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Article ID: 4754
Age Group: Adult
Posted: October 28th. 2002
Satan's Fantasies 
by Kerr Cuhulain
Phillips makes many vague and general statements regarding the "occult" nature of toys and cartoons. For example, Phillips states:
"Toys and games based solely on occult practices include Dungeons and Dragons, Crystlar, Black Star and Power Lords. These toys and games feature characters performing magic, sorcery and other occult practices, as well as having certain 'powers' over others, especially demons. Many of the spells and magic used are described in books of witchcraft."(15)
However, Phillips does not name any of these so called "books of witchcraft" and makes no attempt to give us examples of how cartoons and toys correspond to specific texts.
Phillips lumps many different Eastern religions such as Buddhism, Taoism and Hindu beliefs, as well as concepts such as Humanism under the heading "occult". Phillips obviously believes that anything other than Christianity as he understands it is Satanic. Differences of opinion are not allowed. Many of his claims center around his perception that certain cartoons aren't adhering to his strict Biblical interpretation. Let me show you some examples of this.
This is what Phillips has to say about the "He-Man" cartoon series:
"The entire series is based on occult practices: magic, sorcery, witchcraft, necromancy, etc. The show also blasphemes God by placing a mortal on the same plane as He. He Man is known as the most powerful man in the universe-he is called Master of the Universe. How is this possible when God tells us that He alone is Master of the Universe?"(16)
Just because other belief systems put man on the same level as divinity does not mean that these same religions are deliberately "blaspheming Christianity." Many of these Satanic Conspiracy supporters fail to understand and accept that we live in a free country, not a "Christian" country. In our society, there are many other religions who are as free to practice their religion as the Christians. It is their constitutional right. Many fringe Christian groups are using their Satanic Conspiracy theories as a front to attempt to eradicate all religions but theirs. This is not acceptable in a free nation.
This is what Phillips says about Care Bears:
- "The occult images found in the Care Bear series are extremely subtle. On the surface, the Care Bears teach the children to express their feelings, especially those of love, to others. At first, these sound like very good ideas, but, they are Humanistic principles, which are in contradiction to God's teachings. Magic and Eastern religious ideals also are prevalent in this series."(17)
NOTE: It appears that Phillips is saying here that the only valid kind of love is Christian love, which is utter nonsense.
- "Throughout the Care Bear series, there is a subtle interweaving of three ingredients: Humanism, magic, and Eastern religions... the Bible tells us that true love is not based solely on feelings but on commitment. The Humanistic element of our society wants children to base their life and actions on their feelings. In reality, the most miserable people I know are those who have based their lives on their feelings instead of the Word of God... Humanism teaches: we are God; there are no absolutes; and we control our own destiny. This movement has its basis in Eastern religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. In line with this, the bears teach children to use their feelings to control their lives. As Christians, we know this is not true. The life of the believer is controlled by God and His will. Only He can solve our problems. On the other hand, Care Bears play an almost Godlike, or at least an angelic, role when helping out children in trouble and in establishing their own religious order and rituals."(18)
NOTE: It is pretty clear here that Phillips doesn't want followers who are empowered, thinking people. I am sure that I could list just as many people that have based their lives on their feelings instead of the word of the Christian God and are extremely happy. This is simply Phillips' opinion and more Christian dogma which he sees as the rules which apply to everyone Christian and non-Christian alike.
Phillips makes numerous statements without giving any evidence or statistics to back them up. For example, he states that"There have been many cases where children have died while trying to 'fly out the window' while imitating Superman."(19) If this is so then why doesn't he tell us exactly how many cases and give us some examples?
Phillips makes other broad and sweeping generalizations such as this:
"Often I am asked, 'Why are so many toys and cartoons today based on occult symbolisms?'... Many of [the cartoon writers] and creators came out of the 60's generation and the drug era, during which they were involved in Eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Some are still involved in these practices. Many live in Hollywood... the very nature of Hollywood leads to a hedonistic way of living, which often involves 'meditation', drugs and Eastern religious influences. In line with their lifestyles, most of these cartoon writers and toy designers are not church-going people. Therefore, they are not in tune with their Creator."(20)
To suggest that because someone lives in Hollywood they must then be up to something nefarious is absurd. Phillips is trying to turn Hollywood into a modern Sodom. Lots of Christians live in Hollywood too. And just because a person doesn't go to church does not mean that they are not in touch with their creator. I would not be surprised if some people found it easier to relate to God without such churches, given some of the activities that we have seen certain churches engaging in within the pages of this series. Phillips is doing his best here to give us the impression that cartoon writers are part of an organized conspiracy by "Eastern religions" to brainwash our children into trying drugs and non-Christian religions. But Eastern religions such as Buddhism do not use drugs in their worship. They are legal religions that have just as much right to make their views known as Christians do.
One of the cartoons that Phillips attacks most vehemently is the "Smurfs." Phillips states:
"Many forms of the occult are contained in this cartoon. The most obvious display is through the character of Papa Smurf. Every time the Smurfs have a problem, they go to Papa Smurf who whips up a spell or recites an incantation to help them out. These are very strong images to the child's mind. As Christians, we want children to learn to call on the Lord Jesus to help them through problems. In His Word, god tells us to trust Him, and only Him. He tells us not to rely on practices such as witchcraft to solve our problems. Nevertheless, children will not learn Godly principles if they are constantly saturated with images of characters using witchcraft and other occult practices to solve their problems."(21)
Here are those two messages again: The only answer to everything is Christianity and don't question God's authority. Yet Phillips' assertions that this cartoon is a good example of actual "witchcraft" are ill founded: For example, Phillips makes the following statement:
"The Smurfs cartoons also portray characters who are constantly using occult symbols. In one episode, Gargamel, the evil wizard, drew a pentagram on the floor and lit candles at each point. He then danced within the pentagram while chanting a spell. The pentagram is a five pointed star used in the practice of witchcraft. As Gargamel finished chanting the spell, a magical book opened across the room. A spirit left the book and entered Gargamel's body, giving him power to battle the Smurfs. What Gargamel did in that episode is what witches have done through the centuries. This is an actual witchcraft practice which millions of children watched. In another episode, Papa Smurf used cloves of garlic to counteract a spell that Gargamel had placed on the Smurfs and their friend."(22)
These aren't "actual witchcraft practices." This Smurf ritual in no way resembles the rituals of Wicca. If we assume that Phillips is using the term "witchcraft" to refer to ceremonial magic generally, then we will find that this Smurf ritual doesn't closely resemble the rituals used in ceremonial magic either. In either case, there are only four candles used, one at each of the cardinal points of the compass, not five. In neither case do spirits emerge from magical books. The use of garlic to ward off evil is medieval folklore. What the creators of the Smurf cartoon obviously did was dream up a ritual for their cartoon. It wasn't meant to be taken seriously, it was meant to entertain.
Phillips makes similar claims about the cartoon "Care Bears." He states:
"Magic is prevalent in the shows. For instance, a boy becomes obsessed with a magical book from which a demonic entity speaks to him and controls him. He also does sorcery with a magic cauldron. Eastern religious influences are presented throughout the series. The Care Bears fight back with their Care Bears stare, a power beam that comes from their stomach. Those who practice Eastern religions believe that the person is most powerful when all energy is focussed at one central point of the body."(23)
Phillips doesn't say what Eastern religions he is refering to here. His mixing of references to Eastern religion with references to symbols like cauldrons and grimoires would give the uninformed that these are all interelated, which they are not. Demons are part of Christian mythology. Magical grimoires and spell books are part of a Judeo Christian magical system. Cauldrons are Celtic symbols. The concept of the Dantien, an energy storage point situated in the abdomen, is a concept borrowed from the Asian martial arts and Chi Kung. This hodge podge of images that Phillips presents is simply his impression of what the occult is, not an opinion based on knowledge and facts.
In several places Phillips demonstrates his ignorance of mythology. For example, Phillips states:
"Unicorns and winged horses, also known as a pegasus, are derived from Greek and Roman mythology. Many of the gods are to have owned these mythical creatures (sic). In fact, Pegasus, owned by Bellerophon, was a winged steed, unwearying of flight, which swept through the air as swift as a gale of wind. It was believed by the Greeks that Pegasus sprang from Gorgon's blood after Perseus, another mythological character, killed her. Pegasus received its powers to fly when fitted with a golden bridle. After the death of his master, which Pegasus deliberately caused, Pegasus went to live in Zeus's, god of thunder and lightning, stables (sic). It was Pegasus's job to bring the lightning bolts and thunder to Zeus whenever he needed them."(24)
Phillips makes it sound like unicorns and winged horses are both called "a pegasus", which is not true. In fact there was only one winged horse called Pegasus in Greek mythology. Phillips is correct in his description of how Pegasus was created from the blood of a Gorgon, but there were three Gorgons in Greek mythology (Euryale, Stheno and Medusa) and he doesn't seem to realize this. The Gorgon whom Perseus decapitated was Medusa, whose gaze turned people to stone. Pegasus did not receive its powers to fly from the golden bridle. The bridle was the gift of the Goddess Athena to Bellerophon, allowing him to tame Pegasus. Pegasus did not cause the death of Bellerophon. Bellerophon attempted to fly Pegasus to the home of the Gods at Olympus, and Zeus sent a gadfly to sting Pegasus, unseating Bellerophon who fell to his death. Zeus subsequently made Pegasus into a constellation of stars in the sky.
Phillips' poor grammar in the second to the last sentence makes it difficult to say whether Zeus is supposed to be the God of lightning bolts and thunder or the God of stables. I don't know where he got that. Zeus is not the God of stables. Zeus was the leader of the Olympian Gods, and just happened to also be the God who caused lightning.
Another thing that you can see from this statement is that Phillips doesn't like unicorns. He doesn't just confuse them with winged horses. He said that unicorns originated in Greek and Roman mythology, but in fact they are far older, having originally appeared in ancient Mesopotamian art. As I pointed out in an earlier chapter, the earliest description in Greek literature was by Ctesias (c. 400 BCE), who was probably describing a rhinoceros. Later Phillips makes this further comment about unicorns that clearly demonstrates his ignorance of what unicorns are:
"Unicorns also are a symbol of the New Age Movement, which also is in direct contradiction to Scripture. New Agers consider the unicorn a symbol of innocence and gentleness personified in the conquering child Horus. The Egyptian solar hero is said to conquer through gentility. The New Age, also known as the Golden Age, is referred to as the Age of Aquarius and the Eon or Horus. Thus, in reality, the unicorn is the symbol of the future conqueror who will bring peace to the earth. The unicorn is a symbol of the anti-Christ, which the prophet Daniel described in his vision as the little horn which rises in the midst of the ten horns.[emphasis in original]"(25)
Phillips is referring here to the vision of Daniel in Daniel 7:8 of the Bible. The unicorn was often likened by the early church as a symbol of Christ, who raised up a horn of salvation for mankind and dwelt in the womb of the Virgin Mary. This is the basis for the medieval belief that the only person that could tame a unicorn was a female virgin. Many modern fundamentalist Christians now label anything with horns as satanic, irregardless of what it actually represents.
The story of the Egyptian God Horus has many parallels to the story of Christ. Both were mythical figures who died and were resurrected. The unicorn has nothing to do with the myth of Horus, so its hard to say why Phillips has put the two together here.
The reason that Phillips gives for bringing up these mythological scenes is "Because these toys are based on mythological creatures, they are occult. Mythology is in contradiction to God's word."(26) An interesting statement, given that even a cursory glance at the Bible will show you that it is full of mythology.
Phillips transfers this nonsense about Pegasus and Unicorns into an attack on the cartoon My Little Ponies. Phillips makes the following odd statement regarding this cartoon:
"...The ponies are playing in a pastel world with green pastures and beautiful springs and brooks. Flying dragons coming down from Heaven with demonic-looking riders interrupt the tranquil scene. The rider's mission is to capture four of the ponies and take them back to the castle by midnight. A creature who is half man/half goat (the cartoon makes a special effort to draw your attention to his cloven hooves) greets the four ponies when they arrive. This creature also has horns protruding from the sides of his head and a bag hanging around his head.
"The creature's demonic looking cohort, named Scorepan,...and transforms them into giant dragons.
"Meanwhile the other ponies in the pasture go to the wizard for help in rescuing their friends. The wizard lives among the mushrooms. (In the drug culture, drug users call a particular hallucinogenic mushroom a 'magic mushroom'.) The wizard gives the ponies a piece of a rainbow, telling them that the power of the rainbow will help. The rainbow is a symbol representing the 'New Age Movement.' Armed with the piece of rainbow, the ponies and a little girl go to the castle, but get caught... the little girl throws the piece of rainbow into the air shouting, 'The power of the rainbow will defeat you.' In response, the half man/half goat creature releases his power of darkness, which forms a black rainbow that overshadows the one released by the little girl... [but] all of a sudden, the little rainbow overpowers the large black one and the spells are broken. The little girl squeals, "You can always depend on the power of the rainbow! [emphasis in original]"(27)
The bit that Phillips throws in about magic mushrooms is totally irrelevant. The fact that the wizard in this cartoon lives in a mushroom patch has nothing to do with the use of hallucinogens. There isn't anything said about anyone consuming mushrooms and having visions in this cartoon. The light versus darkness stuff and the reference to a half man, half goat is an obvious reference to Satan and other Christian mythological themes and in this case the bad guys are defeated. You'd expect that this would have been a good example of Christian morals but Phillips misses this entirely.
The remark about rainbows reveals another of Phillips' pet peeves: Rainbows. For example, he later states:
"[The Rainbow Brite] cartoon series is laden with occult symbolisms. Rainbow Brite lives in Rainbow Land with her friends, the Color Kids, and Sprites, the happy little workers who manufacture Star Sprinkles... The very basis for this series, the rainbow, also causes concern for many Christians. Although many people collect rainbows, primarily for their colored beauty, few realize their significance. According to the Word of God, rainbows are a symbol of God's everlasting covenant that He never again would destroy the earth by flood. But for New Agers, those who uphold the tenets of the New Age Movement or Humanism, the rainbow holds a different meaning. New Agers use 'rainbows to signify their building of the "Rainbow Bridge" (antahkarana) between man and Lucifer who, they say, is the over soul.'...Humanism is contradictory to God's Word. Thus, any toy or cartoon series that employs symbolisms from the New Age Movement is also in contradiction to Scripture."(28)
Phillips is lumping all sorts of things under the general title "New Age" here, a trait common to such literature. I showed you in an earlier article how Texe Marrs called the rainbow "antahkarana" and how this was incorrect. Antahkarana is referred to in the book The Rainbow Bridge by the Two Disciples as the rainbow bridge. But what Antakarana or antaskarana represents is a path between the self and the universal soul in Hindu beliefs. Antakarana is also the name of an ethnic group in Madagascar whose name means "People of the Rocks." I also demonstrated that none of the religious groups using the rainbow were Satanic and that the Christian church itself had used it as a symbol of the throne of Christ. Except for the Christians, none of these religions recognize Lucifer. And all of these religions, including Christianity, are quite old; hardly what one would call "New Age."
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