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  Kids in Lock Haven, PA are Giving Up Their Christian Faith and Starting Satanic Churches because of Harry Potter Books-Fiction!

 

 

 

bulletSummary of eRumor:  
This story describes alarming effects in the lives of kids who are Harry Potter fans.  It says the ranks of satanic temples are filling with children and quotes a 9-year-old girl as saying, "I used to believe in what they taught us at Sunday School...but the Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies."  It also quotes Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling as saying, "These books guide children to an understanding that the weak, idiotic Son Of God is a living hoax who will be humiliated when the rain of fire comes, and will suck the greasy (censored) of the Dark Lord while we, his faithful servants, laugh and cavort in victory."  
bulletThe Truth:  
This email is fiction.  
The alarming quotes and sensational stories are from an article on the Internet humor/satire site www.theonion.com.  
That site features tongue-in-cheek stories based on current news and events and the Harry Potter story was intentionally written in an exaggerated and inflammatory way.  
None of it is true.  
Some people have either read or been forwarded the original article and apparently not recognized the satire.  
Others have used quotes from the article to write what sound like legitimate email alerts.  
None of the people, quotes, or stats in the story is true except reference to the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, but the quotes attributed to her are fiction.  

A new version of the eRumor claims the information is from the Christian group the American Family Association (AFA).

Other articles on www.theonion.com, for example, include, "Hershey's Ordered to Pay Obese Americans $135 billion", a front-page feature on then president Bill Clinton hurrying to get his teeth cleaned and to buy new eyeglasses before his health coverage runs out, and an article on a "copycat murder that lacks the artistry and nuance of the original."

Visit www.theonion.com, read through some of the stories, then click "Masthead" at the bottom of the first page.  
You'll find the disclaimer, "The Onion® is a satirical newspaper published by Onion, Inc.  The Onion® uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental."

The original article posted on www.theonion.com has been taken down because it is now published in the Onion book "Dispatches From The Tenth Circle."

This eRumor has been circulating since December of 2001.


Last updated
7/2/03
For more information:

Focus On the Family Article on Harry Potter Books

A real example of the story as it has been circulated:

Version #1

Subject: Harry Potter.......Please Read..........Take a look @ this

Harry Potter.......Please Read..........

we need to pray for ALL THE Children who read this book and other books like it.

Harry Potter Books

YOU MIGHT WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FLOCK.

Harry Potter Books?

This is the most evil thing I have laid my eyes ... and no one seems to understand its threat. The Harry Potter books are THE NUMBER ONE selling children's books in the nation today.  Just look at any Barnes & Noble or Waldenbook storefront.   Go to Amazon.com and read the reviews. Hear the touting by  educators and even Christian teachers about how "It's great  to see the youth so eagerly embracing the reading experience!"

 Harry Potter is the creation of a former UK English teacher who promotes witchcraft and Satanism. Harry is a 13 year old 'wizard.'
  Her creation openly blasphemes Jesus and God and promotes sorcery, seeking revenge upon anyone who upsets them by giving you examples  (even the sources with authors and titles!) of spells, rituals, and demonic  powers. It is the doorway for children to enter the Dark Side of evil.

 I think the problem is that parents have not reviewed the material.  

 The name seems harmless enough... Harry Potter.

 But that is where it all ends. Let me give you a few quotes from some of the influenced readers themselves:

 "The Harry Potter books are cool, 'cause they teach you all about magic and how you can use it to control people and get revenge on your enemies," said Hartland, WI, 10-year-old Craig Nowell, a recent convert to the New Satanic Order Of The Black Circle.  "I want to learn the Cruciatus Curse, to make my muggle science teacher suffer for giving me a D." [A 'muggle' is an unbeliever of magic.]

Or how about the REALLY young and innocent impressionable mind of a 6 year old when asked about her favorite character:   "Hermione is my favorite, because she's smart and has a kitty,"  said 6-year-old Jessica Lehman of Easley, SC.   "Jesus died because He was weak and stupid."

 And here is dear Ashley, a 9 year old, the typical average age reader of Harry Potter:  "I used to believe in what they taught us at Sunday School,"  said Ashley, conjuring up an ancient spell to summon Cerebus,  the three-headed hound of hell. "But the Harry Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can learn and use right now, and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies."

 DOES THIS GET YOUR ATTENTION!!

 If not, how about a quote from a High Priest of Satanism:

 "Harry is an absolute godsend to our cause," said  High Priest Egan of the First Church Of Satan in Salem, MA.  "An organization like ours thrives on new blood - no pun intended - and we've had more applicants than we can handle lately.  And, of course, practically all of them are virgins, which is gravy."

[Since 1995, open applicants to Satan worship has increased from around 100,000 to now... 14 MILLION children and young adults!]

It makes me physically ill, people! But, I think I can offer you  an explanation of why this is happening. Children have been bombarded with action, adventure, thrills and scares to the point Hollywood can produce nothing new to give them the next 'high.'   Parents have neglected to see what their children are reading and doing, and simply seem satisfied that 'Little Johnny is interested in reading.' AND... educators and the NEA are PUSHING this crap with NO WARNING as to the effects or the contents.

Still not convinced? I will leave you with something to let you make up your own mind. First the URL to read some background of what I have given you:  http://theonion.com/onion3625/harry_potter.html ( Harry PotterBooks Spark Rise In Satanism Among Children ) and finally,  a quote from the author herself, J. K. Rowling, describing the objections of Christian reviewers to her writings:  "I think it's absolute rubbish to protest children's books on the grounds that they are luring children to Satan," Rowling told a London Times reporter in a July 17 interview. " People should be praising them for that!  These books guide children to an understanding that the weak, idiotic Son Of God is a living hoax who will be humiliated when  the rain of fire comes,... while we, his faithful servants, laugh and cavort in victory."

 My hope is that you will see fit to become involved in getting  the word out about this garbage. Please FWD to every pastor,  teacher, and parent you know. This author has now published  FOUR BOOKS in less than 2 years of this 'encyclopedia of Satanism' and is surely going to write more. I also ask all Christians to please pray for this lost woman's soul.

Pray also for the Holy Spirit to work in the young minds of  those who are reading this garbage that they may be delivered from its harm.

 Lastly, pray for all parents to grow closer to their children, and that a bond of sharing thoughts and spiritual intimacy will grow between them.

 
Version #2

HAVE YOU READ THESE BOOKS OR SEEN THE MOVIES ? I'D
APPRECIATE YOUR OPINION VERY MUCH.

MARY K

Subject: FW: Harry Potter Books...Scary Stuff!

Please read and tell your children how dangerous this stuff is. Gail

Jes us died because He was weak and stupid"; This is a quote from 6 year
old Jessica Lehman of Easley, SC, - after reading the HARRY POTTER BOOKS!

The following is an email sent for the American Family Association, which
is VERY disturbing, to say the least. Please forward to all email
contacts, especially Christians and Pastors.

Dear Christian, This is the most evil thing I have laid my eyes on in
10 years ... and no one seems to understand its threat. The Harry Potter
books are THE NUMBER ONE selling children's books in the nation today.
Just look at any Barns & Noble or Waldenbooks
storefront. Go to Amazon.com and read the reviews. Hear the touting by
educators and even Christian teachers about how "It's great to see the
youth so eagerly embracing the reading experience!"

Harry Potter is the creation of a former UK English teacher who promotes
witchcraft and Satanism. Harry is a 13 year old 'wizard. Her creation
openly blasphemes Jesus and God and promotes sorcery. Harry also teaches
children to seek revenge upon anyone who upsets them by giving them
examples, (even the sources with authors & titles) of spells & rituals
and demonic powers.

I think the problem is that parents have not reviewed the material. The
name seems harmless enough...HARRY POTTER.......but that is where it all
ends. Here are some of the quotes of some influenced readers:

"The Harry Potter books are cool, 'cause they teach you all about magic
and how you can use it to control people and get revenge on your enemies"
, says 10 year old Craig Nowell, Hartland WI...a recent convert to the
New Satanic Order of the Black Circle, "I want to learn the Cruciatus
Curse to make my "muggle" science teacher suffer for giving me a D." (A
"muggle" is an unbeliever of magic)

Or how about the REALLY young and innocent impressionable mind of a 6
year old? 6 year old Jessica Lehman of Easley said , "Jesus died
because He was weak & stupid."

And then there is dear Ashley, a 9 year old (the typical average age
reader of Harry Potter) "I used to believe in what they taught us at
Sunday School," said Ashley, who is attempting to conjure up an ancient
spell to summon Cerebus, the three-headed hound of hell. "But the Harry
Potter books showed me that magic is real, something I can use right now,
and that the Bible is nothing but boring lies."

DOES THIS GET YOUR ATTENTION? If not, how about a quote from a High
Priest of Satanism: "Harry is an absolute godsend to our cause," said
High Priest Egan of the First Church of Satan in Salem, MA. "An
organization like ours thrives on new blood (no pun intended) and we've
had more applicants than we can handle lately. And of course
practically all of them are virgins, which is gravy."

(Since 1995, open applicants to Satan worship has increased from around
100,000 to now 20 MILLION children and young adults!) This makes me
physically ill!!

But, I think I can offer you an explanation of why this is happening.
Children have been bombarded with action, adventure, thrills and scares,
to the point that Hollywood can produce nothing new to give them the
"high". Parents have neglected to see what their
children are reading and doing, and simply seem satisfied that "Little
Johnny is interested in reading". AND educators and the NEA are PUSHING
this with NO WARNING as to the effects or the contents.

Still not convinced? I will leave you with something to let you make up
your own mind. A quote from the author herself, J. K. Rowling,
describing the objections of Christian reviewers to her writings: "I
think it is absolute rubbish to protest children's books on the grounds
that they are luring children to Satan," Rowling told a London Times
reporter in a July 17 interview. "People should be praising them for
that! These books guide children to an understanding that the weak,
idiotic Son Of God is a living hoax who will be humiliated when the rain
of fire comes..... while we, "his" faithful servants laugh & cavort in
victory."

My hope is that you will see fit to become involved in getting the word
out about this garbage. Please FWD this to every pastor, teacher, and
parent you know. This author has now published FOUR BOOKS in less than 2
years of this "encyclopedia of Satanism" and is surely going to write
more. I also ask all Christians to please pray for this lost woman's
soul. Please Pray also for the Holy Spirit to work in the young minds
of those who are reading this garbage, that they may be given discernment
& Godly wisdom to be delivered from the evils
these books contain.

Lastly , pray that all parents will grow closer to their children, and
that a bond of sharing thoughts and spiritual intimacy will grow between
them.


 

 


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