Monday, December 22, 2008

"Hokey Pokey" is Anti-Catholic in Origin

Interesting story from Scotland taught me something I didn't know. Here is the story:

Catholic leaders say Hokey Cokey is 'faith hate'

A spokesman for Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland said the song – most often heard at kids parties and family gatherings – has "disturbing origins".

They claim the tune was composed by Puritans during the 18th century in an attempt to

Now politicians have urged police to arrest anyone using the song to "taunt" Catholics under legislation designed to prevent incitement to religious hatred.

Peter Kearney, a spokesman for Cardinal O'Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, said: "This song does have quite disturbing origins. It was devised as an attack on, and a parody of, the Catholic mass.

"If there are moves to restore its more malevolent meaning then consideration should perhaps be given to its wider use."

According to the Church, the song's title derives from "hocus pocus". The phrase is said to be a Puritan satire on the Latin hoc est enim corpus meum, or "this is my body", used by Catholic priests to accompany the transubstantiation during mass.

But football fans and opposition politicians have blasted the claims, describing them as "utter nonsense".

Murdo Fraser, deputy leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, said: "I can't believe Scottish children performing the 'Hokey Cokey' are doing so in pursuit of any sort of anti-Catholic agenda."
I don't think anyone needs to be arrested, but apparently the story is true - that the Hokey Cokey (known as the Hokey Pokey in the USA) did originate with Anti-Catholic overtones (yes, I know that wikipedia is not an authoritative source). Apparently the overtones didn't make it across the Atlantic and through time, because I know of no Catholic who knew of this in the USA.

I do like the headlines some papers are using - "Do the Hokey Cokey and You End Up In the Pokey".

2 comments:

Keith said...

This post needs some editing.

Marcel said...

They all do.