New Column: Religions Halloween Candy: Treat? Or Trick?


My new So Here’s The Thing column is up over at the Washington Times Communities!It’s all about the “Jesus Harvest Seed” candy I saw last weekend.

Never mind the mind-melting comic potential of a product called “Jesus Seeds”, the concept of Bible candy meant to be handed out to kids really, really bothers me. Actually, no. What bothers me is the idea hat someone might hand it out to my kid. Because I’m not Christian, I’m not raising my child Christian, and I don’t want anyone else trying to convert him to Christianity when he’s still young enough to trick or treat. There will be plenty of time for the evangelically minded to proselytize to him when he reaches the age of majority, thank you very much.

To read the whole thing, toddle on over to the Washington Times Communities!

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5 comments for “New Column: Religions Halloween Candy: Treat? Or Trick?

  1. September 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I guarantee you my kids will end up with some of that candy. I do not attend church, but leave that up to my kids to make the decision for themselves. They’ve always gone on Wednesday nights, but this year, my 7th grader decided she didn’t want to go anymore.

    I try to remain neutral, but was smiling on the inside.

  2. September 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Rolling.my.eyes.

  3. September 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I like the idea of the scripture on every candy, it is neat to me, as a Christian. Kind of like the jokes on laffy taffy. However, I like it for personal use.

  4. Mrs. Darling
    September 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I feel two ways about this- if certain groups of Christians did not, um “Christian-ize” Halloween (with ‘Fall Festivals’, Trunk and Treats, and the bizarrely named Jesus seeds) then a big chunk of the kid population might miss out on what is- in my heavily biased opion- the best holiday of earth.

    I really question the wisdom of any treat giver who decides to prosthletize with candy. But if you go with the real spirit (or at least I hope it was the real spirit) of why the candy was made in the first place, I can sort of see that why some Christian parents would want to give this to thier kids as a last ditch effort to remind their children who they are in their family and what they would like to remember. It’s sort of like making your daughter wear a headscarf, but letting it have sparkly fairies on the fringe (true story- every little girl in my dd’s class wanted to be Muslim for a couple of days afterwards)

    I feel two ways about this- if certain groups of Christians did not, um “Christian-ize” their version of Halloween (with ‘Fall Festivals’, Trunk and Treats, and the bizarrely named Jesus seeds) then a big chunk of the kid population might miss out on what is- in my heavily biased opion- the best holiday of earth.

  5. Mrs. Darling
    September 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    and…I manage to give the exact same paragraph twice. Fabulous.

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