Well, look, it's that great religious holiday, Halloween, when people of faith teach their kids important lessons about such skills as extortion and deceit.
So I know you're too busy today to spend a lot of time here pondering scary things like the economy and its relation to faith or the election and its connection to religion.
Instead, I'll just give you a link or two to help you understand a little better how Halloween connects to religious practices of the past.
A link, for instance, like this one, which discussions Halloween's origins.
Or this one, which seeks to weed out fact from fiction.
Or this BBC entry, which, naturally, seeks to educate you in a proper way.
I have little or no objection to modern American Halloween customs, though I think they're mostly silly and now avoid any serious thinking about death. But death isn't what my six grandbabies (one of whom is seen with me here) want to hear about when they come trick-or-treating tonight. So I won't mention it either.
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DELAYING OR DENYING SAINTHOOD?
A Jewish leader says Pope Benedict XVI may freeze consideration of designating Pope Pius XII a saint until all the Vatican archives can be open. If you ask me, that would be the fair thing to do, as I've indicated here before.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here. (My column tomorrow is about the way religion and politics have intersected in this election cycle.)