So Rep. Tim Larson, a Connecticut lawmaker, has met with parents and determined that it's time to change the date of Halloween. Why? Because those weeknight tricks-or-treats are making it tough on the kids who need to get their sleep for school. Of course simply allowing individual communities to move the dates of trick-or-treating to a weekend won't do. This is the 21st century. We want the highest possible level of government passing laws to mandate everyone's non-sexual behavior.
The fact that Halloween is actually based on something, based on ancient pagan religious practice, and brought down to our culture through the liturgical calendar of the historic Christian faith, is not even worth considering. This is not just the post-modern age, it is the post-modern Internet age. And with each passing day, I'm more and more convinced that the molehill of knowledge the Internet provides is overwhelmingly eclipsed by the mountain of ignorance and apathy toward facts and data that it engenders.