Printer Friendly

Are our children moving to the dark side?; TV AND BOOKS BLAMED FOR LURING YOUNGSTERS INTO THE OCCULT.

CULT television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed are being blamed for fuelling a fascination in the occult among children.

The TV programmes and the popular Harry Potter series of books have got kids hooked on witchcraft and sorcery, according to the Pagan Federation.

The group has appointed its first youth officer in response to the growing number of calls from children. About 100 inquiries a month are being directed to the organisation.

Pagan Federation media officer Andy Norfolk says the youth officer explains to youngsters that the principal ethic of witchcraft is to harm no one - and is not just an easy way to get a boyfriend or girlfriend.

The rise in interest in all things supernatural has received a mixed reaction from clergy in Coventry.

The Rev Supriyo Mukherjee, of St Barnabas, Cromwell Street, Foleshill, said it was up to parents to guide their children. As long as youngsters were not delving into evil, then he saw no problem.

Mr Mukherjee said: "Paganism has many forms. If children are getting involved with evil, with Satanism and devil worship, then it is dangerous, but there are some aspects of paganism which are very similar to other religions apart from Christianity."

But Canon Andrew White, International Director of Coventry Cathedral, said the trend was worrying.

"Adults and children must not see the occult as benign. Children who begin exploring can end up being pulled into satanic cults."

He added that the church had to accept some of the blame by not appealing enough to young people.

Mark Landreth-Smith, one of the organisers of the Stoneleigh Bible Week, also believed there was a danger of children getting lured into the occult, with the prevalence of supernatural shows and literature.

"My advice to parents would be to use the programmes and books positively.

"Say it is simply entertainment. But then use it as a way of explaining about the supernatural realm and the occult and how there is also supernatural God who wants to love and cherish."
COPYRIGHT 2000 Coventry Newpapers
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2000 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Hambridge, Karen
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 5, 2000
Words:336
Previous Article:Remembered with roses; QUEEN MOTHER'S 100th BIRTHDAY.
Next Article:Doorstep cons on increase.


Related Articles
Ex-model Sarah's anger at 'exploitation'.
Bewitched; 54% OF SCHOOL CHILDREN INTERESTED IN THE OCCULT.
POTTY ABOUT POTTER.
Hooked on the net.
Walk on the Dark side; Battle against the forces of evil Broadcasting watchdogs have warned that scary children's TV shows like Buffy The Vampire...
The witch is back .. and teenagers are hooked.
Harry Potter wizardry just harmless fun says teacher.
Potter-mania's bright side.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |