We, the undersigned, call upon Derry City Council to stop the annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival which makes evil look innocent. Our motivation is love. We love the LORD because He first loved us. We love the souls of the 30,000 people caught up in this sorry affair. The word of God clearly prohibits any involvement in or support for the occult - Leviticus 19:31 "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God." Indeed, the death penalty was the punishment for anyone who practiced witchcraft - Leviticus 20:27 "A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them." Not only does the Old Testament condemn this sin but the New Testament also. Revelation 21:8 plainly states the awful destiny of those involved in this wickedness - "sorcerers...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." In light of the warnings of scripture, we call upon Derry City Council to withdraw funding from the Carnival. It glorifies that which the word of God strongly condemns. It encourages people to get involved in Satanism and brings a curse upon the city. Families are encouraged to be a part of the carnival. Little children are being led astray. We have heard reports of people having sex openly in the streets during and after the parade. These are the reasons why we cannot stand by and do nothing. As old Luther once said - "Here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." Halloween majors on death, darkness and fear. The gospel, on the other hand, presents a message of hope, love and peace. These can be experienced through faith in the precious blood of Christ. For those looking for an alternative to Halloween, we suggest the Reformation (31 October) or Guy Fawkes Night (5 November).