Friday, October 21, 2005

Halloween: Another Offensive Time of the Year

Here's another article:

Church's anti-Halloween flier upsets family
Files police complaint: 'I have every right to decorate my home'

Posted: October 21, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2005

An Indiana family upset by an anti-Halloween church flier filed a complaint with police.

Dalene Gully of Ellettsville told Indianapolis television station WRTV-TV she was offended by the flier placed outside her home by the House of Prayer Church of Bloomington.

"I started reading it, and I was very, very upset by it. I found it very accusatory and very threatening," Gully said.

The church's pastor, Larry Mitchell, said the church did not intend to upset the family but sought to warn people that Halloween is not harmless fun.

"Halloween is not fantasy," Mitchell told WRTV. "We're training up our children, and obviously this lady was trained up in this. Halloween seems like it is taking just as much prominence as Christmas."

The family filed a complaint with the Ellettsville Police Department, but Mitchell said he would have preferred they come to him first.

Gully said the incident prompted them to install an alarm system.

"This is my home, and I like Halloween," she said. "If I want to decorate my home, I have every right to decorate my home."

If Dalene Gully has every right to decorate her home for Halloween, then the church has every right to distribute fliers opposing it. If she is offended by the flier, she should realize that people can be offended by her decor. Mrs. Gully clearly has a double standard. To those who disagree, the church is not out filing legal complaints against her. The church recognizes her rights. The church also recognizes its right to speak freely. Mrs. Gully will fight tooth and nail for a "right" that doesn't exist - the "right" to not be offended - while denying the church not only that same "right" but also the real constitutional right to freedom of speach.

Why is she so deluded? While Halloween can be fun, it is used by Satan to desensitize us to the spiritual world by making it out to be some fantasy that we can have fun with. He does this so that we will relax our guard to the influence of demons and bolster us against the influence of the Holy Spirit, for by so doing he will meet less opposition in his mission to thwart the purpose of God and he can create more opposition in the existential realm that he can use to further refocus our attention away from what is truly important. This is why she is so deluded.


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