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USA: Swastika Saturday After Synagogue Shooting

Tuesday 30 October 2018, by siawi3

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/withoutacrystalball/2018/10/14541/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Nonreligious&utm_content=44

Haunted House Hosts Swastika Saturday After Synagogue Shooting

October 28, 2018

by Katie Paulson

On Saturday, October 27th, a gunman opened fire on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The man yelled anti-semitic slurs and killed 11 congregants. According to reports, four police officers were injured during the shooting. Authorities arrested Robert D. Bowers in the attack. While the nation mourned the loss of the 11 individuals, a haunted house in Ohio, Haunted Hoochie, promoted Swastika Saturday on Instagram and Facebook. Haunted Hoochie’s social media exploded with angry protests following the synagogue shooting.

Haunted Hoochie located in Pataskala, Ohio is a 2.5-hour drive from Pittsburgh. According to their Facebook page, they offer a multi-sensory haunted house experience for guests.

Their Instagram account says, “Haunted Hoochie is a full sensory assault, taking you by the throat, dragging you down the rabbit hole and into the realm of heart-pounding horror.”

On Saturday morning they posted a link on Instagram to promote their final night of the season.

Followers and outraged citizens took to the page to voice their outrage at the party. Given the proximity to Pittsburgh, people felt the event should have been canceled. Users on Facebook and Instagram expressed anger regarding the hate themed event.

The outpouring of ire at Haunted Hoochie extended to hundreds of 1-star ratings posted directly to the page.

People also responded directly on their Facebook post promoting the event.

Haunted Hoochie appeared unfazed by the controversy. In numerous exchanges with angry commenters, the company defended the event. In several exchanges, they said they did not support hate of any kind. The account told users the event had been a tradition for over 25 years.

Haunted Hoochie also let people know that they offered free admission to anyone that wore a swastika to the event. According to their page admission ranges from $25-$45 per night.

Fed up with the intolerance, some users took action and reported the event to local media. Other commenters made calls to the local police and chamber of commerce.

Only Flesh, a band, canceled their performance at Haunted Hoochie. They updated their social media with the following statement:

Despite all of the outrage, the event went on at Haunted Hoochie. Local News 10tv covered the story, in their coverage they spoke to Timmy from Haunted Hoochie.

A man identifying himself as Timmy said Swastika Saturday is a “day of unity” and it is supposed to “bring things to mind that we stand against.” Timmy also said the group “stands against hate.”

According to the report, protestors stood outside the admissions gate holding candles for the victims lost in the mass shooting.

One protestor, Gail Burkholder spoke with a 10tv reporter. “This is evil. There’s a difference. Halloween and being scared and having fun being scared and evil. Anti-Semitism is pure evil there’s no politically correct way to say that,” Gail Burkholder said.

Whether the event was held to stand against hate, the timing of the event is in poor taste. In Pittsburgh, eleven families lost loved ones because a man hated Jewish people. Instead of honoring the loss of the victims, Haunted Hoochie hosted an event encouraging guests to wear swastikas.