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Paranormal Prejudice: Religious Affiliation and Haunted Places

Some people believe my nature (a.k.a. “soul”) is in danger because I like traveling to places with ghosts. Also, they believe I’m more susceptible to evil energies because I don’t have a religious affiliation.


It’s been about two years since I’ve had to confront this issue. The last time it happened one of my husband’s friends said I was on an express train to hell because I haunt jaunt and like Halloween.

It got very nasty and ended my relationship with him and his wife. It severed Wayne’s ties a little, but him and his friend have begun talking some again in the past year.

However, ever since then, when people ask me what I do, I always just say, “I’m a travel writer.” Or, “I run a little blog.”

I’ve been able to avoid any more confrontation. Until this week…


One of the friend’s my husband runs with sort of lectured him on perhaps keeping a better eye on me. He worried I was getting into bad religions.

We’re actually pretty good friends with this guy and his wife. They’ve always seemed supportive and interested in my ghost journeying. This kind of questioning (accusation) caught both Wayne and I by surprise.

It also stumped me. What the heck did he mean by “bad religions”? They are Lutheran. I’ve never known them to be judgmental or condemning of others before.

I got mad and fired off at my husband (a case of shooting the messenger), “Why do people always assume I’m going to start worshipping the devil because I like ghosts? Do they know how offensive that is, and how ignorant it makes them look?”

After six years, they should know I’m a good person. I am not one who wills malicious harm on anyone, so what the hell?

Then a light bulb went off.

The witch Halloween costume I’ve answered the door to greet trick or treaters in the past two years flashed through my mind, as did the Halloween plaque I hung on the door.

“Do they think I’m a witch?” I asked Wayne.

“I don’t know,” he shrugged. “He didn’t say. He just felt there are evil forces in the world and you’re more susceptible to them because of what you do. Including being influenced to subscribe to false religions, especially since you don’t have one.”

I know even people with Christian-based religious affiliations sometimes have to defend they’re not straying from the path because they ghost hunt or are paranormal enthusiasts. I know a lot of Wiccans who have to defend they’re not into black magic because they do the same.

It made my heart sad my friends have so little faith in me.


No, I don’t have a religious affiliation. I do, however, have a strong, very strong, spiritual faith. I know who I am, I know what I stand for, and I know how to distinguish good from evil.

Although, on the issue of that last matter, I do have to admit Evil camouflages its nature for its own survival, and I have been deceived by a disguise Evil wore. I’m referring to the Wooded Rapist, someone I played volleyball with and whose dirty deeds became a Dateline episode.

That is just one of the examples of why I always say, “Ghosts don’t scare me, people do.”

Ghosts don’t kill people. They don’t start wars or show gang allegiance or murder for the many reasons people do. Ghosts are not greedy. They don’t steal or cause economic meltdowns. Ghosts don’t take innocence. When’s the last time you heard of a ghost abducting or molesting a child?

So, no, I don’t fear ghosts.

Now demons on the other hand…demons are terrifying. Why? Because demons are everywhere. Demons dwell within every one of us. I don’t care what religion you follow, you can never escape that, nor can you purge them.

Most of us are pretty good at knowing how to control them, but…not everyone is. Also, no matter who you are, all it takes is that one trigger to unlock your inner demon and unleash it on the world.

That’s a frightening and unavoidable truth –even for those with a religious affiliation.

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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8 thoughts on “Paranormal Prejudice: Religious Affiliation and Haunted Places

  1. Anyone noticed all the ghosts in the bible? Organized religion is full of spirits!! I guess your friends wern’t paying attention in church.

  2. Yes Linda, you are absolutely right! The Bible is chuck full of spirits and paranormal activity.

    So sorry you’re going through this sweetie. Tis the nature of the beast sometimes when you don’t just blindly follow along with all the other good little sheeple.

    “Bad religions” would likely be anything that is not Lutheran to those Lutherans. Wicca would be right up there – you know by mixing with the likes of me, you are bound for hell, right? 😉

    Of course, not a one Christian has a single shred of evidence that this place they call hell even exists.

    I can’t imagine how playing along with the secular/commercialized Halloween is going to harm anyone. Where does the Bible say it’s a sin to wear a striped cone shaped hat and enjoy bite sized candy bars?

    I’m with you. Quite honestly, folks like this (and my neighbor who did a lot of “Say NO to Halloween” preaching that prompted my facebook rants last weekend) scare me a heckuva lot more than ghosts do. We’ve seen what atrocities such people are capable of when they band together with their closed minds and act on their misinformation and fears. And how arrogant of some folks to think they have the right to butt into your life in such a way, with no regard for your Constitutional or even basic human rights.

    You are awesome just the way you are. You are kind, compassionate, intelligent, and fun. If they don’t like you for who you are, it’s their problem and their loss.

    People seem to forget that all religions are MAN-MADE.

  3. LOL, Linda! This always stumps me too. Jesus is, in essence, a ghost. Most religions are based on a ghost, when it comes right down to it. I love you think that way too and took the time to share. THANK YOU!

  4. Oh Kimberley! I missed all the rants on your FB page. WOW! am so sorry you had to deal with such crapola too!. I love your “sheeple”!!!! OMG! I am so telling that to Wayne. I think you just gave us a new word. That is AWESOME!

    Hey, if you’re going to hell how bad can it be? I’d rather be where you are anyway! 😉

    Also, I’m with you….there’s no evidence of heaven or hell. Maybe another side…but we have heaven and hell right here on Earth!

    OH…and THANK YOU! I ALWAYS say in the end religion is Man-Made too! There is no proof what God or Spirit moved those people to write some of the sacred works that people base their faith on. It’s so nice to know other open-minded, questioning people. Again, it makes me very happy for the Internet. Brought me to people like you! =]

  5. Courtney,

    I couldn’t agree with you more.
    While I’ve never had a personal conversation with you? I find everything you write or post show you to be open, funny and caring.

    I can’t for the life of me figure out why people are alway out to convince and change others. Just to let you know; I, too; am going to hell. In a hand basket. (Or so my refrigerator magnet says!)

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