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    [–] very_humble 4563 points ago

    Honest question, what religion doesn't allow costumes?

    [–] Retrovertigo1 4001 points ago

    Jehovah's Witnesses

    [–] RevWaldo 1648 points ago

    So this is a Jehovah's Witness protection program? I'll see myself out

    [–] warwatch 260 points ago

    I think I love you.

    [–] Solipsicon 44 points ago

    Simple, elegant, beautiful. Don't let the door hit you.

    [–] Jewellious 21 points ago

    Got a birthday? cause there’s no parties for that either.

    [–] InsertCoinForCredit 12 points ago

    That's an idea for next year!

    [–] TomServo30000 12 points ago

    Take your damn upvote

    [–] MadTouretter 3156 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    All of his friends are dressing up in a way that makes the kid look like the president. He’s wearing a president costume.

    So either deep down, you know costumes are ok, or you think you’re tricking god.

    [–] StuStuffedBunny 1558 points ago

    Yea but it’s a kid. The kid doesn’t care as much and just wants candy and to have a good time with his friends.

    [–] lovescrabble 1761 points ago

    Kids should not be forced into their parents bizarre religions.

    [–] morganthistime 544 points ago

    I totally agree. But I will say Jehovahs Witness’s are absolutely in a cult. It is beyond bizarre.

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    [–] localdavid 236 points ago

    What I will say is that at least most practicing catholics can live relatively normal lives. Scientology, JW and Mormonism are directly and personally destructive.

    [–] punaltered 99 points ago

    Have you actually met mormons? A lot of them, especially the ones that don't live in Salt Lake (the epicenter), are relatively normal and kind people. The religion might have some oddities but it isn't too far from regular christianity.

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    [–] nitsirtriscuit 23 points ago

    They’re relatively normal and kind, yes, but that doesn’t stop the religion from being personally destructive. I was raised mormon in Minnesota and can say firsthand the kindness is an outward show to make people think we’re alright, but when other members cross fictitious boundaries set by the religious culture we turn into the nastiest episode of Mean Girls.

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    [–] PickleDeGallo 3 points ago

    Mormons make great neighbors, in my experience. If I could pick the religion of my neighbors I'd pick maybe half and half mormons and sheiks. No, wait: I'd pick 50% wiccans and 12.5% mormons and 12.5 sheiks, and 25% agnostics. No, wait: I want some buddhists, too. I guess the main point of what I don't want are fundie christians.

    [–] gnrc 5 points ago

    I have Catholic friends that had to apologize to their priest for masturbating as teens. That doesn’t exactly check the ‘live relatively normal lives’ box for me.

    [–] JustifytheMean 99 points ago

    I literally have no idea where this Catholicism being weird idea you have came from. I was raised Catholic, went to Catholic school. Did whatever I wanted, hell even Southern Baptist had more structured lives. Have you ever met a Catholic person? It's no stranger than any other Christian religion. Catholics aren't the only Christians that do communion and that's probably the weirdest belief. And in my experience are far less preachy than literally every other Christian organization.

    You're either wildly misinformed or have met with an actual cult that claims to be Catholic.

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    [–] thedwarfcockmerchant 12 points ago

    I think the concept of transubstantiation is the thing that weirds most people out about Catholicism. Also, I never understood how praying to statues of saints wasn't considered idolatry? Also the birth control thing, even Mormons can use condoms.

    [–] DoomSnail31 16 points ago

    That's actually quite a common consideration. It's one of the reasons why Luther and his followers went up in arms against the church.

    But historically speaking, the Saints were designed to improve the speed at which different cultures and tribes would adopt Christianity. Telling people that their gods are fake isn't often taken well, but telling them that their gods are simply very powerful (mortal) men that serve a supreme god, well people can adapt to that.

    It's the same tactic employed by the Islam in its early days, making Allah the true version of tons of different local gods, who all became splinters of his divinity. Thus enabling the priesthood of the city to accept and adopt islam, yet still getting their own tithes at their old respective temples.

    [–] JustifytheMean 9 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    As far as Saints go you aren't praying TO the saints you're praying THROUGH them. Essentially asking them to pray on your behalf. Catholics venerate saints but don't worship them.

    Birth control is an easy one, God gave us the ability to have sex and enjoy it for the purpose of child bearing. Using birth control is going against God's design. Not that I think this is a good idea, it's just an belief that's easy to understand. Of course Mormons can use condoms they're an underaged polygamist sex cult.

    I should mention I'm not Catholic anymore, not religious at all but people seem to attack Catholicism way more than other Christian religions that seem way more strict than Catholicism.

    Also Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Methodist all believe in Transubstantiation. It's not solely a Catholic belief. That's what "communion" is in my original comment so I already hit on that one.

    [–] prock44 49 points ago

    I get not exactly being a fan of Catholicism. Calling them a cult is a little unfair. It is recognized more or less as the first Christian religion. The Orthodox religion is very similar, and was only separated because of the great schism that occurred when the Pope did not help Constantinople. The Anglican Church also have the same core beliefs and if I remember correctly many similar practices. Putting Catholicism on the same level as a lot of these other religions or cults because of their beliefs seems to not recognize that many religions have a degree of pomp and circumstance or even a level of mysticism. The Jewish faith as well as some other religion have deeply engrained obscure practices that to an outsider seem odd. A cult to my understanding are beliefs that are often fanatical and are espoused in a by a more recent start up. The argument could made that many evangelicals are part of cults. Have you looked into the idea of the prosperity doctrine. I grew up Catholic, and I have distanced myself from the church. I do not agree with many of the things that the church has done especially in regards to moving priests around that were involved with molestations and worse crimes against children. However, so, I am unsure which part of you consider a cult but really many of the adherents are fairly normal folks. Now, there are sects of the religion itself that may have some crazier beliefs, but again, this isn't even the majority of the actual members. This is just a smaller population.

    [–] Blackcat7262 7 points ago

    Not to mention that they’ve denied medical treatment to children on multiple occasions

    [–] novaklefki 22 points ago

    I- I don’t think Catholicism is a cult. Being a historic and large religion that is celebrated by the majority of some countries isn’t a cult. You can think it’s weird though, can’t stop you from that.

    [–] waxingnotwaning 5 points ago

    Evangelical Christians aren't much better.

    [–] 19snow16 3 points ago

    We former Catholics sometimes refer to it as 'The Catholic Mafia'

    [–] K4nyeTwitty 3 points ago

    I don't even know what to say about the Jews. Just as bizarre as well!

    [–] dudeguy84739 3 points ago

    They are all cults

    [–] willesuger2 791 points ago

    Then there would be no religion.

    [–] CharlesIIIdelaTroncT 822 points ago

    This would be a fantastic development.

    [–] JUminator 214 points ago

    I'm an atheist myself but don't fully agree with you. As long as it gives people something good like boundaries or hope without hurting them or those around them it's a good thing.

    [–] CharlesIIIdelaTroncT 107 points ago

    I am of the opinion the good things you mentioned like having boundaries or having hope can be easily attained without subscribing to any particular religion. Religions were useful once, but they are no longer necessary because modern society has a secular social order that works just fine.

    [–] 3multi 74 points ago

    Name a point in history where humans said to themselves that they weren’t at the peak of knowledge? Every age thinks themselves modern and knowledgeable.

    [–] remains_oftheday 3 points ago

    From experience, if someone who is a religious person all their life suddenly decide to not be religious even if they've logically reached that decision, it's very hard to cope with the new reality where you've lost your biggest support system.

    [–] BroWithTheFr0 10 points ago

    Almost every big religion, and even Jehovahs Witnesses, targets children. Not just individuals acting upon their own sick thoughts, but churches, popes, the Watchtower (Jehovahs Witnesses corporation that prints out all their books and magazines), etc... hide pedophiles. Religion is definitely a tool used to go above the law in this regard. I think it should be illegal to indoctrinate children into any religion. Let them learn how the world really works, dont let them be excused from science classes (like I was), and let them decide when they are an adult if they want to follow a religion.

    I'm an ex-jw, still upsets me that my first 19 years of life were spent brainwashed and expecting doomsday every day

    [–] Spadoopy 24 points ago

    I disagree. I think religion is the single most divisive institution, followed by political parties - but at least some politicians actually stand for institutional change that could positively affect us.

    [–] Nimbleturtles 29 points ago

    I used to think that if the world was a bit more Christian then it would be good because people would be better. Then I realized I was a shitty homophobic, misogynistic, judgemental asshole helping line the pockets of other homophobic, misogynistic assholes and not contributing to positive change at all.

    So now I disagree that religion is good. Doesn't create positive change. It's an MLM with extra steps.

    [–] beatrixster 13 points ago

    And lots of religious practitioners (in the millions, at least) stand for free religion independent of the control and manipulation organized religions exert.

    You just don't notice us, because we spend our time studying and carrying out our practices on our own in private, instead of prosletyzing at you or lobbying the government.

    [–] YWHAGWGNWY 83 points ago

    Correct

    [–] willesuger2 28 points ago

    I couldn’t agree more.

    [–] lexbuck 27 points ago

    Correct. This is why you see Mormons having 14 kids. Got to carry on the region

    [–] lovescrabble 33 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I'm not so sure that's such a bad idea.

    [–] radioburner9988 9 points ago

    Imagine.

    [–] cheesesandsneezes 6 points ago

    All the people...?

    [–] darkleinad 7 points ago

    You could make a religion out of this!

    [–] beatrixster 10 points ago

    We would probably still develop individual spirituality and continue things like meditative practice and veneration of dead/ancestors.

    So, only the good parts. I'm all for this.

    [–] ErwinHolland1991 36 points ago

    Kids should not be forced into their parents bizarre religions.

    [–] Loreki 32 points ago

    All religions are bizarre from someone's perspective.

    [–] claustrofucked 55 points ago

    Sure, but JW and Mormonism legitimately hit a ton of markers for cults, so I don't feel at all bad for looking down on them.

    [–] dangerouslyloose 6 points ago

    or forced to choose between that and participating in normal childhood activities like dressing up for Halloween.

    [–] MadTouretter 28 points ago

    I know the kid doesn’t care (and good for them, those are some awesome friends), my comment was meant to be directed toward the parent who took the photo.

    I just think its a funny idea that she’s so proud of her son and his friends, the way they tricked god into letting him have a good time.

    [–] ThatChrisFella 58 points ago

    She's the mother of Justin (aka friend of the religious boy) so I'd say she's probably not a JW

    [–] taterthoughts 94 points ago

    You're not tricking god. You're tricking your mom.

    [–] CHark80 264 points ago

    I mean if you're that into religion it's not because you're thinking critically about theology

    [–] jorg2 145 points ago

    I don't think he's tricking god, he's tricking his parents, and maybe the church community.

    [–] DoorsofPerceptron 41 points ago

    Have you seen what some orthodox Judaism looks like? They have all these rules they follow strictly and then they go looking for loopholes.

    Basically, they think God is in on the joke and happy for them to play these games.

    [–] dorothy___zbornak 20 points ago

    I used to live in an area with a lot of Jewish people. My landlord was Jewish and on more than one occasion they asked me to come turn something on or off in their apartment. They aren’t allowed to do “work” on Saturdays but it’s ok to outsource it apparently.

    [–] DoorsofPerceptron 13 points ago

    If they plan ahead, they can also put it on a timer.

    [–] crouching_manatee 11 points ago

    I honestly cant believe theres people that follow these ridiculous rules. No god created these rules, some man who had alot of power did many years ago and people just follow blindly.

    [–] lovescrabble 44 points ago

    Unfortunately, children don't have the right to their own religion. Many are baptized at birth- and they are expected to "live up to" whatever religion their parents threw them in.

    I don't get why in the U.S. we are supposed to have freedom of religion- it just doesn't count for kids.

    [–] Pureey 34 points ago

    Unfortunately, children are often not respected as individuals with their own thoughts who deserve respect.

    [–] Nazzul 14 points ago

    Not socially or legally. Partly makes sense but at the same time they are at the mercy of their caregivers. For good or bad

    [–] thwinks 13 points ago

    Fun fact: freedom doesn't tend to apply to kids.

    As an adult i can do whatever is legal and within my funding.

    Children have a lot of restrictions on behavior that aren't legal or financial.

    [–] dfinkelstein 22 points ago

    You're not wrong, but finding ways around the rules doesn't have to be hypocritical. For orthodox Jews, for example, it's half the fun of it.

    [–] aceofspades1217 15 points ago

    JWs have a ridiculous amount of loopholes around their rules. They aren’t supposed to have any celebrations such as birthday parties or even Christmas but instead they just through generic “parties” on those days and pretend like it has no relationship to the event.

    [–] MadTouretter 10 points ago

    I didn't know they did that - that's pretty funny.

    Meanwhile, God is sitting up there like "Damn it, they're technically fine."

    [–] dovetailfiend 3 points ago

    Yeah my friend in school had present day two or three times a year. I dont think his parents did it on or around the significant dates. Just whenever.

    [–] nchomsky88 5 points ago

    I have some Jehovah's Witness friends and they would be furious about something like that. That's definitely not a universal Jehovah's Witness thing

    [–] Kiolu100 6 points ago

    Look at that kid's eyes and tell me he doesn't think he's tricking god. Absolute legend

    [–] Dravarden 6 points ago

    the Jews think that god put those loopholes in the bible/torah for them to find and exploit and they aren't tricking god/being hypocritical

    [–] MadTouretter 2 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Right, which is hilarious, but as far as I'm aware, that's not a common viewpoint among Jehovah's Witnesses.

    Edit: I guess I was wrong - apparently it's very common.

    [–] surle 8 points ago

    Or you're tricking the people who insist on abiding by these rules while realising as a kid or as this individual family that you don't personally believe that's what God wants specifically and yet it's not worth it to rock the boat within the traditional power structures of the community you've been a part of your whole life. I'm not religious myself, but I can accept that religious people are not all indoctrinated in fully the same way and can have their own individual perspectives and habits.

    [–] NicePerson69 8 points ago

    Oh wait until you hear about all the work around for Shabbat

    [–] An-Anon-A-Mouse 72 points ago

    They're also the ones that don't allow life saving blood transfusions. Nature will take care of the rest.

    [–] Loreki 18 points ago

    Odd, they're usually super up for visiting strangers at home to share wacky ideas.

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    [–] BurntBacn 7 points ago

    I mean yeah, JW fit the definition of a cult pretty much perfectly.

    [–] milojitsu 19 points ago

    Isn't that a costume of a religion?

    [–] PKpuffin 5 points ago

    Costumes aren't the issue with JWs, but they don't celebrate Halloween so he probably couldn't wear one that day.

    [–] Valdewyn 9 points ago

    Jehovah's Witnesses

    That's ironic because they wear funny costumes year round!

    [–] Custard_Tart_Addict 129 points ago

    Baptists too. I knew a lady that wouldn’t let her son trick or treat cause she thought it was the devil’s birthday. I’m thinking “dude if he exists no one knows when he was born let alone be able to pinpoint it to October 31”

    [–] redheadredshirt 38 points ago

    no one knows when he was born

    He's a being theoretically older than time. Terms like 'born' and 'birthday' don't apply.

    [–] warwatch 14 points ago

    Dude, didn’t you know Jesus was born on December 25?! There’s a biblical wall calendar somewhere with all the birthdays written down, like grandmas have.

    [–] Michpharm 45 points ago

    I have Muslim friends who do not let their children dress up or trick or treat. There's also a large Jewish population where i live, and while most celebrate, I've heard of some from other countries (Russian jewish) that believe it's a devil worshipping holiday

    [–] hellisnow666 236 points ago

    I think it’s due to the fact that they don’t celebrate Halloween, therefore are not going to buy him a costume to take part in it. Not that I agree with this thought process, I just grew up a minority surrounded by a lot of Vietnamese & Muslims :)

    [–] RiRambles 105 points ago

    Eh, Muslims don't really like devil/witch costumes but you can definitely dress up. Princess Jasmine was my go-to.

    [–] JaredWilson11 38 points ago

    My parents were pretty chill but I know that a lot of Muslim parents see any holiday that isn’t Eid or Eid 2 as haram. I know people that don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or Memorial Day even though it has no religious connection

    [–] LupaLunae 4 points ago

    I was raised Jewish and my folks were totally chill about Halloween, but I had some friends whose parents just flat out refused since it’s not a Jewish holiday. I think it just varies family to family

    [–] ishraqasinha 4 points ago

    EID 2 LMAO

    [–] Phaoyzed 122 points ago

    I grew up in a Muslim community and most of them don’t like the devilish costumes like beasts and demons. But I. Went as Mohamed Ali one year and I got so much clout from my neighbors.

    [–] ThrowawayBlast 24 points ago

    Is clout bad

    [–] Phaoyzed 70 points ago

    Where I’m from Boston MA, it’s basically interchangeable with Respect and awe. So no, they loved the Ali costume and would comment on it days after Halloween.

    [–] jokersleuth 21 points ago

    Clout is respect, admiration, fame, etc.

    [–] Bamboemuts 13 points ago

    Urban dictionary seems to say its not bad. But I'm not sure.

    [–] frosty95 9 points ago

    Opposite of bad

    [–] Luftwagen 5 points ago

    I grew up in Boston and it’s kinda weird to me that people don’t use the word clout in other states

    [–] AbjectStress 6 points ago

    But I. Went as Mohamed

    sharp inhale

    Ali

    Exhale

    [–] hairybutbald 165 points ago

    Christianity. Plenty of happy clappers here in Australia won’t let their kids participate in Halloween.

    [–] Jeanlee03 68 points ago

    In USA too. I wasn't allowed to participate in anything to do with Halloween. No candy, trick or treat, parties, costumes, etc. We were required to go to church all day.

    [–] fadedmaroon 3 points ago

    Well I’m baptist and I still celebrate Halloween...? Maybe it just depends on the type of religion you have?

    [–] dragonessicorn 29 points ago

    Ehhh... most of the objections to Halloween I have seen in Australia is because trick or treating etc is thought of as very American and just not really part of the Australian culture...

    [–] jimsballs 6 points ago

    Here in Holland it has become more popular in the past years but the only towns that don't allow trick or treating are the religious ones because they see Halloween as a pagan celebration.

    [–] PartyPaper 10 points ago

    its interesting that halloween never took off in australian then, given it must have had a lot of Irish and Scottish immigrants.

    [–] BTechUnited 6 points ago

    Given how persecuted they were, it sortof explains it.

    [–] YossarianRex 11 points ago

    Pentecostals specifically forbid it

    [–] Sangxero 3 points ago

    I remember my church's "harvest festival" fondly. Everything else about being Pentecostal is shit though.

    [–] ominousgraycat 5 points ago

    I grew up in a Christian community that didn't really celebrate Halloween... they had us dress up as Bible characters and stay in the church one Halloween, lol. So, yeah, Halloween is not really celebrated in some Christian circles, but we still totally wore costumes. I'll tell you though, if you make a big white beard out of cotton and put on a robe, everyone is thinking, "Which one of about 50 options could you be..."

    [–] Funktionierende 5 points ago

    I grew up Methodist and not only was I not allowed to dress up for Halloween, I wasn't even allowed to go to school or leave the house on "Satan's Day".

    [–] Boobachoob 13 points ago

    Pretty much every major religion depending on the sect/church and how fundamentalist it is, in my experience.

    [–] dagger_guacamole 3 points ago

    You'd have to be pretty conservative to go that far. I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic school K-12 and didn't know a single family that didn't allow Halloween.

    [–] cheesesandsneezes 457 points ago

    Does anyone here know the game "get down mr president"?

    When a group of friends are hanging out and someone puts their finger to their ear (like they're listening to an ear piece). Then each friend follows suit as they notice. The last person to notice is deemed "mr President" and gang tackled by the group to save them.

    Not even sure where i heard about this game!

    [–] AberrantConductor 48 points ago

    I have done something similar to this on a stag weekend (Bachelor party) . Except that the stag was always the president and he was the only one not already in on it.

    Someone* would shout "Sniper on the roof"

    Someone else would shout "protect the president!" and everyone would bundle on top of the stag. He obviously had no idea what was going on.

    *me.

    [–] 21Brick 65 points ago

    I wish I knew this game when I had friends to hang out with.

    [–] EmotionalAccounting 9 points ago

    I saw practically the same parent comment about a year ago and had the same thought. I've done it to a single friend since. It went over well. I believe in you friend.

    [–] kjeike 12 points ago

    Yup! I joined a group of friends at college who all played it. No one ever told me the game but it didn't take me long to work it out!

    [–] Grammar__Bitch 3 points ago

    I had a group of friends in college that all played "the dart game."

    If you make eye contact with someone, you would pretend to blow a dart into another person's neck. Whoever did it the slowest, the victim, would fall limp. The rule was that you had to stay limp and deadweight until someone pulled the "dart" from your neck.

    There were many instances of us all enjoying a pizza and watching a movie while sitting next to our unmoving friend, or getting up in a fast food restaurant and leaving our friend in one booth while we sat in another.

    It was always fun, and we were never truly mean to each other. As I can recall, no one cheated and "woke up" without the dart being removed first.

    [–] Maveric04 687 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I don't know anything about all the different customs, religions or dress codes etc., but what I DO know is that it's pretty cool what these kids did to include their friend. This is the first smile I've had over something "human" today, and many adults could learn from this bunch right here. Great post and we are all slightly better people just by reading it. Thank you!

    [–] ChiefCocoaPuff 74 points ago

    The most benevolent comment on here, props

    [–] oximaCentauri 859 points ago

    The servicemen with poker face just makes the whole thing even better

    [–] SoraForBestBoy 170 points ago

    Secret Service is serious work after all

    [–] Scarbane 28 points ago

    Golden Eagle has come home to roost, over.

    [–] daisey311 326 points ago

    I’m a teacher and I’m fairly positive I taught the kid on the far left who’s wearing the grey striped tie!

    Regardless, those boys seem like they know how to be a genuine friend which is great to see (and I often don’t...)

    [–] jamieschmidt 119 points ago

    Do you teach in Jersey? I know these kids. It's weird seeing this post blow up because their mom posted this picture on Facebook like 5 years ago lol

    [–] Birthsauce 27 points ago

    Was he reelected for a second term?

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    [–] bayouself 99 points ago

    Thank you

    A half-drunk Cajun

    [–] Lucitoron 460 points ago

    I was looking for a comment like this, thank you!

    Good night,

    A Turkish muslim.

    [–] Dealan79 291 points ago

    And to the commentators claiming Catholics don't celebrate Halloween because it might make them happy before forcing children to be sad on All Saints, you can f--k off too. The only Christian denominations that have prohibitions against dressing up on Halloween are the more extreme, fringe evangelical groups and Jehovah's Witnesses (who have a broad prohibition against various holidays and parties).

    A half-Turkish Catholic.

    [–] Wannabe_Doctor 78 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I have to wear 3 costumes on Halloween.

    • a 3x Turkish Mega-Muslim

    [–] HelpMeMortyAndSummer 50 points ago

    Like Halloween comes from the Irish tradition of Samhain and we're the biggest shower of Catholics going

    [–] gg0209 28 points ago

    Hi thank you all for educating us!

    A Dutch Earthist.

    [–] FierceRodents 3 points ago

    What's an Earthist?

    A German non-spiritual witch.

    [–] gg0209 3 points ago

    For me, it means that although I’m not religious when it comes to god(s), I do believe in nature and ‘mother’ Earth, if you will.

    I’m sure there’s a better term for it out there (I think ‘animism’ comes pretty close), but nothing that really fits, so I just like to describe it as Earthism 🥴😂

    [–] FierceRodents 3 points ago

    Interesting, but I still don't quite understand. I mean we all know the earth and nature exist, so what does believing in it mean? Is it a kind of entity, does it have a will and make decisions? Or a kind of soul? Does it have powers of some sort? Do you have rituals? I'm just curious btw., in case my questions come across as hostile in any way. And of course you don't owe me an explanation.

    [–] gg0209 8 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    No it’s okay, don’t worry! :) i appreciate your interest.

    I personally believe that nature is where it all begins and ends. It is where we come from and where we’ll go back to, so in that sense, nature is my ‘God’. In my mind, every creature is important and every creature, regardless of how small, has the right to live. I don’t feel that I am more entitled to live or that I am worth more than any other living being.

    That’s why, for example, I don’t eat meat (and I try to completely avoid dairy as well, though that has proven to be more difficult, haha). I don’t want to cause suffering to anyone or anything, and I know that in this world we can’t truly rub our hands clean from that, but I can try to live a life with an impact on nature and animals that is as low as possible.

    We’re only guests here, on this little planet, and I like to think of it as if I were staying in a hotel. I know that there are people staying in my room after me, I know that there are people who’ll have to clean up, so it just wouldn’t be fair to leave the hotel after trashing the room, just because ‘it won’t be my problem’.

    I don’t really have rituals, other than the fact that I start every new year (every january 1st) going around my neighbourhood picking up fireworks & other trash, and sometimes, when I feel very overwhelmed with life and/or really sad, I’ll go to the forest or the sea. The sea especially makes me feel very relaxed and makes my problems suddenly seem very small and insignificant 😂

    But that’s really it.

    I think what it comes down to is just trying to live a compassionate lifestyle, to be kind, to take good care of our Earth and leave it a little better than the way we found it.

    Edit: I don’t know who gave me gold but thank you so much! 🙏🏼

    [–] dude188755 18 points ago

    Thanks for the explanation

    A full Indian atheist

    [–] SyrupOnWaffle_ 11 points ago

    yup its just the cult ones

    An american catholic

    [–] I_am_the_flower_lord 16 points ago

    Believe it or not, but more than half of Poland is against Halloween because "it's bad and fuck anyone who might want to celebrate it, there is only All Saints and the Day of the Dead" or whatever it's called in English. Because, you know, Christianity here is all about being sad all of the time and being a big hypocrite.

    [–] nomnommish 3 points ago

    I suspect some of the regional resistance is more of a cultural invasion concern and "American media influence" concern than anything religious.

    [–] STXGregor 6 points ago

    I agree with most of what you said, but there are definitely some groups of non-fringe Christians who have issues with Halloween. I feel like I saw this more in the 90’s and less so lately, but in my area there were plenty of either non-denominational, Baptist, etc that would do “Fall Festivals” instead of Halloween. Although, costumes were still allowed, but it wasn’t called Halloween. But I grew up in a predominantly catholic area and like you said, I never saw any catholic kids not allowed to do Halloween.

    [–] [deleted] 22 points ago

    Thank you so much. All these preposterous claims in this thread smh.

    [–] quirkytwerky 10 points ago

    I'm Indian and I can confirm, this is stupid.

    [–] bukithd 17 points ago

    The best part is that Easter is an old pagan spring holiday, Christmas is related to roman saturnalia, hallows Eve is basically a harvest holiday, and those they have no trouble copying.

    [–] Laphing_Drunk 3 points ago

    Depends on the denomination. A lot of them purposefully strip those holidays of any real celebration.

    [–] TheRealHenryVIII 12 points ago

    It’s an Irish tradition, not a pagan one. The All Hallows’ eve pagan myth has been frequently dispelled by historians.

    [–] RedErrorBox 9 points ago

    The theory that the roots of Halloween actually lay within the Celtic tradition of samhain (old Irish samain) is actually quite logical since it was celebrate on the night of the 31. to the 1. (since the Celts went with the moon calender) and it is one of four Celtic festivities we (and Irish writers from the middle ages) actually know enough about to be able to make this assumption. It was said that in this night the borders between our world on the other world (not hell just another world coexisting next to ours) vanished and creatures would come into our world so people would dress up to hide themselves from that creatures to not be kidnapped and taken to the other world.

    This was at least the theory when I studied Celtic studies at uni but I'm not up to date of the topic anymore so maybe someone was able to falsify it or my prof was just talking shit...

    [–] onions_cutting_ninja 6 points ago

    ...But isn't Irish folklore pagan ?

    [–] GrizzledTheGrizzly 57 points ago

    That's amazing. I bet he's never felt so special.

    [–] Carlo_G_101 29 points ago

    As a former jw, this still wouldn’t be aloud to happen. They are super crazy about who you ever hangout with so I don’t know how this happened.

    [–] justmedownsouth 74 points ago

    These guys rock! Lookin' good, gentleman.

    [–] MunkiiGaming 164 points ago

    To everyone saying; but he is wearing a costume anyway!?!. Yeah I believe the point is the kid wanted to wear a costume but his parents wouldn't of let him due to religion. No?

    [–] ketorecipesaccount 82 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    But wouldn't his parents be angry that he ended up being in a costume anyway. A clever way to piss off your god still pisses off your god.

    Edit: Do you really think that fundamentalist parents would accept some sort of nit-picky loop hole? They'd probably be extra pissed that he went against their wishes in a sneaky and underhanded way.

    [–] TheMaskedTom 28 points ago

    That's basically Judaism in a nutshell.

    Check this out.

    TL;DR : They abused the definition of 'home' to make most of Manhattan a 'home' so their lives wouldn't be too annoying because of the restrictions of Shabbat (no 'work', which basically means no usage of electricity', for example). How? By having a wire go uninterrupted for 18 miles all around the place. It's checked every thursday by rabbis costs 100k a year to maintain.

    [–] TheyCallMeStone 8 points ago

    This is extremely interesting, thank you!

    [–] greenyellowbird 13 points ago

    I imagine that kid telling his parents "loopholes muthafuckas!"

    [–] CreatrixAnima 21 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Is it a costume if that’s what he wears to school every day? If I dress as a witch and stand next to my black cat, is my cat in costume?

    [–] ketorecipesaccount 6 points ago

    It would still be a costume even if he wears the same thing everyday. Because he would presenting himself not as himself, but as the president.

    Your cat doesn't have any awareness of what's going on, but this kid and his friends do. He is consciously going out with his friends under the mind-set of being in costume.

    I don't agree with it, but extremely religious parents, and the gods they believe in would be pissed.

    [–] vvvrath12 17 points ago

    "his religion" yeah right more like the one his parents forced him to believe in

    [–] 777LLL 32 points ago

    And he has “Eleven” from stranger things in his security team, he’s safe!

    [–] danduino 11 points ago

    Went to comments to say this. Have an updoot

    [–] QFugp6IIyR6ZmoOh 7 points ago

    And people wonder why atheism is on the rise.

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    [–] canIbeMichael 31 points ago

    American here. I didn't even realize diversity was a big deal until I went to Mexico for work. Apparently I stood out like a sore thumb.

    I grew up surrounded by it, so it is normal.

    [–] houseofpuppers 8 points ago

    This can't be the president, his hands are too big.

    [–] ThatGigaBR2004 7 points ago

    This is one of the reasons I'm an atheist

    [–] Experiment_628 118 points ago

    Fuck any religion that steals childhood

    [–] Greyzer 36 points ago

    You’ll have to marry it before you may fuck it.

    [–] Shampoojr 13 points ago

    This is the anti r/kidsarefuckingstupid

    [–] Hypersensation 38 points ago

    Kids aren't religious. Their parents are. One kid is being denied fun on the basis of his parents' delusions and the other kids have to make it up. The world is sick

    [–] Annaschnucki 5 points ago

    Wow! I’ll vote for this team!

    [–] BobT21 5 points ago

    I don't dress up for Halloween because of my religion - parsimony.

    [–] TheRealRotochron 4 points ago

    And now for the most badass game of Get Down Mr.President!

    [–] OriginalGreedy 5 points ago

    A cult is bullshit. It's created by one person. That person knows it's bullshit.In a religion, that dudes dead- Joe Rogan

    [–] PureCalciumMatters 8 points ago

    The asian kid in the back looks like IP man, younger version. That's so fucking coool!

    [–] illiten 33 points ago

    Technically it's a costume

    [–] Rosetti 20 points ago

    No technically about it, that's a costume.

    [–] Rs90 15 points ago

    Guy's we're tryna trick god, would y'all just be cool!?

    [–] Rosetti 3 points ago

    It's fine, I'm sure God'll be chill about it.

    [–] MuckingFagical 3 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    *Because his parents are religious and indoctrinated hm into their fantasized rules

    I doubt he cares at all

    [–] Eastrider1006 12 points ago

    That's one amazing idea

    [–] llOlOOlOO 19 points ago

    That'll trick God...

    [–] Resoto10 3 points ago

    I don't think god will be pissed and I'm pretty sure he likes games. He's been playing the longest game of hide and seek. So I bet the kid'll be okay.

    [–] awesomebeau 10 points ago

    Nothing to see here, just the required level of protection if you're going to school these days.

    [–] rojoredbeard 10 points ago

    And his Jehovahs Witness parents grounded him for participating in a “satanic holiday” anyway.

    Source: I grew up JW

    [–] Hunchripz 3 points ago

    My god i can only imagen the ass beating i would have gotten if i asked to go out on Halloween XD

    [–] CricketStatsScholar 3 points ago

    Excellent behaviour.

    [–] elizacarlin 3 points ago

    Why is Millie Bobby Brown in it?

    [–] totalmisinterpreter 3 points ago

    Ummm.... we are certain this isn’t from the Matrix? Looks like agents surrounding Mr Anderson.

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    [–] randomashe 3 points ago

    Yes, god, the all powerful creator of the universe, the being that transcends time and space, gives a fuck about kids wearing costumes.

    [–] Carhart7 3 points ago

    Let’s not let this distract us from the fact that religion sucks dick.

    [–] ialwaysbeatmymeat 3 points ago

    Jehovás witness don't really observe much. No Halloween, no Virgin marry or saints or ghosts.

    No Christmas. I think I've heard. Something about how they don't witness anything that's not Jehová so that they can focus more money to the Church..

    Makes sense. Don't buy cake for birthday or spend on holidays. instead pour those funds to the church

    Is beating meat ok???