Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Losing the Prefix

Dear Black Marvel Family,

While we appreciate the fact that you acknowledge and accept the range of religious practice outside of your neck of the woods, and are attempting to be inclusive, please recognize that yesterday's festivities were a blending of Pagan, pre-Christian rituals and the Christian holiday of "All Hallow's Eve." There is nothing "Judeo" about Halloween, and as such, your attempt at inclusiveness is misplaced.

Best regards,

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Blogger Rob Monroe said...

But I'd be willing to bet that far few Christians celebrate Halloween than Jews. There may have been some Christian elements to Halloween in the past, but now it is a totally secular holiday.

So maybe Osris' error was in assuming all Americans are Jews or Christians. Kind of like how all Americans assume that people from the Middle East are Muslims.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Ragtime said...

Hi Rob,

I wouldn't go out on a limb and predict who is celebrating doing more dressing up and trick or treating. My experience is that the more religious you are (irrespective of the religion at issue), the less likely you are to go trick or treating.

The holiday emerges from both Christian and pagan roots. It does not emerge from any Jewish roots. As such, the addition of "Judeo" adds nothing except imply that there is something "Jewish" about the holiday, which there is not.

If we conclude that the holiday is now completely secular (which I do not), then it becomes the equivalent of "Flag Day", which would also be odd to describe as Judeo-Christian. The more you move away from secular, the more inappropriate the label becomes.

11:20 AM  

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