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by Berit Kjos
"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."
"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.... [N]ew leaders have to sleep near the stone,
and as they sleep, they have special dreams."[2-page 161] Warriors, Book
"...you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you anyone who... practices witchcraft...
interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a
spiritist, or one who calls up the dead." Deuteronomy 18:9-12
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
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 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
(1) stir the imagination
(2) evoke strong
(3) challenge traditional values
(4) produce cognitive
dissonance, a form of mental, moral or spiritual confusion in people who face
enticing but contrary values. Often unconscious, such "dissonance" prompts
readers to replace home-taught values with new, evolving
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."
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....'"
the "reality" the books "reflect" is not real reality, but a preferred reality
-- a persuasive vision of the social goal these educators are pursuing. That
goal demands a new spirituality. For the biggest obstacle to mass acceptance of
the new "attitudes, values and norms" are the timeless "certainties" of Biblical
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)
the boundaries erode between truth and myths, children are increasingly being
exposed to the blatant promotion of paganism. The "new stories" become even more
irresistible when cloaked in language that sounds Christian.
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
warriors with human minds and personalities. Cat lovers as young as six and
seven can hardly wait for the next series of books to arrive.
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:
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
"'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:
in StarClan: "'You'll need the whole of StarClan on your side for this one,'
answered Graypaw. 'Call out if you need a hand.'"[2-page 102]
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]
with StarClan: "Bluestar is injured!... Is there anything we can do?" Firepaw
asked. "She is in the hands of StarClan now," meowed Tigerclaw."[2-page 187]
Prayer answered by StarClan: "Firepaw found himself wordlessly begging
Star Clan to protect his leader, to send her back to them. Then Bluestar
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
Prayer to StarClan: "Fireheart prayed silently to StarClan."[7 -
StarClan will go with you: "...the spirits of StarClan will go
with you."[7 - page 305]
The similarities make the pagan suggestions all
more deceptive. This collective "god" offers the cats a similar kind of
relationship that God offers His people. We know that this idol can't deliver,
but few children know the Bible well enough to discern the deception. Instead,
those who identify with the cat warriors will love the forces that guide them.
Those forces are designed to seem as real and exciting -- if not more so -- than
the actual power of God.
In contrast to these "personal" gods, the
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. In the Warrior books (and corresponding games), children meet deities
that resemble the tempting idols of Old Testament days. So remember God's
"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
Long ago, stone monuments to the "host of heaven" were raised in
many parts of the world. Most familiar is Stonehenge -- an ancient mystical
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
"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, Clan leader
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, making it sparkle like a
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. 'I will lead
you to the Moonstone. And from now on, until the ritual is over, neither of us
must speak.'... 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
"He closed his eyes, and waited for Star Clan to send him to
"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. . [S]ome of the starry cats, those
sitting closest to him, were achingly familiar. Bluestar!.... 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,
Divination, Omens and Full Moon Worship
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]
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 other traditional "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 -
"He imagined the spirits of StarClan all around him, sharing
the leadership of his Clan. They would be beside him every pawstep until he gave
us his last life and went to join them. 'Thank you StarClan,' he murmured.
'Thank you for staying with us.... How could I ever have thought that I faced
this battle alone?"
"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]
and visualization are key to all magical practices, explained Wiccan leader
Starhawk in her occult manual, The Spiral Dance. They always have been, for
Satan's tricks don't change through the centuries. They are merely masked behind
the alluring words of changing cultures.
Ancient Israel had seen the
wisdom and might of our God in amazing ways, yet they were seduced by the magic
and mysteries of their pagan neighbors. So they shut their hearts to the God who
loved them and soon succumbed to the tempting lures of Canaanite idolatry.
Forgetting God's warnings, they did exactly what they were told not do. They
would trust in trust omens, "call up the dead," and worship "the host of
heaven." Now, in our post-Christian culture, all those practices are fast
returning to the public consciousness. And, as in those dark days, many still
claim to follow God.
Much of what seems innocent and safe enough to our
media-bound minds is abominable 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
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.
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. If your right eye causes you to sin,
pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of
your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." Matthew
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
a simpler version of these warnings to share with your children, please read The
Invisible War, The Armor of God and Missionary
website: http://www.warriorcats.com/content.html. Click on "Meet Erin Hunter"
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. /www.crossroad.to/text/1-books.htm
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,
5. Gay Fairy Tales for British Pupils at
Re-establishment of Peacetime Society at
7. Erin Hunter, Warriors 6
- The Darkest Hour (Avon Books, 2004)
8. Starhawk, The Spiral Dance (New
York: Harper & Row, 1979), p. 62.