Does it bother anyone else that as soon as it starts getting dark (at SFGAdv anyway), out comes the red glow-in-the-dark devil horns - and I don't mean during October only. I see parents buying this headgear that (let's face it, represents satan) and putting it on their young children (even babies in some instances). Yet I don't see any glow-in-the-dark halos or haven't yet anyway. It just gives me the creeps and wanted to see if it irks anyone else. :)
It doesn't irk me because I know it is all fun in games. The kid is just doing it to have a little more fun and have something light up and the park is just doing it for some more money. I think this is one of those situations where everyone wins except for the people that try to fight it or has something to nitpick. I dont think sixflags or any other park mean to represent something satanic or cult things but to add someone fun. Come on if you were a few years old would't you think it is cool having something that lights up on your head
Sure, it's a lot of fun having something that lights up on your head if you're a kid - how 'bout offering halos too (they can make even more money)...that's what I meant by equal time. I'm not nitpicking, just expressing my opinion and hoping they'll offer an alternative.
It doesn't bother me, because I'm not really religious, but I'm sure if enough people complain, they'll go away.
Then again, couldn't you see halos as being offensive? because some people of other religions might not like that.
(What if Satanists go to the park!!?)
People get offended too easily these days. I don't really think that it's a bad thing to wear devil horns, but then again why have devil horns? Why not something else that can be made just as easily? Alien antennas would be a better alternative, because I think parks should stray as far away from religion as possible.
I agree that devil horns are kinda dumb and I'd much rather see halos myself, but let's face it: most kids would probably see devil horns as more intriguing or "cool." I like coo man chu's comment about replacing them with something else, but I also don't think they're a big problem. I think the effect we're all afraid of (devil horns eventually affecting how the person thinks, or at least contributing) starts with the parents. Devil horns are just an extra that really doesn't have much effect.
Bought the exact thing you are talking about for my daughter at SFGAm back in August. She liked it , so I bought it. You could also look at them as bull horns. People need to loosen up a little and stop creating controversy for the littlest thing.
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SFGA_FAN said: "I might be missing the topic, but what does this have to do with "equal time" as the subject suggests?"
Well, "equal time" is a phrase often used on news programs. Guests are brought in from either side of a debate to let their points be heard, and since they normally disagree (nobody wants to see a bunch of people sit around and agree ;)), hosts try to even out the answers and rebuttals among the guests, thereby giving them "equal time." (Note: There's actually a show on MSNBC called"Equal Time". The hosts are Paul Begala, a Democrat, and Ollie North, a Republican. Get it?)
The original poster was probably trying to express that, since parks sell devil horns (or bull horns, for that matter), it's only right to sell halos... Thus, giving the Christians and Satanists "equal time." :)
I really dont think them selling these horns was at anytime meant as a religious thing. How come I believe in Jesus(and have 2 gold chains around my neck to represent it) and still didnt even think about the Satan thing when I bought the horns? It is no different then Holloween. When someone dresses up as the devil, does anyone really make a stink about it? Its all in fun people, no more, no less, just fun.
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Amusement parks are private property, so the owners are not obligated to provide equal time to all viewpoints. I mean, it's great if they do, but they're not under a substatntive legal obligation to do so.
Also, I wonder: are there even companies out there selling glow in the dark halos? I would think it's harder to create a cheap halo (since the halo needs to be elevated over the head) than cheap horns (since they just sit on the head).
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I myself am a Christian....However....I do not find offense in the silly little light up horns that sparked this stupid debate. I dont believe they were intended to be satan's horns....I think that they are meant to be Bull horns....Just think about Raging Bull at SFGAm for one. Now does that not just open up your eyes. Besides...SFGAm has been host to several Christian concerts over the years. I seriously doubt that they would do anything (intentionally) that might upset any part of the General Public. Wake up people...not everything in this world is as evil as many Christians make it out to be. I confess I myself have been guilty of this...only to find out that I was wrong. If it does upset you to see the horns being sold...dont buy them. That simple. Personally I think this forum should be closed.
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Another thought on the controversy idea: just what sells more? Many parks have rides named Demon, Banshee (ha!), that sort of thing. How many parks have more wholesome names? It sells, that's all. Kids love things that light up, and the parks don't sell just the horns, they sell the strings (called liquid lights in the merchandise department at CP) which can easily be halos, and the blinking roses, glowsticks, all that sort of thing. It's all about profit, and the parks aren't going to do anything that will outrageously offend a significant portion of their public. Try not to take offense at the least little thing in a park. How about a ride that has 3 inversions? Is that sacreligious too? It's about having fun, and for some, having some odd looking gizmo blinking on your head is fun, whether it's horns or sticking a rose behind your ear.
Bull horns...that actually hadn't occured to me. But I'm sure that accounts for some of the motivation behind selling them. And I think SFGAm does sell halos, those rainbow things that people like to wear around their head. Is this at SFGAm? It might have been a different park, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't.
Chitown, having two gold chains around your neck doesn't necessarily imply you're Christian. I'm not saying you aren't, but wearing gold chains just means you like to wear gold chains, nothing more. Many rappers even wear crosses now...I'm not comparing you to them, but it shows that the idea behind them and the reason for wearing them is what counts.