Letters to the Editor

Fantasy figures

November 4, 2011

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To the editor:

I read the responses from various clergy and religious leaders in regards to Halloween and religious beliefs. Attention! This now in! There are no goblins, demons or devils, unless the terms are used in a symbolic or metaphoric reference. These terms are fantasy fiction and myths perpetrated over the years either to scare or entertain people. Intelligent and educated people do not believe in such childish fantasy but can still enjoy having fun at this time of the year.

I’m upset some members of the clergy continue to attempt to scare people with this nonsense. Perhaps it is to subjugate the minds of their followers and prevent them from having free thought and maintain order in their flock. It would seem that they would serve a better purpose by devoting their energies to more worthy social issues we confront these days.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 4 months ago

"serve a better purpose by devoting their energies to more worthy social issues we confront these days."

Yes, it's called Tikkun olam. (Hebrew: תיקון עולם‎) is a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world."

"Attention! This now in! There are no goblins, demons or devils,"

That is not news at all to many. That has been the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist Jewish point of view for a very long time. (Exceptions: the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox movements, they are literalists and believe that Satan actually exists.)

Welcome to 2011, aka Jewish Year 5772.

Bob Forer 3 years, 4 months ago

Yiddish is typically written in German, English and Hebrew.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 4 months ago

I've only seen it written in Latin/German script, but since I don't know anything about Hebrew script, I could easily have missed any representations therewith.

That said, Yiddish is essentially a German dialect, with lots of imported grammatical features and vocabulary from antiquated forms of Hebrew. Given the rather dramatic differences between these languages, I suspect that writing Yiddish totally in Hebrew script presents a number of difficult challenges.

boltzmann 3 years, 4 months ago

What you have seen is a transliteration. Yes, Yiddish is primarily a defendant of Middle German, but uses a phonetic alphabet that is based on Hebrew characters - note there are a couple of characters in Yiddish that are not found in standard Hebrew. Because it is phonetic it doesn't cause problems that you claim.

http://www.jewfaq.org/yiddish.htm

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for the info (third time trying to post this. Hope it's the charm.)

Bob Forer 3 years, 4 months ago

Bozo, next time leave the commentary on Yiddish to the Jews. We know a little more than you about it.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

"Intelligent and educated people do not believe in such childish fantasy..." Tell that to the dudes running Iran.

Corey Williams 3 years, 4 months ago

Or the dudes (and dudette) running for the gop nomination

KayCee 3 years, 4 months ago

OB didn't leap, since tg agreed with Craig, and the lte stated 'These terms are fantasy fiction and myths', it would contradict the clergy who said; "The devil, demons and post-death human spirits are real." Therefore denying there is God .

KayCee 3 years, 4 months ago

OB didn't leap, since tg agreed with Craig, and the lte stated 'These terms are fantasy fiction and myths', it would contradict the clergy who said; "The devil, demons and post-death human spirits are real." Therefore denying there is God .

boltzmann 3 years, 4 months ago

Denying the existence of devils, demons and goblins is not synonymous with atheism by any stretch of the word. Believing in these - or in life after death for that matter - does not preclude someone from believing in other forms of supreme beings.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 4 months ago

"Did you get out the thesaurus again?"

Which word(s) threw you-- "a," "an" or "the?"

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 4 months ago

Seems like he used it just fine.

Perhaps what you mean is that you need a thesaurus/dictionary.

You can get one on your computer, if you want. Maybe Craig could help you out with that.

jonas_opines 3 years, 4 months ago

The devil is in the details. It's why I've forsaken details.

Fossick 3 years, 4 months ago

"...and prevent them from having free thought and maintain order in their flock..."

That's the funny part. Members of the flock are free to believe or disbelieve in "goblins, demons or devils" as they see fit. "Free thinkers" are only free to not believe in them. That's why they are called free thinkers, I guess.

Getaroom 3 years, 4 months ago

Depends on which cosmology fairytale you chose to believe in it seems. Fear is the great manipulator of people, just listen to GW Bush and his 9/11 Patriotism speeches. Fear God, Fear Muslims, Fear fear, or fear not flying the American flag on your porch. Really inspiring stuff for sure. Back in the day, Shrub could fear monger with the best of them and still at it along with the preachers it seems.

God must have been Rebublican, sure was big on fear if not. But watch out, Guilt is on the way and might even cause you to become a priest or nun! Lions and tigers and bears! Demons and Goblins frolic under your bed, pull in your toes! Nite light anyone?

Loved this letter! Thanks, Craig Tucker.

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