It’s that time of year again, dear reader. This Tuesday, 31 October, is Halloween — when ghosts, witches, zombies, and other horrors are creeping around. As if that weren’t bad enough, it’s an especially active time for creationists.
There was no better expert on the meaning of Halloween than the world’s greatest theologian, philosopher, illustrator, communicator, and creationist — Jack Chick. Although he is no longer with us, we are once again reminding you of Chick’s comics about Halloween. Here’s the whole list so you can enjoy them online.
Although Chick is gone, his website is still promoting creationism for Halloween. When kids come to your door seeking Halloween treats, the Chick website urges you to give them Chick tracts along with the traditional candy.
Chick isn’t the only creationist who exploits Halloween. Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, posted this recently: Halloween and the Gospel of Life. They say:
Halloween is a day when our neighbors come to us, knock on our front doors, and ask us for some treats. What could you give? Most children are hoping to receive candy like chocolate bars, chewing gum, lollipops, and so on. … Give them a treat for the time, but also give them a treat for eternity — the gospel of life. Children coming to your home are hoping for a quick visit in order to move on to the next house, so don’t expect to have a long conversation with them. But do give them some gospel-saturated literature that they and their families will find when they get home.
Like the Chick website, ol’ Hambo’s website has a large inventory of material they’re selling for this purpose. So while the undead are romping around, the creationists will be hauling in their drooling readers’ cash.
But wait — there’s more! Not long after Halloween, Daylight Saving Time ends. That’ll be next Sunday, 05 November, when you’re required to set your clocks back an hour. This is due to the annual end of Daylight saving time. We’re previously written about this tyrannical mandate, which (in the US) is the result of the Uniform Time Act — an intolerable governmental intrusion into our lives which upsets the natural order of things twice a year.
Actually, the clock reset next Sunday will be a restoration of normal time, because back in March we were required to set our clocks ahead an hour. Next week’s adjustment will undo that chronological perversion, until the madness starts all over again next year.
It’s going to be a wretched week, so we declare this post to be another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.
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