Trick or Treat

By Edgar J. Steele

October 30, 2001

Must be the full moon.  First one in twenty years on Halloween, they say.

I received another email warning today about the evil inherent to the Harry Potter books.  Good thing, too, because I just wouldn't have figured it out on my own.

I bought the first one, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," on the recommendation of a friend.  On a hunch, and for the first time in years, I read it to my two youngest children, one-half chapter per evening, stretched over the longest time.  At 8 and 10, they weren't too young after all.  They were delighted. 

Truth be told, I enjoyed it more.  I developed a whole different voice and manner of speaking for each of the characters and really camped it up.  We had a great time.  We rocked.  We rolled.  We howled.

When finished, we immediately moved on to the second book.  We finished that one about the time the third one came out.  After that one, we had to wait a while for the fourth book (the weakest of the litter, truth be told).

I had forgotten what a pure pleasure it could be to read to my children.  I didn't realize what I was doing.  That I was playing into the hands of demons and witches.  I only pray it isn't too late.

I think today's warning came in the nick of time.  The writer gravely intoned, "As a former witch, I can speak with authority when I say that I have examined the works of Rowling and that the Harry Potter books are training manuals for the occult."

"By reading these materials," the writer (a self-described pastor in Wisconsin) went on, "many millions of young people are learning how to work with demon spirits.  They are getting to know them by name.  Vast numbers of children professing to be Christians are also filling their hearts and minds, while willingly ignorant parents look the other way."  How could I have been so foolish?  To actually be delivering the souls of my own children to Satan himself!

The good pastor finished his lengthy analysis with, "As parents, we will answer to God if we allow our children to read witchcraft books.  The Word of God will prevail mightily in your life only if such things of Satan are destroyed.  This tract has been prayed over, and I hope it has helped you.  If we may be of further assistance, please contact us."

Whew.  That was close.  I'll know better when the movie comes out next year. 

And it got me to thinking.  If I could miss the evil inherent to the Harry Potter books, right there before me, what else am I missing in things that are pitched to my children?  I began to look at the world through different eyes.  And it is simply amazing how much filth and deception there is, how many mind-warping messages there are in things that have seemed perfectly innocent to me...until now, now that I have had my eyes opened by the good pastor in Wisconsin.

For instance, take Batman.  Talk about inappropriate role models.  Flying rodent, that's what he is.  And we want our kids to look up to him?  Besides, have you noticed that this adult single male, who never seems interested in girls, lives with a young boy?  A young boy that he has adopted.  Ahem.  We all know what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, all that business about men "knowing" men.  Indeed.  I have been missing this blatant mind-twisting all my life.  Understandable, since I grew up with Batman as one of my heroes.  But, now I know.  So do you.  Forewarned is forearmed. 

What's more, we have to get those Donald Duck comic books out of our kids' hands.  Have you ever noticed that he wears no pants, just a shirt with a neckerchief?  Except when he goes swimming, then he has on only a pair of swim trunks, but no top.  Which is it going to be?  There is never a time when some part of Donald's body is not brazenly exposed, ready to light the fire of lust and desire in our children.   What sort of influence is this for our kids?  Teaching them to be nudists, that's what.  Degenerates.  And we all know what the Bible has to say about degeneracy and debauchery.

And Donald lives alone with his three nephews, obviously products of a broken home of some sort. He carries on with Daisy, yet there is never talk of marriage.  Blatantly designed to break down faith in the traditional family by making it irrelevant.  Never noticed that, did you?

And Goofy.  I've always had the impression that Goofy is a dog.  But...what about Pluto?  If Goofy is a dog, then what does that make Pluto?  Sure is confusing.  Particularly for youngsters trying to gain their own sexual and racial identities.

Then there's Mickey Mouse, leading symbol and guiding light of the Disney empire.  Always the hero.  Always comes out on top in the end.  Always smarter than the villains.  And the namesake of a children's TV show for the past three generations.  Probably won't be a Christmas tree in America this year without something under it bearing Mickey's likeness.  Have you ever noticed that Mickey is......black?


-ed

"I didn't say it would be easy.  I just said it would be the truth."
            - Morpheus

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