Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Save Halloween

In regards to Rep Tim Larson (d) suggestion to enact a law mandating Halloween be celebrated on the last Sat in the month of Oct rather than the 31st of October as has been for centuries I have one question? When was the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution repealed?

This is the amendment that allows freedom of religion and the separation of church and state. I guess what Mr. Larson didn’t know was that Halloween is Samhain (pronounced Soween) and is a Holy day in the Wiccan religion. Wicca is a legally recognized religion in the US so to my understanding it would be protected by the Constitution. His suggestion is the same as suggesting Christmas be held on the 3rd Sunday in Dec.

The other interesting point is that the press also protected in this same amendment did not raise a hue and cry, but rather asked what people thought. I’ll grant they were probably not aware of the religious significance of Samhain/Halloween.

Unless the 1st Amendment is repealed this law can not be, since it is unconstitutional from the beginning.

I would strongly suggest the media pay more attention to the different laws that are proposed since a change in the 1st Amendment could adversely affect them.