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Old 11-09-11, 11:47 AM
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Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

http://ethicsalarms.com/2011/11/01/e...illsboro-ohio/

Rev. Kenny Cousar of the Northview Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Ohio has apologized for his parishioners giving trick-or-treaters comic-book style pamphlets about fearing God.

The church had its members reward costumed children who rang their doorbells a pamphlet titled “Mean Momma” in which three children die, one by hanging himself.

The Reverend said that the church was “careless,” since the pamphlet was inappropriate for small children. The Northview Baptist church’s Facebook page indicates that 2,200 pamphlets were handed out to unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.
I would have loved to get that for Halloween, when I was a kid. But, then, I'm a freak.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

That one is terribly ineffectual, even for a Chick Tract. I don know who they think is going to read that and embrace Jesus Christ.

As a Halloween hand-out, I don't have a problem with it. Only the lame conversion bullshit at the end instead of a Tales From The Crypt twist ruins the creepiness.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

I had to re-read that three times before I understood what it said. Weird.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

For Halloween? They have several Halloween-specific tracts that would have worked better. By which I mean, not at all.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

Chick tracts are fucking hilarious, but I wouldn't recommend giving them to impressionable children whose developing minds might take the bullshit therein seriously.
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You really grundled that thread title.

Yeah, I don't really get Chick tracts. They're funny, but I can't imagine what would lead someone to distribute them thinking that they'd have any effect on people.
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You really grundled that thread title.
Thank you, thank you... it's nice to have my hard work recognized.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

The apology should be for handing them out period. Way to cram your religious dogma down someone's throat on a night that's supposed to be fun, assholes.
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The silent version: http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1068/1068_01.asp

That's a particularly bad Chick tract. "Pray to God or he'll kill all your children"?
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

I don't get where the "church suggests kids hang themselves" comes from, unless it's the "to imply something exists or occurs" definition of suggest.
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This is for you, wmansir.

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The apology should be for handing them out period. Way to cram your religious dogma down someone's throat on a night that's supposed to be fun, assholes.
Because on that night they might embrace the evil of Halloween.
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Because on that night they might embrace the evil of Halloween.
What's wrong with All Saints' (Hallows') Eve? The night before All Saints' Day? Do you hate saints?
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They should call them Chick graphic novels. It sounds cooler. And possibly sexier.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

Originally Posted by wm lopez View Post
Because on that night they might embrace the evil of Halloween.
I'd worry more about the evils of Christmas, but I'd guess you embrace that.
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I'd worry more about the evils of Christmas, but I'd guess you embrace that.
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These people are so dumb it's almost funny. The tract where they tell you the supposed origin of Halloween is way off. Jack O'Lanterns were not left in exchange for victims. A man named Jack was sentenced to walk the earth with a "Jack O'Lantern" to light the way. THAT'S where it came from. And kids wearing costumes comes from people dressing up as scary monsters so that the spirits and demons that they thought came out on Halloween would think that they were spirits and demons themselves and leave them alone. Trick or treating comes from when the churches would go door to door to get donations.

You can't have more than 2 brain cells and take these people seriously. The comics are pretty funny to read, though.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
These people are so dumb it's almost funny. The tract where they tell you the supposed origin of Halloween is way off. Jack O'Lanterns were not left in exchange for victims. A man named Jack was sentenced to walk the earth with a "Jack O'Lantern" to light the way. THAT'S where it came from. And kids wearing costumes comes from people dressing up as scary monsters so that the spirits and demons that they thought came out on Halloween would think that they were spirits and demons themselves and leave them alone. Trick or treating comes from when the churches would go door to door to get donations.

You can't have more than 2 brain cells and take these people seriously. The comics are pretty funny to read, though.
You're even funnier!

I hadn't heard the "Jack walking the earth" story before.

Placating spirits and the Fey with sugar is an ancient superstition, which has not died out. On All Hallow's eve, spirits supposedly roam the Earth in profusion. So, it's a good idea to either scare them away with something that looks like an evil spirit,(jack-o-lanterns, originally made from turnips) or have some sweet stuff handy to pay them off with, so they won't play pranks on you.

It wasn't hard for unscrupulous people to figure out that disguising themselves as spirits, and pounding on doors was a way to get lots of tasty treats.

And, the lanterns were called Jack for the same reason you might call your car "Bob". It was a common name, and once you had a face on the lantern, it was natural enough to name it.

So, there was Spring-heeled Jack, Jack the Ripper, Jack of all trades, Jack in the Box, and Jack o lantern.
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Re: Church suggests kids hang themselves for Halloween.

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You're even funnier!

I hadn't heard the "Jack walking the earth" story before.
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The silent version: http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1068/1068_01.asp

That's a particularly bad Chick tract. "Pray to God or he'll kill all your children"?
Yeah the whole story is pretty twisted. Basically they're saying God is a murderous asshole and we should love him for it? What kind of message is that?
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Trust Americans to take a tradition like carving faces into a potato and make it REALLY BIG!
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Yeah the whole story is pretty twisted. Basically they're saying God is a murderous asshole and we should love him for it? What kind of message is that?
Clearly you've never read the Old Testament. God has no trouble killing people. From the flood to Sodom and Gomorrah to killing the children of a devoted believer just to prove a point to Satan.
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Yeah the whole story is pretty twisted. Basically they're saying God is a murderous asshole and we should love him for it? What kind of message is that?
Not love him, FEAR him.

Apparently, Chick's deity has an inferiority complex.
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Not love him, FEAR him.

Apparently, Chick's deity has an inferiority complex.
True. It's still totally effed up.

Oh but at the end she says "I'm not afraid anymore". So she didn't exactly convert the way they said she should. Yet it's supposed to be a happy ending. Their message is really mixed.

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