Derry City Council's Hallowe'en carnival encourages Satanism and has brought a curse on the city, according to a Methodist minister.
Rev Jonathan Campbell, from Newbuildings Independent Methodist Church, has launched an online petition to stop this year's event.
He said Hallowe'en celebrations "make evil look innocent", and has appealed for families to boycott the festival.
Rev Campbell said his church was opposed to Hallowe'en because it was "one of the two major days for Satanists", and "God's word clearly condemns and warns people about celebrating or glorifying Hallowe'en or the occult".
"One of the main reasons we as a church are opposed to the carnival is that children are being disturbed.
"People are being deceived - they look on it as harmless fun, but it isn't.
"We are doing this because we care for the people of Londonderry and this is harming parents, children, families in Londonderry," he said.
Rev Jonathan Campbell, BBC News 83 Comments
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Look for this town to be haunted by pirate ghosts when Korn plays there,
10/27/2009 6:48:00 PM
10/27/2009 6:52:36 PM
In Canada, there is a town called Huntington who's mayor is openly a Satanist. It didn't burn down or anything so far.
10/27/2009 6:52:41 PM
The minister is a Methodist..he should know better than to spread such divisive untruths.
10/27/2009 6:59:48 PM
What's the other major diabolist holiday, according to him?
10/27/2009 7:12:51 PM
ooh satan! I got news for you reverend myself my relatives and freinds are almost all catholic or deist and ya know what we celebrate it too.
10/27/2009 7:22:45 PM
Nibblett likes potato chips!
10/27/2009 7:31:32 PM
wow, i never realized how bizarrely normal the catholic church from my hometown was. they have a carnival every year to celebrate halloween. but then again, "catholics arent christian" i guess.
10/27/2009 7:47:19 PM
Now if this was in Maine, I think I might agree...
10/27/2009 8:25:03 PM
10/27/2009 8:30:53 PM
There are methodists in Ireland? They're not fucking with the Leprechauns I hope
10/27/2009 9:30:24 PM
I know the solution!
Get Ozzy and the gang there, play Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath, from the debute album Black Sabbath.
10/27/2009 9:35:54 PM
@ Dax --
It's Northern Ireland. Dude's probably a Democratic Unionist.
10/27/2009 10:30:33 PM
the old firm
@Zimmer: Exactly my thoughts. Let's hope they do not awaken "IT"...
10/27/2009 11:11:09 PM
"Look for this town to be haunted by pirate ghosts when Korn plays there"
Or more correctly, ghost pirates.
10/28/2009 12:06:12 AM
"It's Northern Ireland. Dude's probably a Democratic Unionist."
He's definitely a Unionist (i.e. is in the part of Ireland that's still part of the U.K. and wants to keep it that way), and we know that because he calls the city Londonderry. Republicans who would want a re-united Ireland, call it Derry.
And he doesn't realise that Halloween predated Christianity and so predates the myth of Satan too.
But why let facts get in the way of a good rant ...
10/28/2009 12:10:40 AM
This is one old and cranky mofo. It's a good bet his congregation (and tithes) have been declining for years.
10/28/2009 12:15:25 AM
I love Halloween. You just don't get fundie of this calibre very often.
10/28/2009 12:31:47 AM
Hallowe'en! Beware the ghosts, ghouls, devils and demons! Avoid the witches, phantoms, vampires and goblins. Remain alert for the most dangerous of all the Hallowe'en mosnsters, the Godzombies!
10/28/2009 1:01:14 AM
does this tard know that halloween was originally celebrated by the Irish?
10/28/2009 1:12:16 AM
Get a job and live a little.
10/28/2009 2:11:10 AM
The fuck is hallowe'en? Does an apostrophe make it more evil?
10/28/2009 2:29:56 AM
Two words: Prove it!
10/28/2009 2:34:08 AM
Ahat do you expect from a country that elects these sorts of idiots into Government?
10/28/2009 2:55:04 AM
10/28/2009 3:25:53 AM
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