October 28, 2010, - 3:02 pm

Halloween Intolerance: PC, Islam Cancel Halloween Across America

By Debbie Schlussel

**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE: Tolerant Orthodox Rabbis v. Intolerant Muslims on Halloween ****

While it is largely a secular holiday meant to sell candy, costumes, and haunted house tickets, some Americans–including Orthodox Jews and religious Christians–do not celebrate Halloween, which is related to Christianity, because it is thought of as counter to religious beliefs and is based on past celebration of paganism, witchcraft, etc.  Still, those who do not celebrate it are largely tolerant of the fact that it is a part of American pop culture in which many others participate, and they do not impose their non-celebration on others.  But that’s not the case for Muslims and a select few intolerant others.

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Halloween Intolerance

I’ve now heard several absurd stories about Halloween cancellation in public schools and even a Montessori that go beyond absurdity:

Story #1:  A parent of a child attending a Detroit-area Montessori does not celebrate Halloween and opposes her kid being exposed to any mention of the holiday.  (A teacher at the school gets her hair cut at the same place as I do.) But it goes further.  The Montessori cannot have any pictures or mention of pumpkins, spiders, skeletons, skulls, and even  . . . candy corns?!, all per the demands of this parent.  All pictures of the above items were removed from the Montessori.  Additionally, the colors black and orange were banned for the month of October.

Soooo absurd.  We have become a nation of wimps.  If you don’t want to have your child exposed to these things, which are celebrated by most Americans, send them to a school or pre-school run by those who share your beliefs.  Don’t impose them upon everyone else.  My sisters’ families and their kids do not celebrate Halloween, but they don’t impose their beliefs on anyone else.  Anyone who does is unAmerican.  I don’t celebrate Christmas or Easter, either.  But I don’t demand that no-one else celebrate it.  This is a Christian country.  Deal with it.

I’ll do what I want, and you do what you want.  And, together, we should mind our own business and keep our noses out of everyone else’s.

Story #2: Reader/attorney Jon Grant writes:

Here in the people’s republic of Montgomery County, Maryland, at least two schools are canceling any Halloween plans. One politically correct reason is that some students’ parents can’t afford costumes (the mortgage on a 3,000- 4,000 square foot home and BMW payments can be a killer). Of course, some parents are generally hurting, and not all mother’s can make a costume for their children, but come on, does all joy have to stop because a few children are suffering?

Should we eliminate basketball in high school because some students are only 5’5″ tall? Should we eliminate all student parking (probably should anyway), because some students cannot afford cars? Where do we draw the line?

HOWEVER, the most outrageous reason for canceling Halloween is that it would offend the religious sensitivities of some students. No religion was mentioned. Let’s see. Halloween, originally a Celtic holiday, became a Catholic celebration before it became secular. No Orthodox Jews complained (or are ever listened to by this government). [DS: Orthodox Jews, while they don't celebrate Halloween, would never impose their beliefs on others or demand the cancelation of Halloween parties.] No Christian groups are ever listened to, nor did any ever complain. Hindus and Buddhists never raise a fuss. That leaves the fastest growing religion in the county…ISLAM!!!!!!!

Yes, kiddies, put down those masks, and no candy for you, because Mohammed, the scariest boogeyman of all, has stopped Halloween in your school. Yes, the fear of reprisal has ruined Halloween in some public schools.

Well, there’s quite a bit to back him up.  Muslim Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, the respected terrorist Muslim cleric, writes on his site that

To believe in or participate in Halloween is an act of Shirk (associating partners with Allah) the greatest crime any person can commit, so severe it is that Allah (SWT) will never forgive the one that commits Shirk and dies upon it. . . .Any person that offers a treat on the night of Halloween will be upon him the curse of Allah. . . .

And the Sheikh goes beyond that, demanding that Muslims help eradicate Halloween from America, saying that the Koran commands this:

Every year thousands upon thousands of young children are encouraged to dress-up as devils, witches, ghosts and many other various demonic figures. This act is followed by knocking from door to door requesting a treat or being tricked as part of the Halloween festival. During the Halloween season, schools, movies, cartoons, shops etc work very hard in promoting and legitimizing Halloween as a celebration worth celebrating.

As Muslims who are firm believers in the Day of Judgement [DS:  sic] and responsible guardians of our children, it is important to take all necessary steps to safeguard ourselves and children from any practices that will lead to Hellfire, a punishment which is seventy times hotter than the fires of this world. . . .

As Muslims we are responsible for purifying the lands from any corruption hence we are duty bound to eradicate all evil and the worst is Shirk (giving the right of Allah to another).

Dear Muslims we must realise and understand that any practices, celebrations that do not come from Islam are evil, because if it was good then Allah (SWT) would have included it in our Deen. Halloween is an evil celebration . . . .

Therefore do not participate in this evil, do not purchase anything item to do with Halloween, do not let your children go knocking from door to door for treats, do not give any treats, warn your family members, warn your relatives, warn other Muslims and the non-Muslims about this great evil.

* Story #3: Uber-liberal Black website “Colorlines” says you cannot dress up in costume as a Muslim terrorist, because that would be “racist.” Uh, what race are Muslims? Just askin’. Wiccan and Evangelical Christian terrorist costumes are A-okay, though, right? ‘Cuz we all know they’re the ones who blew up the World Trade Center, killed hundreds of U.S. Marines while they slept in Beirut barracks, tried to blow up a plane with underwear, and tried to blow up Times Square. Right?

Regardless of who or what is the reason, because you or I may or may not celebrate Halloween, it’s absurd to impose this weird political correctness on the rest of America.

**** UPDATE: Reader Ari writes:

Here’s an excerpt from the Artscroll hagiography of Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky:

Someone was visiting Reb Yaakov, shortly after he moved to Monsey, when some Halloween trick-or-treaters rang the bell. (…) The man assumed that Reb Yaakov would not be familiar with such a non-Jewish custom from his years living in Williamsburg and hastened to explain to him what the children wanted. But Reb Yaakov was not only familiar with Halloween, the Rebbetzin [DS: Rabbi's wife] had already prepared bags of sweets for any children that might ring.

It is interesting to see how our great rabbis compare to Islamic “leaders,” now, isn’t it?

Also, there’s this on Rabbi and Mrs. Avrohom Pam:

It was October 31st. [In response to likely], trick-or-treaters, the Pams left their front light on.

While they [and company they had over] all chatted with Rav Pam in the dining room, his Rebbitzen [Rabbi's wife] was in the kitchen working the hot-air popcorn popper and preparing plastic baggies of popcorn to give out with a smile to all the local non-Jewish kids who knocked at their door.

They all left that night with numerous smiles, brachos [blessings], and best wishes from Rav Pam and his Rebbitzen – but what they all remember most is the powerful lesson the Pams taught them about interacting with their neighbors.

Adds Ari:

Rabbi Pam and Rabbi Kaminetzky are not just any rabbis. They were some of the most respected leaders of their time in Orthodox Judaism. It’s like the Rabbi equivalent of Ronald Reagan.

Yes, this is Orthodox Jewish tolerance that Muslims could learn from, but never will in their campaign for world Islamic empire and their demands that we surrender the West to their Third World mores.

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I am Christian and have never “celebrated” Halloween. It’s more of an opportunity to poke fun at zombies, vampires, etc, by dressing up like one. Hehe.

Oscar on October 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm

There are plenty of evangelical Christians who object to Halloween in public schools:
“I think we ought to close Halloween down. Do you want your children to dress up as witches? The Druids used to dress up like this when they were doing human sacrifice…[The children] are acting out Satanic rituals and participating in it, and don’t even realize it.”–Pat Robertson, “The 700 Club,” 1982-OCT-29

[DS:Story #3: Uber-liberal Black website “Colorlines” says you cannot dress up in costume as a Muslim terrorist, because that would be “racist.” Uh, what race are Muslims?Just askin’.]

‘RACE’ can also mean a distinct people and not just the scientific classification.

[Wiccan and Evangelical Christian terrorist costumes are A-okay, though, right? ‘Cuz we all know they’re the ones who blew up the World Trade Center, killed hundreds of U.S. Marines while they slept in Beirut barracks, tried to blow up a plane with underwear, and tried to blow up Times Square. Right?]

How many tens or hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars? Just askin’.

Norman Blitzer on October 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I’m Christian and I think Pat Roberts is a nut.

    Distinct people? Oh puhleeeze!

    Not enough.
    Have a nice day : )

    Bullet on October 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Question 1 – Hey thanks for the quote from October 1982. It’s very relevant.

    Question 2 – Kids have their own ideas of what terrorists look like in the same manner they believe all robbers where ski masks. Do you ever consider that if Kobhar Towers, USS Cole, Crotch Bomber, Time Square Bomber, Lockerbie, WT 1, 9/11, attempted Washington Subway bombing recently and countless embassies weren’t all done by the hands of MUSLIMS, (not Christians or Jews), we wouldnt associate terrorism w/ that joke of a religion?

    Question 3 – Not enough.

    New_Guy on October 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

A Muslim cleric…worse that a busybody mother-in-law.

And why not dress up as a Muslim terrorist (or, even better, Mohammed)? Way scarier than a vampire or witch…

Alan on October 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I’m going out as Mohammed this year… Hide your children!

Craig M. on October 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

@ Norman B :

“How many tens or hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars? Just askin’.”

Far, far less than Muslims have killed in the name of their religion in the Sudan and all over the world.

When will you ever acknowledge anything horrible that Muslims do and have been doing continuously, in clear violation of any standard of human rights?

Just askin,

(hoped for a moment that you might have a spark of integrity and objectivity that could be fanned into overcoming your liberal spinelessness in the face of PC party line insanity …)

Just hopin,

May your conscience have a complete and lasting recovery.

exdemexlib on October 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

My grade school celebrated Christmas and sang Christmas songs every year, which our predominantly Christian (but public)school loved. As I grew older, a few Jewish people objected to the reference and before we knew it—no Christmas Break(now Winter Break), no Christmas songs in assembly (no assembly at all). So Islams are not the only intellerants in the world.

My husband grew up Buddhist and no one in his Temple ever cared about the Christmas celebrations. It was a non-issue, because they are truly easy going and taught tolerance as part of their religion.

Lee in IL on October 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Sorry Lee, I am not buying it. Most of the people who have objected to Christmas are atheists and other Christians. Most Jews have no problem and respect the holiday, and yes, revel in the love of our fellow Americans.

    Jon Grant on October 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Jon, your experience is reflective of my own. When I was growing up, we lived in some predominantly Christian areas, and other predominantly Jewish areas. Never did we have anyone object to Christmas celebrations in the schools, or in the workplace. It has only been in recent memory when atheists and Muslims started objecting that there began a problem. Oh yeah, and the BS “holiday” of Kwaanza has been a real pain-in-the-butt in the workplace. I remember one year I was in charge of the music for our workplace “Holiday Party.” I selected numerous Christmas Carols (mostly secular like “Frosty the Snowman”), and some Jewish songs (a couple of my colleagues had to teach them to the carolers). We were then SOUNDLY criticized because we had not included any Kwaanza songs. When I asked the critics to give me some Kwaanza songs so we could sing them, they did not have any ideas. So I asked them to get me some Kwaanza sheet music. Again, no response. But the following year the company decided to cancel the “Holiday Party” altogether because of the complaints that we discriminated against “Kwaanza.”

      BTW, when asked, the critics could not even define what Kwaanza is, other than to say “an African holiday.” They said we were openly discriminating against blacks by not giving Kwaanza equal time in our “Holiday Celebration.” Of course, the fact that almost ALL of those same black employees are Christians was kind of lost on them.

      So now nobody in our company gets any kind of holiday celebration. Thanks, Kwaanza.

      DG in GA on October 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

Orthodox Jews don’t celebrate Halloween but they go out of their way to show respect for others and to help children have some fun in the autumn.

This not meant as an endorsement of Halloween but rather as an acknowledgment of the custom of the majority in the country.

Contrast that with Islam that forbids any respect to the custom of the infidels. The difference is quite telling.

NormanF on October 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Why should Muslims celebrate Halloween, when it is already Halloween 365 days a year for Muslims? The women dress up in their witch costumes, a/k/a Muslim garb every day of the year.

Maybe Halloween hits a little too much home for Muslims.

JM on October 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

This is another reason to hate the SOBs. I love Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday. It’s Norman Rockwell Americana with a slice of Charles Adams. The early Christians usurped this Celtic ritual and Americans have made it their own.

fleiter on October 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I live near Monsey and the orthodox just do not participate. I do agree with Debbie that some will have candy. However, they do not impose their beliefs on others and acknowledge Halloween is part of American culture.

As a Jew my family celebrated Halloween and it is one of my favorite celebrations. My father really enjoyed setting up spooky effects for the trick or treater’s when my brother and I were younger.

Glen benjamin on October 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I thought this was an interesting perspective from

http://islam.about.com/od/otherdays/a/halloween.htm

>So what can we do, when our children see others dressed up, eating candy, and going to parties? While it may be tempting to join in, we must be careful to preserve our own traditions and not allow our children to be corrupted by this seemingly “innocent” fun. When tempted, remember the pagan origins of these traditions, and ask Allah to give you strength. Save the celebration, the fun and games, for our ‘Eid festivals. Children can still have their fun, and most importantly, should learn that we only acknowledge holidays that have a religious significance to us as Muslims. Holidays are not just excuses to binge and be reckless. In Islam, our holidays retain their religious importance, while allowing proper time for rejoicing, fun and games.<

I'll let that statement speak for itself without making any attempt to interpret it for now.

Regards,

TINSC (aka There is NO Santa Claus)

There is NO Santa Claus on October 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I wonder what fun and games they are referring to? Do we dare ask?

    worry01 on October 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    @There is NO Santa Claus

    ——

    “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. … There is no fun in Islam….” — Ayatollah Khomeini

    Surprised on October 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I would think moslems would really enjoy Halloween. They could go to parties as pedophiles, like mohammed, or as bacha boys.
Instead of jack-o-lanterns, they could use the severed heads of infidels to make jew-o-lanterns. They could pass out IED’s, wrapped as candy and having delay detonators, to infidel kids. Some, wearing suicide bomber vests, could hijack witches’ brooms and fly them into churches and synagogues. Witches who have had clitorectomies would be permitted to fly their brooms and not be hijacked. Yeah, I’d think moslems would find Halloween a real “blast”!

CornCoLeo on October 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Would you even let your kid eat anything given to them by a muslim? They seem to have orders to eradicate you, so I would pass.

So, Halloween will become “harvest-fest”. Christmas has become “winter-fest” and Easter “Spring-fest”. In Nevada they don’t celebrate Columbus Day, too offensive, so they celebrate “Nevada Day” near Halloween and give the kids the day off.

Now when those days become offensive to someone, what will they call them? I am offended they are recognizing the seasons. whaaaa. Man up and get over it.

Loved the Addams Family with Christina Ricci when they asked where her costume was, as she was dressed normally, and her answer “I’m a serial killer, we look like everyone else”.

ender on October 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Get yer barf bag ready,,,this will make you puke,if not cry.

http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnnewsplayer/cbnplayer.swf?aid=17933

Wanna be sick on October 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    @ Wanna be sick on October 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    France lost 5% of her population before giving in to Nazi Germany. With already a 10% mussie population raising their asses to bAllah, this battle seems already lost.

    …kinda makes you want to drive a bulldozer at full speed through the streets of France, don’t it?

    theShadow on October 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

      revoir à la France

      little napoleon on October 29, 2010 at 12:26 am

I live in Long Island, New York. I went to school with muslims who went to Halloween dances and trick-or-treated.

M: So what? There are plenty of Muslims who do not do these things and want to impose their anti-Halloween mores on everyone else. DS

Matthew on October 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Good thing the school that banned “orange and black” wasn’t in San Francisco where this year the San Francisco Giants, team colors of orange and black, are doing quite well in the World Series. I’m guessing the Giants fans among the parents of that school would be pretty upset. The whole banning thing is silly. I thought this was America. You like Halloween? Fine, celebrate the holiday, give candy, dress up, have parties. You don’t like Halloween? Don’t do those things. But leave the rest of us alone.

kenny komodo on October 29, 2010 at 12:08 am

OK the scariest outfit must be this little jihadist.

Give me your candy or we all blow up?

http://sites.google.com/site/radiomankc/_/rsrc/1218402273806/bring-on-amageddon/young-terrorist.jpg

CaliforniaScreaming on October 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

Sorry this might be the scariest costume.

http://mlfonseca.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/obama20spock202.jpg

CaliforniaScreaming on October 29, 2010 at 2:00 am

So the Islamofascist 5th column appeared to have taken hold in the USA. But I know you guys are smarter than that, and the Spirit of the Great Pumpkin shall prevail over all.

As a happy, fun loving agnostic, Halloween / Samhain (I prefer the latter – it’s so Pagan) is the rabble Purim as everyone gets to mock both good and evil, be they represented by cross, star, crescent moon or pentagram. And if I weren’t diabetic (and were able to handle spirits responsibly), I would’ve happily gone as Frank N. Furter, the Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania!

Ave Satanas! And have a Merry Samhain! \m/

The "Reverend" Jacques on October 29, 2010 at 2:01 am

Additionally, the colors black and orange were banned for the month of October.

Does that mean that a child who comes to school in an orange sweater is told to go home to change it?

Miranda Rose Smith on October 29, 2010 at 5:12 am

I want to suggest that every pumpkin loving American who is repulsed by this carry candy with them this weekend and when you see some islamic burka/abiya wearing piece of property, hand her a piece and when asked, tell them wearing costumes is a great Halloween tradition and they deserve a piece of candy for it.

Sean R. on October 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

I have never thought that having a “National Extortion Day” was a hood lesson for our children.

Look up the official definition of “extortion”, and then reflect upon the true meaning of “Trick or Treat”.

KernJ on October 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

Sorry, I meant to say “good lesson”.

KernJ on October 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

My schools never had any position on Halloween at all, not even my Catholic Grad school. But that did not stop students from preparing for a secular party like occasion. I was raised in a area with a relatively large Buddhist and Shinto population. They enjoyed Halloween as much as anyone, and like everyone else attributed no religious significance to it at all. In fact the primary lesson was that such scary myths such as witches etc. were just that, myths.

pat on October 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

And when you think of it, this is sort of funny given that Muslims believe in witches, sorcerers, Jinn, Genies, etc. They just don’t like Lady Gaga and those Jersey whores…who really do exists. lol.

pat on October 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm

If Christian terrorists wouldn’t commit war crime atrocities around the world, their Islamic terrorist colleagues would not have to kill them — or defend their own countries from the Christian terrorists.

Hint: That oil doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to the brown people who worship the “wrong” gods who happens to live on top of the oil these Christian terrorists covet.

Christian Terrorists on October 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    1. We sent troops AFTER 1993, the Cole, 9-11, etc.
    2. Ever hear of the Crusades? Was that invasion of Christian lands due to U.S. soldiers, too?
    3. If it’s for oil, why aren’t we at war in saudi arabia?
    4. What’s the excuse for the “bloody borders” everywhere else muslims exist?
    5. Why then are muslims killing Africans and other muslims?

    Reasoning beats talking points every time.

    impeachthedude on November 4, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Muzzies are too busy with the busines of killing infidels (or looking the other way) to enjoy the secular aspects of this holiday.

But it IS a Euro-Christian (All Hallows Eve – All Saints Day)holiday (holy day) albeit “borrowed” from others (Celts & Pagans)before.

Can’t have anything to do with that now can they?

Sam Adams on October 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

“To believe in or participate in Halloween is an act of Shirk (associating partners with Allah) the greatest crime any person can commit, so severe it is that Allah (SWT) will never forgive the one that commits Shirk and dies upon it. . . .Any person that offers a treat on the night of Halloween will be upon him the curse of Allah. . . .”

Does this mean that Allah has a monopoly on demonic things? Heh!

worry01 on October 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm

@ Christian Terrorists. Of course that oil doesn’t belong to us. That’s why we buy it. Duh! Don’t sell it if that’s such a problem.

Oh, and airplanes are designed to fly and as a mode of transportation. I know Muslims think it’s another way to kill people, but that’s wrong and so are they.

John on October 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm

For halloween, wear a black jilbab/niqab/burqha/hijab/whatever it’s called, and go trick or treating. If you get to the house of a Muslim, yell Jihad fi Sabillah @ the top of your lungs & watch their reaction

Infidel Pride on October 30, 2010 at 2:25 am

You write: “This is a Christian country. Deal with it.”

I would like to correct this – this is not “a christian country”, it is not a theocracy, but a country with a majority of Christians, making it the dominant religion.

luisa on October 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Well for the past two days there have been Halloween parties all over Beirut… everyone is dressing up to play their part whatever religion they come from. There are no problems here concerning the matter. There should be no such problems in the US concerning the matter either…

Natasha on October 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm

My kids used to love giving out halloween candy. In fact
they would shout to the kids on the other side of the street to come to us. One year they set up chairs behind the storm door waiting for kids to come by- and this in an orthodox Jewish neighborhood in New Jersey.

NML on October 30, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Same here, my family was orthodox and we lived in a mixed neighborhood in NYC that had many orthodox and non-orthodox jews. Yet when we were children my parents bought Halloween candy to give out the other kids in the neighborhood. We, of course, did not go out trick-or-treating or put up any decorations, but we had the candy to give out when kids rang the bell. Similarly, when we children once a year had to go door-to-door to sell raffle tickets for the yeshiva we went to, all the (non-jewish) neighbors were good sports and contributed. This, to me, was a great example of mutual respect and tolerance. This, to me, was what the melting pot should be all about. And my parents wanted to control what I was learning, so they sent me to a yeshiva, but they were also were aware that they cannot control the larger culture in which we lived, and instead were tolerant of it, and respected, it.

Actually, this went further. My father escaped persecution in Germany and was for every day of his life thankful for what this country offered him – a safe place to live and have a family. He especially liked Thanksgiving because it was a day to remember, and be thankful for, all the blessings he was able to find – safety, religious freedom, a chance to make a good living – in his adopted country. He was so thankful to be able to live in peace, that to him was the best life. He never would have dreamed of trying to bend others to his viewpoints.

Lulu on November 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I’m Muslim and I celebrate Halloween. I think you folks are overreacting just a tad. I see this bashing has started over ALLEGATIONS that it must have been some Muslim family that complained.

And I find comparisons of which religions have caused the most suffering as self-defeatist. All have and all will. I’m sure God does not approve of these organized religions.

infiltrate on March 28, 2011 at 12:57 am

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