Most of the rest of us just seem to find the whole thing unintentionally hilarious.
All this hoopla has resulted in the evangelicals fighting back, and their response, which I am not making up, is called "JesusWeen." At first I thought, especially given the, um, awkward-sounding name, that this was some sort of parody site meant to ridicule the fear-mongering, but it seems to be entirely serious. Meant to encourage Christians to do something more than hiding inside and locking the doors on Halloween, JesusWeen suggests some bold and pro-active steps, to wit:
- handing out bibles, scripture verses, or Christian teaching CDs instead of candy;
- putting up signs in your town, encouraging people to give up participating in Halloween;
- having prayer circles with neighborhood children instead of joining in trick-or-treating;
- and going door-to-door on Halloween night, evangelizing and trying to get the demonic-candy purveyors to see the error of their ways.
However medieval their beliefs seem to be, no one can accuse these folks of being in the Dark Ages with respect to electronic networking. They have a JesusWeen chat, are on Twitter (@JesusWeen), have several videos on YouTube, and have a Facebook page (here). They seem quite optimistic -- their Facebook message says, "Jesus Ween (Oct 31st) is expected to become the most effective Christian outreach day ever and that's why we also call it 'World Evangelism JesusWeen Venue: In Every Country, Every City, Every Street, Every Home.'"
I dunno. That seems kind of like wishful thinking to me. I'm doubting that Christian teaching CDs are ever going to be the draw for kids that candy is. My guess is that no one who wasn't already a believer is going to have some kind of epiphany because of JesusWeen, and once you get a reputation for inviting trick-or-treating kids into your house for a prayer circle, you probably won't be getting many visitors on Halloween night, except maybe the police.
So, that's the news from the evangelical movement. Like I said in my previous post, you gotta admire these people for their consistency -- once they decide something, they follow through. I almost hope that we have some show up at our door on Halloween night, just for the amusement value. Maybe I'll hand out Richard Dawkins books.