Yup, makes evil acceptable and fun...

8 posted on 10/30/2012 8:09:43 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: ICCtheWay
"Trick or Treat! Give me my obamaphone treat or else you will get a trick!"


9 posted on 10/30/2012 8:10:23 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: DouglasKC

I’m very religious but this is over the top. Let the kiddies “twick or tweet” for some candy and meet the neighbors.


10 posted on 10/30/2012 8:12:19 PM PDT by Shellback Chuck
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To: lonestar
We've created a mell of a hess for them to grow up in as it is, IMO! Halloween is the least of their problems!

I would contend that our problems have increased as we've turned increasingly against God. The popularity of Halloween seems to have increased proportionally to the degree with which we've shut God out of government and culture.

11 posted on 10/30/2012 8:12:21 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

It also promotes the self-entitlement culture. Give me my treat or else you will get a trick. No wonder so many kids grow up to be liberal.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 8:16:54 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Shellback Chuck
I’m very religious but this is over the top. Let the kiddies “twick or tweet” for some candy and meet the neighbors

Did Jesus encourage little children to do this...or is it a modern custom?

2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

Many Christians today celebrate Halloween exactly the same as hardcore atheists...

13 posted on 10/30/2012 8:17:00 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: hinckley buzzard
yep, another puritanical prot with his knickers in a twist. BTW, definition of a puritan: a person with the creeping fear that someone, somewhere is having fun.

CC

14 posted on 10/30/2012 8:17:27 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: DouglasKC
...well-meaning parents dress their children in grotesque and ghoulish costumes.

Feh, my nine year old is going as a Army Ranger.

15 posted on 10/30/2012 8:17:52 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: DouglasKC

To me it’s just another holiday that encourages the entitlement mentality.


16 posted on 10/30/2012 8:18:42 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: DouglasKC

How about moving to Saudi Arabia??

They’ve banned Valentines too.


17 posted on 10/30/2012 8:20:29 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: ari-freedom
It also promotes the self-entitlement culture. Give me my treat or else you will get a trick. No wonder so many kids grow up to be liberal.

Lesson: Get what you can while you can...

18 posted on 10/30/2012 8:21:47 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
I was only about 6 years old (1947) when I was taken to a Catholic Church by my Uncle and Aunt to a Halloween celebration (a scare house) - my foster mother came along quite reluctantly.

She told me that both the Church and Halloween celebration was an insult to Christianity. I'm now 71, and I've come to believe she was quite correct.

19 posted on 10/30/2012 8:22:27 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: DouglasKC
Who and what's behind this bizarre holiday?

Retailers and the media.

That's it.

Normal people know Halloween is just a fun "dress-up & get candy" event for kids.

20 posted on 10/30/2012 8:25:26 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: ICCtheWay

Stupid post. That what I said. I know people that are wiccan. They stand around a bonfire, have a couple drinks, and enjoy each others company. I can think of dumber holidays.


21 posted on 10/30/2012 8:25:37 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: All

What’s wrong with dressing up and having a little fun as well as some role playing in costume? I respect the thoughts of others and if one does not want to celebrate and/or have their kids not celebrate, it is up to them, but when I see articles like this, all it does is give the left ammo against us and makes us look like a bunch of party poopers and downers.


22 posted on 10/30/2012 8:25:44 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
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To: Celtic Conservative
yep, another puritanical prot with his knickers in a twist. BTW, definition of a puritan: a person with the creeping fear that someone, somewhere is having fun.

A more accurate definition of "Puritans" can be found on Wikipedia:

Puritans

23 posted on 10/30/2012 8:26:34 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

We have purchased many bags of kid bait. We will lure neighborhood children to our front door. And we will have fun doing it.


24 posted on 10/30/2012 8:26:48 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: DouglasKC

This author must be a miserable person. He wishes someone would pay that much attention to him to knock on his door or soap his windows.


25 posted on 10/30/2012 8:27:00 PM PDT by albionin
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To: Ron C.

Ahh, yes, the obligatory anti-Catholic screed mixed into the “they want you to worship demons” post....

Wow, less then 20 posts in, a new record!!


28 posted on 10/30/2012 8:29:17 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: DouglasKC

If you do some research on the origins of bobbing for apples and lighted jack-o-lanterns you will soon lose your appreciation for the Halloween holiday.


29 posted on 10/30/2012 8:30:01 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Hardraade
How about moving to Saudi Arabia?? They’ve banned Valentines too

Just wait a couple of years. The more that Americans reject the true God by celebrating banalities such as Halloween the more that seekers will be deceived into seeking and accepting Islam.

30 posted on 10/30/2012 8:30:19 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Ron C.

Sounds like she was a barrel of fun.


31 posted on 10/30/2012 8:30:31 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: DouglasKC

The threat of Harry Potter and Dungeons & Dragons dwarfs the Halloween scandal in magnitude.

Freegards


32 posted on 10/30/2012 8:30:31 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: DouglasKC

Not a fan of the over the top gore stuff some do, but the cutesy kid costumes for the young ones is harmless, imo.


33 posted on 10/30/2012 8:30:59 PM PDT by The Conservative Goddess
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To: elcid1970

What does the devil have to do with wiccan/Celtic religion? You are thinking of satanism. Wiccans believe in the air, wind and spirit.. missing one im tired. They predated all these other religions and the don’t judge. I made a broom joke once and she just laughed. No spells. Nothing. Its actually very interesting.


34 posted on 10/30/2012 8:31:39 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: IrishPennant

Oh, really bad spelling at the end there...FR spellcheck is difunksunal tongiht, I guess.


35 posted on 10/30/2012 8:32:15 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Dr Erkel and Mr. Jive...lurking the streets of DC)
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To: DouglasKC

yes


36 posted on 10/30/2012 8:32:28 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: elcid1970

What does the devil have to do with wiccan/Celtic religion? You are thinking of satanism. Wiccans believe in the air, wind and spirit.. missing one im tired. They predated all these other religions and the don’t judge. I made a broom joke once and she just laughed. No spells. Nothing. Its actually very interesting.


37 posted on 10/30/2012 8:32:32 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles
Stupid post. That what I said. I know people that are wiccan. They stand around a bonfire, have a couple drinks, and enjoy each others company. I can think of dumber holidays.

I can't. It requires a willful ignorance of the Lord to do things he specifically said not to do.

38 posted on 10/30/2012 8:33:00 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Nowhere Man
but when I see articles like this, all it does is give the left ammo against us and makes us look like a bunch of party poopers and downers.

Pretty much the last thing of my mind is pleasing lefties...

39 posted on 10/30/2012 8:35:16 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: albionin
This author must be a miserable person. He wishes someone would pay that much attention to him to knock on his door or soap his windows.

He's actually pretty jolly...

40 posted on 10/30/2012 8:36:33 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
Have a nice day.

CC

41 posted on 10/30/2012 8:36:42 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: ari-freedom

West Virginia?


42 posted on 10/30/2012 8:38:08 PM PDT by Salamander (Billion dollar baby....rubber little monster, baby I adore ya.)
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To: IrishPennant
These liberal bastards have been, for decades now, trying to take all of that away...including Santa, as well as telling us how evil Christopher Columbus was, AND how bad our Founding Fathers were. And some fo us listen to thsi crap. Don't fall for this in the name of God...fight for this in the name of American tradition. God built this country...yet he lets us have our fun.

Not so. Halloween traditions grew in popularity as our country became more and more liberal. They go hand in hand. It's a celebration of NO GOD which is why it's so popular today.

43 posted on 10/30/2012 8:39:22 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: goseminoles
I made a broom joke once and she just laughed.

You were making a sweeping generalization.

44 posted on 10/30/2012 8:39:59 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: cornfedcowboy
If you do some research on the origins of bobbing for apples and lighted jack-o-lanterns you will soon lose your appreciation for the Halloween holiday.

I don't see anything so off-putting. Can you share? (I'll read your reply when I come back from dousing our J-o-L candles on the porch).

BTW, I'm 45 and have never myself, nor seen, nor heard of anyone personally, 'bobbing for apples'. That has always been one of those TV-show events for me.

45 posted on 10/30/2012 8:42:09 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Ken H

Lol.. they just believe what goes around comes around three fold. And they have killer music. ;0)


46 posted on 10/30/2012 8:44:12 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Ken H

Lol.. they just believe what goes around comes around three fold. And they have killer music. ;0)
http://m.youtube.com/?piggyback=2#


47 posted on 10/30/2012 8:44:29 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: workerbee

Better than bobbing for turds.


48 posted on 10/30/2012 8:45:22 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: workerbee

I am 45 and grew up in the Midwest. We used to bob for apples. Human fat from sacrificed slaves was burned in pumpkins and placed at the door front to ward off evil spirits. I’m no expert, but remember hearing this from a source many moons ago. Bobbing for apples has history with torture.
Don’t get me wrong, I let my kids dress up and beg for candy. I just don’t get too hyped up about all the rest. I believe Halloween is now second only to Christmas for retailers.


49 posted on 10/30/2012 8:49:45 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To all the people who stress the “harmless” aspects: These are gateway aspects of Halloween. Perfectly innocent people dress their kids up in tutus or pirate costumes and thereby perpetuate the practice. But that is not all there is to Halloween.

Any coincidence that Sandy attacked the Gay Halloween Parade and Atlantic City the Gambling and Vice Mecca in one fell swoop? I’m reminded of when all the occult-ish books at St. John the Divine were destroyed by lightning.


50 posted on 10/30/2012 8:50:29 PM PDT by firebrand (Beware of wishful thinking--the mousetrap of small minds.)
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