Caution: While Covid-19 rages, the pandemic may not be the most lethal danger out there. There is another lurking destroyer designed by some of the world’s most creative brains to bend the minds and souls of the most impressionable segment of our population — the children.
Do you care about what kind of adults today’s children will turn out to be in future? Does the texture of mentoring of young people’s thought processes matter to you? If yes, you should be worried about Disney’s new cartoon, ‘The Owl House’, which is all but designed to recruit children into the spooky world of witchcraft and the occult.
The spiritual health of today’s children is at stake. As natives of the global technological village, our children now live the greater portion of their lives in cyberspace, enjoying the never-never-world of movies and television. When, in the name of entertainment, they are exposed to cartoons that glamorise witchcraft and encourage them to aspire to be witches, then the development is no longer funny.
According to Disney, “The series follows self-assured teenage girl Luz, who discovers a portal to another realm where humans are not well-liked, and she must disguise herself in order to fit in at witch school.” Luz has no option but to take up residence with Eda the Owl Lady, “The most powerful witch on the Boiling Iles.”
Encyclopaedia Brittanica defines witchcraft as “the exercise or invocation of alleged supernatural powers to control people or events; practices typically involving sorcery or magic”. In Africa, we have more than our fair share of creepy tales. They serve to discourage science and enquiry, and instil fear.
Now imagine, in this age of nanoscience, our children are being conditioned to believe in witches and witchcraft. Not only that, they are being secretly enrolled into the spooky hemisphere of the occult that grooms them to accept witchcraft and demonology as a way to ‘fight evil’.
Deborah Bunting of CBN warns all parents: “Over the years, Disney has gone farther and farther into the darkness of the spiritual world…This spiritual realm that opposes God is real. Demons are real. And they are out to deceive your children and draw them in to be pawns of the enemy of their souls, the Devil, otherwise known as Satan. His devices and plans are to destroy your kids and grandkids spiritually, physically and emotionally. You must protect them from being enticed into this demonic world.”
I am not aware of any major religion that endorses witchcraft.
Negative as that development is, Disney, in the name of inclusiveness, has also been surreptitiously sneaking in depictions of homosexuality as normal and commonplace. While this may please the powerful LGBT lobby, it confuses children as to what is normal and what is not. For an African, coming from a continent where there are only two genders (male and female), this is a capital No.
In an episode of DuckTales, for example, a child is revealed to have homosexual parents. According to reviews: “In the Season 3 premiere, viewers learn that one of the characters…has two dads…each of Violet’s fathers wears a T-shirt with the words ‘I’M WITH DAD’ and an arrow pointing to the other.
“During one scene, one of Violet’s friends becomes excited …and shouts, ‘That’s my sister from a couple misters!’
“Although neither father speaks during the episode, they stand on each side of her as she is named a Senior Woodchuck.”
Disney has cleverly inserted similar scenes into other children’s films: Beauty and the Beast had a homosexual “moment,” and the cartoon Onward featured a lesbian police officer.
Experts including, admittedly, the more conservative elements of the religious right, are raising alarm that Disney is increasingly using “family” entertainment to destroy the institution of the family, attacking children’s innocence by presenting unnatural vice as good and acceptable”.
American blogger, Pam Kohler, warns: “We must become vigilant and alert to the tactics and schemes of the enemy to influence our children. They are already immersed in technology, and their iPads have become their baby-sitters. Please be aware! …These movies and books are not innocent entertainment! They are designed to seduce your children and draw them into the occult. And remember the definition of the occult: any person, group, or organisation that tries to gain supernatural power, abilities, or knowledge apart from the Creator God. Protect your children from these demonic forces!”
In Nigeria where content development for children and young adults is still in its infancy, there are great opportunities for socially relevant ideas that could entertain our children and challenge their imagination even in the never-never world of fiction as D. O. Fagunwa did in those days when we still had pride in who we were, where we were coming from and where we thought we were going.
About time the National Broadcasting Commission stepped up its vetting system!
Imagine your son or grandson informing you someday that he’s getting married to his husband! Or, for a moment, ponder the kind of cardiac cataclysm you will experience on discovering that your precious daughter or grand-daughter is the proud queen of the local chapter of witches and that demons were being summoned to join in her 21st birthday!
Did you say, God forbid?
Then, you better start monitoring what those kids watch on television and keep them thoroughly away from Disney’s toxic menu. There are more than enough problems in Africa without bringing Hollywood’s witches and demons and homosexuals into the mix.