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  • ross1948 08:41 on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Connecticut, ghosts, , , , Milford, , , ,   

    Get Lost, Goblins! Hallowe’en Ban in US Schools – More Grovelling! 

    Lazy few days here, no visitors due till the weekend, and no parties at all this week! Oh dear!


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    • So I was having a look at the local events pages on the internet to see what’s happening in Jakarta and was reminded that there are a lot of Hallowe’en party nights coming up, all over town.

    This is a 90% Muslim city with an 8% Christian minority and some Buddhists and Hindus, and nobody seems to mind the spooky fun – except Islamist fanatics like Amidhan, an MUI notable we have mentioned all too often on our blog. 

    Top Islamic ‘Scholar’ To Kids – Admire Invaders Who Occupied Palestine! 


    The top man with the MUI’s self-styled ‘scholars’ made clear his intolerance when he said “Don’t join in the celebrations. It’s not our culture…”    http://www.nahimunkar.com/mui-muslim-jangan-rayakan-halloween/

    Hmmm..ain’t that the dread phenomenon that pinkos call ‘xenophobia?’

    But in fact, spooky stuff, domestic or foreign, is immensely popular here, witness the Haunted House shows that migrate around the capital’s malls.


    Like most children around the world, Indonesian kids delight in fright – there are all kinds of horrors here, unique to this amazing archipelago. Young (and many older) Jakarta residents will enjoy the scary make-believe events.

    They all know it’s make-believe, so why not?

    Pocong! Kuntilanak! Sundelbolong! Wewegombel…Ghosties and Ghoulies of Indonesia 

    Sadly, it’s a different story in Milford, Connecticut, where the school board has banned Hallowe’en, to avoid offending uptights.

    ...a letter was sent home to parents last week letting them know that the school district’s annual Halloween parades are being called off, due to “numerous incidents of children being excluded from activities due to religion, cultural beliefs, etc.”


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    • For pity’s sakes!
    • It’s not compulsory to join in, but it’s an annual American fun-fest, and most kids love it. If some don’t, or are ordered not to participate in the fun by sectarian parents, why should all the rest be thus penalised? 

    Not only is the parade going, but all signs of Halloween are being prohibited. Students won’t be allowed to wear costumes to class, class activities cannot have a Halloween theme, and giving out food is “not an option.”


    How pathetic!

    What infantile administrators these Milford minions must be!

    Hallowe’en is a hugely popular festival in the USA, more so than in the UK, whence it migrated to the Americas a long time ago. I went to school in both hemispheres and while we did ‘do’ Hallowe’en in Britain, in Canada it was a much bigger thing, same as in the United States.

    And now, because people migrate there from countries without such a tradition, some arrogant immigrants expect the authorities to pander to them?

    When in Rome, bud!

    • Santi 11:44 on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I will go to a Halloween party this year. I always go. My friends also like them. MUI and FPI like only trouble making.
      Will you party in FPI costume, Ross? All white like Habib the Yemeni? That will be funny for photographing..


    • Euis 14:08 on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Not surprising how MUI Amidhan do not like Halloween. It is because people enjoy it. Nobody is serious at Halloween.
      Same like yoga, fatwa all the time if people happy.
      I before when I was little think that scholars mean wise men, but they are just mean men.


  • ross1948 10:05 on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , ghosts, , Pam Rocker, sexualisation,   

    Hallowe’en? I’m Scared! Because I Find I Agree With Calgary Feminists! 

    Grinning Halloween lantern vector illustration.


    I always enjoyed Hallowe’en (notice I can spell it properly, please!) as a kid in a North American small town. We’d get dressed up as witches and ghosts and trek up and down our street for candies, fruits and the occasional nickel. Nobody was worried about children going out after dark in those halcyon 1950s days.


    But this report from modern Canada came as something of a shock….a sexy leopard costume for a three-year-old, complete with fishnet stockings? And a ‘mac pimp daddy’ costume for eight-year-old boys…?

    Frankly that’s disgusting! I thought when I first read about, ‘hey, this must be a bad joke,’ or at least hyperbole, but Pam Rocker, of Calgary, says she and a friend actually saw such things on sale in a costume shop.


     Pam Rocker


    Gals clad thus are not likely to upset me – if they are over sixteen!

    But a toddler? What the hell is wrong with whoever designed, created and put such a thing on sale?

    Pam is involved in a ‘feminist theatre company in Calgary called Urban Curvz, ‘ an involvement that would tend to make me wary of her.

    But I have to applaud when she asserts that her group is ready to fight back against what they say is an increasingly sexualized holiday.

    Sex has nothing to do with Hallowe’en. It’s first and foremost a day, or night, for the kids.


    sexy red indian Nice costume – for adults!


    Sure, adults can enjoy parties and grown-up girls can get tricked out in all kinds of yummy gear, but for God’s sake, not little children.  

    Proper witches, like we became on All Hallows Eve back then, were ANYTHING but sexy. They were horrid old hags, as portrayed above, and the ghosts wore plain white sheets. That was enough, and we had loads of fun.

    We were 5, 6, 7, years old, and sex was something we were hardly aware of, or talked about. Cowboys and Indians in summer, building snowmen -oops,-snowpersons! –  and snowball fights in winter. Us little guys liked toy soldiers, our female friends played with dolls.

    Surely kids can be allowed to be kids?

    So good for Pam the Feminist with her Take Back Halloween!

    Having said that, it sounds like she’s going a bit far with a feminist costume contest! Especially when she starts rabbiting on about how the costumes will not gender stereotype and maybe actually empower women.”

    C’mon, Pam, just let them be good old-fashioned ghosties and ghoulies. 


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