Halloween banned in Moscow schools

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    Halloween has been banned from schools in Moscow after Russian education chiefs ruled it was too pagan.

    Officials caved in to Church demands and issued a blanket ban on all Halloween celebrations from carving pumpkin heads to dressing up.

    The Moscow Education Department has ordered all schools in the capital to ban any Halloween celebrations, Izvestia newspaper reported.

    In a letter sent to school heads and governors teachers were warned that: "The very fact that Halloween activities contain elements such as the cult of death, rejecting death, personification of death and evil spirits produces a destructive effect upon the psychological, moral and spiritual health of students."

    A ban had earlier been called for by Russian Orthodox Church leaders who claimed the pagan festival was "satanic".

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    Well, since we Baptists like to be anti-Catholic and anti Orthodox, this should be a good reason for us all to go trick-or-treating.

    Okay, sarcasm aside, I'm curious what the Happween traditions of the area are. Here in the US, the Haloween traditions which we know are uniquely American. Similarly, what we think of as Christmas traditions here in the US would be alien to come other countries and cultures, and vice versa. For exampple, the ule log is practically alien to most Americans.
     
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    Way to go Moscow!!
     
  4. In God We Trust

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    Hi all....I'm new here.

    Wow! You learn something everyday.

    I didn't know that they celebrated Halloween in Russia. So now I'm shocked that they would say it is pagan. I thought (for the most part) that Russia was atheist.

    Atheist say that they don't believe in God, but just mention the name of God or Jesus in front of them and they come all unglued. But if you talk about Satan or anything pagan they don't seem to mind that. So I just figured that Russia wouldn't mind anything pagan.

    Things must be changing in Russia. How do we get that hereā€¦..Pray!Pray!Pray!
     
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    Under the former Soviet Union, they were offiially atheist. Religious practice of any kind was forbidden, even in private. The Russian Orthodox Church existed, but was not allowed to operate. When the USSR fell, freedom of religion was restored, and the Russian Orthodox church, as well as all religion, was no longer illegal.

    Many people during this time were R.O., and kept their beliefs to themselves, but kept it secret, for fear of jail.

    Interestingly, even Gorbachev, an outward atheist, said, when communism first fell, that the people "need to be able to believe in Jesus Christ". Godly words from a man who claimed not to believe in God. [​IMG]
     
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    I have a problem with any country or state that caves into religious presures and demands. When the Muslims take over Russia, you won't be so joyful about this church / state concept.
     

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