Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Our newest Op Ed
- By Michael M. Bates
Most of us have fond memories of the Halloweens we enjoyed as children. The costumes, the haunted houses, the parties and the knocking on doors in pursuit of treats were generally innocuous forms of fun.
Little did we realize that we were fanning the flames of anti-Americanism around the world.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez last week told his countrymen that Halloween has no place in his socialist paradise. According to CNN.com, he used his weekly TV and radio broadcast to caution that the observance is strictly a "gringa," or North American custom.
Moreover, he warned that the celebration is emblematic of U.S. culture: "terrorism, putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people." ....................
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