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Friday, October 31, 2014

For some religious kids, Halloween is the birthday of the devil



While many local kids are celebrating Halloween with costumes, pumpkins, and candy, some children were spotted marching along Backlick Road in Annandale on Oct. 31 with protest signs opposing the holiday.

They are Sunday school students at the Instituto Biblico Gamaliel, which is operated by a Latino Pentecostal church at 500l Backlick Road.
“Halloween is not a Christian celebration,” said Jimmy Menjivar, a teacher at the school. “Christmas is about Jesus. Halloween is about death and spooky stuff like skeletons. The Bible tells us not to take part in those kinds of activities.”


“It’s the birthday of the devil,” said Cynthia, age 8, of Manassas. Halloween is also bad because “people put poison or other bad things in candy.” Instead of trick-or-treating, she will be at home praying and reading the Bible.

“God helps everybody; the devil is mean,” added Linda, 9, of Falls Church. They won’t be celebrating the Day of the Dead, either.

13 comments:

  1. Christmas is not in the Bible, there is no reference to it. The Winter Solstice holiday came from the Roman holiday. Think about it, would Jesus want you giving gifts to each other? Or wasting money worshiping a pine tree.

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  2. I am tried of people coming to the US and trying to change how we do things. Halloween is a fun American tradition. If you do not want to celebrate and have fun with it then just opt out. When you come to the USA you should be merging and adapting to American values and traditions or opt out not asking us to change for you. This is the same church that every weekend they are having a yard sale, bake sale & car wash.

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    1. Yea is the same church that preaches about thet truth, but how are blind you can not see your reality of the spiritual work
      Please read john 8:32

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  3. How sad, do their parents actually believe this? I guess if they weren't going out the could have watched the History Channels show about it. Then they might have the truth.

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  4. Immigrating to the United States in order to practice a weird fringe religion free from outside interference, is a tradition that dates back to the Pilgrims...

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  5. Ellie, I'm disappointed that you would give these cranks attention by featuring them here.

    "Halloween = Evil" thankfully left the American mainstream back in the day of Tipper Gore and shoulder pads ... so please, leave such strange ideas where they belong.

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    1. We don't only report on issues we agree with. These kids were parading down the street with protest signs, so that made it a public event.

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    2. Thank you Ellis Ashford

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  6. Halloween, like any other holiday/holy-day, is as "good" or "bad" as you want to make it. Teach your children to think for themselves and lighten up.

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  7. Booooo, return to sender

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  8. Happy Halloween! The one "holiday". We get to enjoy our neighbors. We actually get to knock on each other's doors just to share some fun. Doesn't matter your religion or family traditions. Just the fate of living in the same community. We are lucky we know so many bc of our community pool but always delighted to meet the others . (Rant or gush now over) Be safe and enjoy

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  9. How does "anonymous 11/1/14" know that these kids were not born here. Don't just assume because they don't have the same ideas and values as you do, that they are some kind of alien / foreigner.
    Although I do certainly believe they are a bit "eaten up" with the religious stuff, if that's what they believe, let them stay home. As far as people putting poison in the candy - it did happen years ago, but when is the last time we heard about that? Oh well, to each their own

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    1. Maybe I know because this church only speaks Spanish and does not even try to include the English speaking community. Look at their signs. We are suppose to be a melting pot not separate pots.

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