Witches put demons in Halloween candy?  More could believe that’s true than you might think.

October 30, 2009

More nomnoms, more possible demons.

Demons are the new razors?  An article by a Kimberly Daniels that went up on Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) website in the last day or two warned Christians of the demonic dangers of Halloween.  The response from the skeptical and secular quarters of the blogosphere was swift and fierce.  The Americans United for Separation of Church and State press release quoted one of the most eyebrow-raising parts of the article:

"[M]ost of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches," Daniels wrote. "I do not buy candy during the Halloween season.  Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference."

Interestingly, the original CBN webpage linked to from the AU piece now says, "We're sorry, the page you have requested cannot be found."

Fortunately for those of us who are curious about these sorts of things, the Google-cached page with the article can still be seen online.  You can also read the article where it was originally posted  a few days ago at CharismaMag.org, although that one comes with a disclaimer from the Editor:

Editor's Note: We realize that the article by Kimberly Daniels is controversial.  It reflects her own personal views—based on her many years of ministering to people involved in the occult.  We have chosen to post another column by Ken Eastburn which offers a different view of Halloween.  We welcome our readers to post comments on that article as well.  Click here to read Eastburn's article.

(For those of you who didn't click, Eastburn's article is titled "Why Christians Should Celebrate Halloween.")

I was going to leave the demonic candy thing alone, especially since the story's been around the intertubes quite a bit already.  Also, even though I blogged last month about a pastor who believes that there are demons in swine flu vaccinations , I reeeeally didn't think that there could be a significant number of people out there who believe in literal demons (even if Paranormal Activity is currently #2 at the box office).  However, an article from those trusty folks at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life served as a reminder that there are indeed LOTS of Americans who think that "angels and demons are active in the world."  Here are some stats they give us from a 2007 survey:

  • 68% of Americans "completely or mostly agree that angels and demons are active in the world."
  • 88% of Mormons, and 87% of evangelical Christians, agree.
  • Also, 95% of Jehovah's Witnesses agree (but they're probably not doing any trick-or-treating for Halloween anyway, so they won't have to worry about the demons in the candy).
  • Jews were the group most likely to disagree—73% didn't think that angels and demons are active in the world.
  • Of the "religiously unaffiliated", the group most readers of this blog would likely fall into, 40% still completely or mostly agree that angels and demons are active in the world.

Two-thirds of Americans believe in angels and demons?  Now that is scary.  Chew on those numbers as you chew on your potentially-possessed Halloween candy this weekend.

Comments:

#1 Randy on Friday October 30, 2009 at 9:50pm

It’s illustrative of the state we find ourselves in when preachers are mining the plots of bad 1980s horror films like “Halloween III: Season of the Witch”.  On the other hand, once that song is in your head, you’re singing it for days…  Silver Shamrock!

I’m confused though.  For people who actually believe in angels and demons, why would they remain unaffiliated with any religious group?  Isn’t there safety in numbers, from these demons?  Or do the angels cancel them out?

#2 Strubie on Saturday October 31, 2009 at 4:29am

Here I sit at dawn on a Halloween morning and I’ve already had what will probably be the biggest scare of the day.  I know a few people who really believe in angels and demons, but I never thought that so many would hold that belief!  That truly IS very scary!

#3 Ophelia Benson on Saturday October 31, 2009 at 7:52am

“Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference.”

So what’s the science behind this? How does she know? How does it work? So many questions…

If the demons are powerful enough to do whatever it is that they do, why aren’t they powerful enough to “tell the difference”? You’d think that would be part of the basic equipment for the job. “Look here, Shorty, we’re not doing this for our health - if some kid who hasn’t been cursed gets you, then you just have to lie there and get chewed up. No curse, no action! Ya got that? Okay then - pay attention when you drop into the bag. Use your Curse-detection Romulizer - set to 12, or maybe 15 to make sure. If the firmotazzer doesn’t turn green, then you know there’s no curse. So long and good luck.”

#4 Joshua MIller (Guest) on Saturday October 31, 2009 at 4:29pm

Mysticism aside, how does Ms. Daniels think witches are getting to the candy? I am I just unaware that candy factories hire a disproportionate number of witches? Or are the withces all walking through the candy aisles with their demon injection and curse establishment devices?

#5 Simon (Guest) on Saturday October 31, 2009 at 9:10pm

“For people who actually believe in angels and demons, why would they remain unaffiliated with any religious group?”

For the same reason people who profess that the Bible is the word of god mostly don’t spend their time reading god’s instruction book.

I doubt it is you who are confused.

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