GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 575 • October 26, 2020
CAN FAITH BE A DISQUALIFICATION?
Lucy’s brother Linus, in the now discontinued cartoon called “Peanuts,” was in the pumpkin patch looking for “the most sincere pumpkin” who would become The Great Pumpkin whom Linus expected to rise from the pumpkin patch and deliver candy and other goodies to children everywhere – including Linus himself and all the Peanuts gang. Of course it never happened. Maybe no pumpkin was really sincere enough to do the job – as for myself, I wonder how one can judge the sincerity of pumpkins.
If you know, please inform me. It could be useful information and could help me determine who will be spreading candy and other goodies around my neighborhood on 31st October when a pagan festival called Halloween supposedly occurs.
So far nobody has asked me if I am the Great Pumpkin. They would be disappointed in my answer. If I find out that YOU are the guilty one I will probably report you to the local authorities who will then present you with a Cease and Desist Order. It is incumbent upon all of us to protect the health, including the dental health, of vulnerable children who know what seems good to them but do not know what is not good for them. There are other reasons for rejecting Halloween but kids would probably not understand or appreciate them. Kids, including the really old but childish ones, resent anyone interfering with their fun – never mind the hazards and improprieties that may be attached — including some occult religious superstitions about which we will not speak here. But that last thought brings us to the point I intended to make with this essay: Is faith a qualification or a disqualification? Continue reading