This is fucked up. In October, reports The Economist, “hundreds of churches around America hosted their own horror shows, to rival Halloween.” These things are called “hell houses.”
In “hell houses”, sometimes known as “judgment” or “reality houses”, young actors depict the consequences of drinking, partying or being gay. Women who are casual about sex might reconsider once they see how it leads to a bloody late-term abortion, for example.
The idea is credited to the Rev Jerry Falwell, who first staged a hell house in 1972. Liberty University, the college he founded in Lynchburg, Virginia, produces a sophisticated annual event called Scaremare. This year’s theme was “The DaScaremi Code.” Thousands waited in line for hours to attend. A few teenagers whiled away the time by discussing the metaphysics of the Trinity.
More details here. See: religion isn’t all bad.
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