Kirk Cameron Being Called Out Again

Boy, Kirk Cameron sure stepped in it with his historically-ignorant attempt to rescue Halloween and turn it into a Christian holiday. He’s getting hammered by the fundamentalists who would ordinarily be on his side. The latest one throws in a little anti-Catholicism too:

Mike Gendron of ProclaimingtheGospel.org, however, told Christian News Network that he does not agree, stating that the historical origins of Halloween are connected to the pagan practices of Roman Catholicism, and that its affiliations are far removed from biblical Christianity.

“The two faiths are diametrically opposed to one another,” Gendron stated. “I strongly disagree with Kirk Cameron and would encourage him to avoid celebrating anything that has to do with the pagan practices of the apostate Roman Catholic Church,” he said.

Gendron explained that according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the origin of All Hallows Eve goes back the the 11th century Catholic monks who set aside a day to pray for the dead.

“Very quickly a tradition of baking cakes for diseased people emerged. People would go to cemeteries at nightfall to kneel at the graves of their loved ones, and to anoint the hollow of the tombstone with holy water,” Gendron continued.

Gendron is concerned that the connections with the pagan holiday originated because of Catholicism’s fabrication of a place called purgatory where Catholics must go after they die to have their sins purged by fire before they could enter into heaven.

“The reason Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis on a church door on Oct. 31, 1517 was because the very next day, All Saints Day, Catholics would be coming to the church to venerate the bones and relics of dead ‘saints’. The Castle Church of Wittenberg had over 1900 relics of dead ‘saints’ on display. Catholics were granted indulgences for the remission of sins if they venerated the relics and made confession of their sins. This practice of necromancy is strictly forbidden by God who commands us ‘Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them’ (Leviticus 19:31). ‘Whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord’ (Deut. 18:9-12).”

Gendron admonished Cameron to repent of his message that encourages Christians to celebrate Halloween.

“Kirk Cameron needs to repent of his message that urges Christians to participate in this dark holiday that glorifies the devil, ghosts, goblins and witches. Furthermore, the celebration of Halloween obscures and overshadows the anniversary of the Reformation, one of the great dates of the Christian calendar,” Gendron stated. “On October 31st while Kirk Cameron is urging people to celebrate Halloween, our ministry will be encouraging people to remember the Reformers who were brutally tortured, murdered and burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church for defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he concluded.

I think you all should repent for being ridiculous and delusional.

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  • matty1

    You know martin Luther’s theses are available online and there is no mention of relics or the evils of worshipping saints. The document appears to be a criticism of indulgences and nothing else suggesting that a lot of what became distinctive in Protestantism is a later development.

  • John Pieret

    I think you all should repent for being ridiculous and delusional.

    They can hardly do that since being ridiculous and delusional is at the heart of their religion and if they give up their religion, there no reason to repent.

  • grumpyoldfart

    21st century adult human beings living in America – and they’re still afraid of the oogedy-boogedy. What a bunch of ratbags.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    matty1 #1: The document appears to be a criticism of indulgences and nothing else…

    Indulgences are back, thanks to the efforts of Pope Benny and his predecessor.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Ooo…a nice schism. Pass the popcorn.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    grumpyoldfart #3: 21st century adult human beings living in America – and they’re still afraid of the oogedy-boogedy. What a bunch of ratbags.

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  • matty1

    Yes the Catholic church is ridiculous as all religions are. I simply wanted to point out that Gendron is also wrong on the history of the reformation.

  • Sastra

    “On October 31st while Kirk Cameron is urging people to celebrate Halloween, our ministry will be encouraging people to remember the Reformers who were brutally tortured, murdered and burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church for defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ,”

    Oooh, better costumes!

    Don’t eat the candy, though.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    A little anti-Catholicism? He stopped just short of calling the Pope the anti-Christ.

  • lordshipmayhem

    And here I thought Halloween was an invention of the pre-Roman British Celts.

  • eric

    Hey Gendron, you know Christmas was also an RCC thing before the protestants were around. The name even contains a reference to their unholy ceremony, the mass. Maybe that can be your next project; I’m sure it will go over well.

  • illdoittomorrow

    matty1 at 7:

    “Yes the Catholic church is ridiculous as all religions are. I simply wanted to point out that Gendron is also wrong on the history of the reformation.”

    How can he possibly be wrong? I’m sure his faith in what Luther’s theses (rhymes with feces! Coincidence?) say is as strong as his faith in what the Bible and the Constitution say- exactly what he would like them to.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    And upon reading the criticism, Kirk Cameron said to himself, “This is batshit!” A light turn on within his noggin, and the very next day Kirk announced to the world that he is now an atheist.

    Or not.

  • coffeehound

    Gendron is concerned that the connections with the pagan holiday originated because of Catholicism’s fabrication of a place called purgatory where Catholics must go after they die to have their sins purged by fire before they could enter into heaven.

    ‘We’ve double jumped over purgatory with our fabrication of the Rapture’! King me!

    Or something.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    coffehound’s got it. Martin Luther would likely find the modern fundies and their Rapture worship every bit as questionable as all that Catholic stuff he didn’t like.

  • anubisprime

    These bozos are not very bright and all of them seem to have real problems of doing basic research.

    Making up shit to suit your delusion is so AD 787 …those katoliks’ will tell ya!

  • colnago80

    re timgueguen @ #15

    I don’t think that ole Marty would be overjoyed at the affection which many of the modern fundies hold for the State of Israel, given his less then affection for Jews.

  • raven

    …given his less then affection for Jews.

    Martin Luther was also a raving misogynist and just plain misologist, hating reason and learning.

    If you look at the founders of religions, Elron Hubbard, Joseph Smith, Reverend Moon, Martin Luther and so on, they all seem to be very weird and not very nice people.

  • raven

    This practice of necromancy is strictly forbidden by God who commands us ‘Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them’ (Leviticus 19:31).

    Oh Cthulhu, quoting the Old Testament law again.

    This same source forbids wearing mixed fiber fabrics, eating shellfish, and eating pork among a few hundred other pointless rules.

    I’d bet this guy Gendron is just another cafeteria xian i.e. a flaming hypocrite.

  • Chiroptera

    I think some people need to just shut up and let the kids eat their candy in peace.

  • Die Anyway

    > baking cakes for diseased people

    I can imagine that sick people appreciated the treats and probably benefited from the extra nutrition. What I can’t quite figure out is what this had to do with cemeteries. Was there a lot of premature burial going on?

  • http://almosteverythingsucks.wordpress.com Hank_Says

    Here was I thinking Halloween was a modified version of Gaelic festival Samhain (“sah-win”), which marked the end of harvest and the opening of the door to the underworld. It even included disguises and going door-to-door to solicit donations for a feast (generosity would of course bring good luck to the donor; selfishness would of course not).

    Wiki then confirmed that and added that in the 9th century, the Catholic All Saints’ and All Souls’ days were merged with Samhain to create Halloween. And then the Yanks added pumpkins and diabetic comas and the rest is history.

    All of which that colossal lackwit Cameron could’ve discovered with ninety seconds on the Googlotron.

  • howardhershey

    Replace Halloween with Christmas, also a pagan-based holiday that was usurped by Christians, and we have this Evangelical arguing for a war on Christmas. But, of course, given the store decorations I see, we now celebrate Hallthankmas.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Googlotron is of the debbil!

  • freehand

    Once again the Fundamentalists explain at us that life is a grim duty, and joy by any name is the real enemy. I am surprised that more Fundies do not attack Christmas. Well, I used to be, Now it’s been established that the evil liberal atheists Muslims hate Christmas, the US Christian Fundamentalists will never surrender in the War on Christmas®.