Banish Halloween?

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It's that time again, as traditionalists are called upon to fight the ridiculous demands of political correctness. This time, it's Halloween that political correctors are going after, demanding that the name be changed to "Autumn Festival," "Fall Festival," or some such nonsense.

Both ends of the political spectrum oddly find themselves on the same side of this lunacy: Those who see the unconstitutional mixing of church and state lurking in every shadow want to free us from the awful influence of religion in the public place. And religionists who see Halloween as a satanic celebration.

It's all too creepy.

Halloween was orginally a pagan holiday, taken over by the church to celebrate All Saints Day (or All Hallows Day). Halloween is the day's eve. It's a day when kids  mooch candy from neighbors, the stores are full of goofy masks and fake cobwebs and the Great Pumpkin rises from the pumpkin patch. It's all very simple and innocent.

Thankfully, we have news that about two-thirds of Americans don't want to change the name. Says a new Rasmussen poll:

Many schools are replacing the word "Halloween" with "Fall Festival"
because of negative connotations some see in the long-standing holiday
name. But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that
66% of adults do not think it's a good idea to change the name.

Nineteen percent (19%) say a name-change is a good idea, and 15% are not sure.

If I had to bet, though, somehow that 19 percent will prevail, because schools and other havens of politically correct thought will rush ahead and make the change, and nuts to the rest of us.

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  • Your lets-not-get-silly-about-this commentary strikes me as right on target. Sometimes the media -- old and especially new -- really get apoplectic for nothing. Three cheers for remaining calm

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