Humane Religion Magazine
September - October 2008 Issue
Halloween: The Glorification of Satan
Editorial by Frank L. Hoffman
For more than six decades, we have watched the celebration of Halloween become more and more demonic and at the same time increase in popularity. Why has this happened? In our opinion, it's because the Church has failed to take a firm stand against it. The Church, for the most part, has been indifferent to the glorification of Satan that this holiday represents, and has often participated in it, much in the same way they have been indifferent to the suffering of more than fifty billion land animals and countless sea animals who are killed by humans every year around world.
The Church has allowed the celebration of all the Church's saints (All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints Day) to deteriorate into a celebration of witches, ghouls and goblins, and the demonizing of animals such as bats and black cats. Why do we say this? Because, based upon a poll/survey we saw several years ago, 90% of the people in the United States considered themselves to be religious, and 85% considered themselves to be Christian, and thus are influenced by the Church. If these 85% stopped celebrating Halloween, there would be no holiday.
And if these churches stopped their indifference to the atrocities committed upon animals, and the glorification of it through the wearing of skins and fur, as well as through their dinners, the suffering of animals would drop dramatically. Only Satan is glorified by this cruelty and only his demons are empowered by this bloodletting.
It's time for the Church to openly begin to encourage all people to be the loving, compassionate, peacemaking children of God, whom Jesus calls us to be, and to bring the deathless will of our heavenly Father to earth as it is in heaven.