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CATS, WARRIORS, PENGUINS AND KIDS

 

 

By Berit Kjos

April 15, 2007

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"Kate and Cherith [the co-authors of the Warriors series who share the pen name Erin Hunter] have always loved cats and writing fantasy stories! ... They are both very interested in ancient forms of worship, such as astrology and stone circles, and use their knowledge to give depth and richness to the cats' own mythology."[1]

"All Clan leaders have to spend one night at the Moonstone when they are first chosen. There, the spirits of StarClan [cats that died] share with them."[2-page 161] Warriors, Book 1

In the wake of Harry Potter's popularity, a tidal wave of dark, mystical children's books has arisen. Led by Scholastic, publishers across the country have adapted all kinds of occult beliefs and magical rituals to the tastes of young readers. Now, a decade later, children everywhere are learning to see paganism and syncretism (spiritual blends) as more "real" and "normal" than true Christianity.

Scary stories and mystical forces excite human nature. They always have! So have the corrupting social values that follow those beliefs. But unlike the mind-changing revolutions of the past, the current changes are driven by intentional worldwide social engineering. In other words, the tempting new values planted in unguarded minds through tantalizing tales fit the goals articulated by UN leaders more than half a century ago. [See UNESCO and World Health Organization] Their plan for early indoctrination involves classroom myths and shocking stories that...

(1) stir the imagination
(2) evoke strong feelings
(3) challenge traditional values
(4) produce cognitive dissonance, a form of mental and moral confusion caused by the promotion of contrary values. Often unconscious, such "dissonance" prompts readers to replace home-taught values with new, evolving values.
[3]

Pushing this agenda (with Hillary Clinton's support), education leader Marc Tucker declared that the new educational objective "will require a change in the prevailing culture -- the attitudes, values, norms and accepted ways of doing things."[4]

Europe follows the same global track. "Homosexual kings, lesbian mothers and gay penguins -- these are the protagonists of a new type of schoolbook for British children," according to the article, "Gay Fairy Tales for British Pupils." Promoting their message through cute, humanized animals rather than people, this plan to "raise sexually-tolerant students" will probably succeed. As UK's Project Director Elizabeth Atkinson explains:

"And Tango Makes Three" features a baby penguin with two fathers.... 'The most important thing these books do is reflect the reality for young children.... My background is in children's literature and I know how powerful it is in shaping social values....'"[5]

Of course, the "reality" the books "reflect" is not real reality, but a preferred reality -- a persuasive vision of a supposedly "better" world. It demands a global spirituality, for the biggest obstacles to mass acceptance of the new "norms" are the timeless "certainties" of Biblical Truth.[6]

Contemporary change agents know that nothing undermines faith in those trusted truths faster than today's tempting alternatives. So they train our children to love evil and despise His Word." But God tells us the exact opposite: "Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good!" (Romans 12:9)

CATS THAT WORSHIP STARS

Erin Hunter, official author of the Warrior books, actually represents two women: Cherith Baldry and Kate Gary. To popularize their love for cats, myths, astrology, and sacred sites, they have endowed their furry heroes with human minds. Cat lovers as young as six can hardly wait for the next series of books.

The first book, Into the Wild, introduces the main hero of the first series: A former "kittypet" named Rusty, who becomes Firepaw when he joins the warriors of the Thunderclan. As he rises within their ranks, Firepaw's name is changed to Fireheart, and finally to Firestar. His tribal religion looks much like the astrology and ancestral worship of ancient human tribes:

"Graypaw didn't take his eyes off the dead cat as he replied, 'His spirit may have left to join Star Clan, but the clan will share tongues [verbal fellowship] with Redtail one last time.'

"'Star Clan?' Firepaw echoed.

"'It's the tribe of heavenly warriors that watch over all the clan cats. You can see them in Silverpelt.... Silverpelt is that thick band of stars you see each night stretching across the sky. Each star is a StarClan warrior. Redtail will be among them tonight.'"[2-page 45]

The all-powerful deity in these stories is StarClan, a growing community of departed warrior cats whose spirits are revived as stars. This collective deity hears their prayers of living cats, strengthens the faithful in their battles, guides them with omens and prophecies, and welcomes them to their starry heights when they die. Notice that the words used to describe the tribe's relationship with StarClan sound much like the Biblical words used to describe our relationship with God:

Faith in StarClan: "'You'll need the whole of StarClan on your side for this one,' answered Graypaw.'"[2-page 102]

Thanking StarClan: "But first, let us give thanks to StarClan for the life of Redtail. Tonight he sits with his fellow warriors among the stars."[2-page 51]

Prophecy from StarClan: "The Thunderclan leader fixed her clear blue eyes on the medicine cat. 'You have never been wrong before, Spottedleaf,' she meowed. 'If StarClan has spoken, then it must be so.'"[2-pages 4-5]

Authority through StarClan: "...by the powers of StarClan I give you your warrior names.... "Firepaw, from this moment you will be known as Fireheart. StarClan honors your bravery...." [2-page 270]

Notice that this collective "god" offers cats a personal relationship that imitates what God offers His people. In contrast to these "personal" cat gods, the magical forces behind Harry Potter, Pokemon and Star Wars are impersonal. They seem less like our God. Children don't pray to them; they just manipulate them using magic formulas. Astrology and divination can be adapted to both personal and impersonal paganism, but they have no place in Christianity:

"Take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them...." Deuteronomy 4:19

RE-IMAGINING ANCIENT RITUALS

Long ago, stone monuments to the "host of heaven" were raised in many parts of the world. Most familiar is Stonehenge -- an ancient stone circle in England. A blend of myth, astrology, geometric measurements and shapes (triangles, rectangles, etc.) determined the placement of its massive "Bluestone" pillars. Moving shadows and rays of light would then guide its pagan celebrations: an ancient form of occult worship that God has forbidden.

The Warrior cats worship StarClan at a similar ceremonial site called Moonstone. Ponder this dialogue from Book 1:

"I shall travel to the Moonstone tomorrow," Bluestar (the clan's female leader) announced. "The warriors of Star Clan will give me the strength I need to lead ThunderClan through this dark time."[2-page 160-161]

"What's the Moonstone?" Firepaw asked Graypaw.

"It's a rock deep underground that shines in the dark," whispered Graypaw. His voice was hoarse with awe. "All Clan leaders have to spend one night at the Moonstone when they are first chosen. There, the spirits of StarClan share with them.... "[2-page 161]

A few pages later, Bluestar brings Firepaw to the Moonstone:

"'We have entered the cavern of the Moonstone' came Bluestar's soft reply. 'Wait here. It will be moonhigh soon.'... Suddenly, in a flash more blinding than the setting sun, the cave was lit up. Firepaw... saw a gleaming rock, which glittered as if it were made from countless dewdrops. The Moonstone!... High in the roof was an opening that revealed a narrow triangle of night sky. The moon was casting a beam of light through the hole, down onto the Moonstone...."[2-page 177]

Five books later, Firepaw, now a great warrior leader named Firestar, returns to the Moonstone:

"Cinderpelt [a medicine cat] stepped forward confidently.... 'Follow my scent,' she told him.... 'When we reach the Moonstone, lie down and press your nose to it.... StarClan will send you sleep so you may meet with them in dreams."

"He closed his eyes, and waited for Star Clan to send him to sleep."

"The stars were moving. They...began to spiral downward toward the forest...toward him. And the cats [who had died] of Star Clan came stalking down the sky.... All around Fireheart the hollow of Fourtrees was lined with their shimmering bodies and blazing eyes.... Spottedleaf--oh, Spottedleaf! His beloved medicine cat had come back....

"A golden tabby cat rose to his paws and strode toward him.... Lionheart...had been an old cat when Fireheart knew him, but now he looked young and strong again.... When he was close enough, he stopped and touched his nose to Fireheart's head. It burned against him like the hottest flame....'With this life I give you courage,' Lionheart murmured. 'Use it well in defense of your Clan.' At once a bolt of energy seared through Fireheart like lightning."[7 - page 39, 43-47]

DIVINATION, OMENS AND FULL MOON

Through the ages, witchcraft, divination and fortune-telling have included scrying: a magical way of "seeing" future events or omens in a reflective surface such as a "magic mirror" or a pool of water. This scene illustrates it well:

"As Firestar bent his head to lap from the stream [which reflected his own image] ...for a moment the image of his head disappeared to be replaced by that of a roaring lion. It was the beast Firestar had heard described in so many elders' tales, his flame-colored pelt blazing into a luxuriant mane, his eyes shining with unlimited strength and power.... When he looked up, Spottedleaf [medicine cat who had died and joined the stars] was facing him from across the stream..... 'Take heed of what you have seen, Firestar,' she told him.... Learn what you must be.'... Spottedleaf began to fade... and her body paled until Firstar could see the bank of the stream through it."[6 - page 149-150]

As in witchcraft and sorcery, "magical work" requires faith in the power of ritual words or affirmations and in the spiritual significance of ritual settings such as a full moon and "sacred sites."

"Firestar had begun to wonder if the StarClan was going to the hide the moon to show that it was not their will for the Gathering to take place. But for now the moon rose high."[7 - page 131]

"He imagined the spirits of StarClan all around him, sharing the leadership of his Clan.... Suddenly he... felt the soft touch of Spottedleaf's pelt brushing against his fur.... 'You are never alone, Firestar. Your Clan will live on, and I will watch over you forever.'"[7 - page 341]

Concentration and visualization are key to all magical practices, explained Wiccan leader Starhawk in her occult manual, The Spiral Dance.[8] Satan's tricks don't change through the centuries. They are merely masked behind the alluring words of changing cultures.

Much of what seems innocent and safe enough to our media-bound minds is evil to God! Remember, He said, "There shall not be found among you ... a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer... or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord." Deuteronomy 18:10-14

But, you might argue, it's just imaginary fun and fantasy! No, it's not! Jesus warned us that imagining an evil is as bad actually doing that evil.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28

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When we follow Him, he gives us the strength to resist evil -- and to stand firm in Him no matter how great the pressure. "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!" 1 Corinthians 15:56

Footnotes:

1, Click on this, then "Meet Erin Hunter" then FAQ.
2, Erin Hunter, Warriors 1 - Into the Wild (Avon Books, imprint of HarperCollins, 2004)
3, Berit Kjos, Brave New Schools, (Harvest House Publishers, 1995), page 57.
4, Marc Tucker, "How We Plan to Do It," Proposal to the New American School Development Corporation: National Center for Education and the Economy, July 9, 1992.
5, Gay Fairy Tales for British Pupils
6, The Re-establishment of Peacetime Society
7, Erin Hunter, Warriors 6 - The Darkest Hour (Avon Books, 2004)
8, Starhawk, The Spiral Dance (New York: Harper & Row, 1979), p. 62.


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Berit Kjos is a widely respected researcher, writer and conference speaker. A frequent guest on national radio and television programs, Kjos has been interviewed on Point of View (Marlin Maddoux), The 700 Club, Bible Answer Man, Beverly LaHaye Live, Crosstalk and Family Radio Network. She has also been a guest on "Talk Back Live" (CNN) and other secular radio and TV networks.  Her last two books are A Twist of Faith and Brave New Schools. Kjos Ministries Web Site: http://www.crossroad.to/index.html


 

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Scary stories and mystical forces excite human nature. They always have! So have the corrupting social values that follow those beliefs. But unlike the mind-changing revolutions of the past, the current changes are driven by intentional worldwide social engineering.