November 01, 2018

Pop culture is inspiring young “Satanists” & Wiccans — Here's why even atheists should care

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews

News that two Florida middle school girls were planning a school massacre "inspired by Satan" has revived long-standing questions about the role Hollywood plays in inspiring real life witchcraft and the occult.

No, this isn't another "Throw out your Harry Potter books!" rant.

Not all fantasy and even "occult" themed movies and TV shows are created equal — you can't "dabble in the arts" of being Superman...

And the Narnia books of C.S. Lewis are based in Christian teaching; the witchcraft elements are a fantasy component, not something young readers are supposed to literally emulate.

But that doesn’t mean show biz still doesn’t play a role in shaping real life behaviour and attitudes.

As a Christian in the entertainment industry, my perspective might be different from yours.

However, I hope even atheists can find some common ground with me on the real problem here…

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commented 2018-11-02 11:21:11 -0400
Hollywood and the Devil…voluminous subject.
Google: disney occult fantasia
Lots of scary stuff there – at least what Zuckerberg hasn’t had censored, yet – we’re talking seriously evil! Yeah, you’ve been giving your children demon-worship-propaganda, and/or abandoning them to TV Land, for decades…
Disney, et al, have proven themselves – begin with the suicidal Lemming myth as an indicator of their trustworthiness…
Then go to occult symbolism in ‘Fantasia’.
commented 2018-11-02 07:31:46 -0400
Do you understand that atheists view all religions, not just popular ones, as unfounded in logic and reason? Forget the fact that I doubt you know much about the church of satan (as founded by Anton LaVey and based on his book “the satanic bible”), but I imagine that atheists would want something you wouldn’t to combat any dangerous belief system: education. Educating the children on the myriad belief systems, in my personal opinion, would lead to the same questioning I had when I realized the ancient Greeks worshipped different gods. That question was “If their gods could be dismissed as false, could other gods be as well, following the same criteria?” That answer, I found, was yes.

Now, you also understand that many people base their lives on all sorts of divination (tarot, psychics, astrology, etc), not just people who could be bad for society. We would agree that it’s not the smartest thing, but for different reasons. You seem to be on the side of “Divination? Bible says it’s bad.” I subscribe to “Divination? Science says it’s a waste of time, bunk, and foolish because it fails scrutiny every time” (for those of you who think anything positive about astrology, read all the zodiacs. See how many could apply to you. It’s because they are intentionally vague phrases meant to appear meaningful. Astrology relies on self-deception to work).

Show me an instance where science was thrown out and magic was found to be the right answer, and I’ll change my views. Otherwise, I’ll stick with all religions are misguided and potentially dangerous, not just the obscure beliefs.

Please don’t pretend atheists aren’t laughing at this video. We are. It’s comedy to us.
commented 2018-11-01 23:29:13 -0400
If you want to know anything about The Lord of the Rings, read some of Joseph Pearce’s books or see his videos. (Pearce’s own life story is incredible. Went from being radically far-right, imprisoned, converted to Catholicism, became a professor.)
eg: (Unlocking the Catholicism of ‘The Lord of the Rings’)
commented 2018-11-01 23:02:38 -0400
You’re absolutely right Ben Davies.
The ‘Lord of the Rings’ is all about Catholicism, as is ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. If parents knew that, they wouldn’t let their kids read the books or watch the movies. But if kids did know that, they would have a far greater appreciation for the genius of these books. Harry Potter is nothing but dangerous.

Our society is lacking in religious and spiritual support and direction, that’s why kids are gravitating to these super heroes because they have no heroes in their lives.
commented 2018-11-01 21:47:05 -0400
When we push away religion we invite in this insanity.
commented 2018-11-01 21:41:19 -0400
Nipping things in the bud is always the best policy Ben. Cheers!!
commented 2018-11-01 20:48:56 -0400
Indeed, Daniel. Ours is the culture of death and self-loathing.
commented 2018-11-01 19:41:42 -0400
A couple years ago, in bookstore, I overheard a conversation between two girls in their mid teens, complaining there were no “Decent books on witchcraft here.”

Then one of them just upped and said, “When I can, I’m going to get my ovaries cut out. They’re useless.”

If that doesn’t say enough about the garbage kids are being exposed to, I don’t know what does.