Connecticut School Cancels Hallowe’en, Citing “Respect for Religious Beliefs”

An elementary school in Niantic, CT has canceled its Hallowe’en festivities citing a number of reasons, including “safety concerns” as well as “respect for religious and cultural beliefs.”  That means no costume parade (a practice that has a long tradition in many American schools, including the one I went to in central NY), and no [Read More…]

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A Cinema of Evil: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Witchcraft & the Occult

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square. This month we’re asking: Has Hollywood Become Our National Conscience? Read other perspectives here. There can be no denying that contemporary culture is fascinated by horror. This popular genre of literature, film and TV has many sub-categories: supernatural, paranormal, monsters, ghosts, the undead, serial killers, [Read More…]

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Help Us, Stevie Nicks. You’re Our Only Hope

Hey, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, Who Are You to Keep Us Down? Five episodes in, I think it’s safe to say the show’s creators are not terribly interested in portraying modern witchcraft or Voodoo as life-affirming spiritual paths. [Read more…]

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