Halloween fell on a Wednesday this year, and in most places that was the evening kids went out trick-or-treating. Not so in Kanawha County, however. Despite this being perhaps the most religiously diverse county in the entire state, county commissioners decided to schedule trick-or-treating on Tuesday, because some people like to go to church on Wednesday evening.
What gives with this shameless display of religious favoritism? I find it ironic for a couple of reasons.
For example: One October a few years ago, I hear one woman remark to another, "We don't celebrate Halloween. We think it's the devil's holiday." It's a common sentiment among evangelicals, who probably shouldn't be participating in Halloween no matter which day of the week it falls on.
Even more ironic is the fact that so many of these good Christians will go trick-or-treating dressed as vampires, zombies and serial killers one night, then go marching off to church the next.
The next time Halloween falls on a Wednesday will be 2018, and hopefully by then Kent Carper will have been replaced by someone not so willing to give preferential treatment to one particular religious group.
Whites no longer dominate America
George McGovern, who died Oct. 20, tried to hurry history. And as one of his heroes, Adlai Stevenson, once said, that is never a wise thing to do.
McGovern and his movement saw the future of this country much more clearly than did most other people of that time (the 1965-75 period). They saw that the industrial age was coming to an end and America and the world were entering the post-industrial age.
In no case was this more true than in the matters of sex, gender, race and color. What we are now witnessing, four decades after McGovern's landslide loss to Richard Nixon, was what was foreseen by the South Dakota senator and his followers at that time. We see white male dominance as no longer a certainty and the United States on its way to becoming a nonwhite-majority country.
William R. Brown