Harry Potter, Twilight books get burnt among ‘occult’ items — Analysis

A Tennessee church held a bonfire for congregants to burn the fantasy books alongside Ouija boards and different “demonic influences”

A controversial US pastor carried out a bonfire of assorted ‘occult’ supplies, together with copies of Harry Potter and Twilight books, with a view to fight “witchcraft” and “demonic influences.” He argued that his church had a “biblical proper” to destroy “supplies that they deem are a menace to their non secular rights and freedoms and perception system.”

Greg Locke, who heads the World Imaginative and prescient Bible Church within the metropolis of Mt. Juliet outdoors of Nashville, Tennessee, organized the burning on Wednesday. In an Instagram publish saying the occasion, Locke inspired his congregation to carry copies of the favored fantasy books, in addition to “tarot playing cards, Ouija boards, therapeutic crystals, idol statues, spell books and the whole lot else tied to the occult.”

Noting that the occasion would “expose the Kingdom of Darkness for what it’s,” Locke denounced the Twilight books and flicks as being “stuffed with spells, demonism, shape-shifting and occultism.” He claimed that the church had obtained materials “from throughout” and warned that “witchcraft and accursed issues” have to go because it was “time for folks to be delivered.”

The burning, which was livestreamed on Locke’s Fb account, noticed folks hurl a wide range of gadgets into a large blaze within the church’s car parking zone. In a sermon previous the bonfire, he urged the churchgoers to “give the satan a black eye.”

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“I ain’t messing with witches no extra, I ain’t messing with witchcraft. I ain’t messing with demons. I’ll name all of them out within the identify of Jesus Christ,” Locke mentioned, to applause from the gathering.

In keeping with the Nashville Scene information outlet, a protester who held up copies of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ hurled a ebook into the fireplace that he claimed was the Bible. A video posted on YouTube confirmed members of the group confronting the person, who yelled “Hail Devil,” and telling him to depart. The uploader claimed there have been “atheist and pagan counter-protesters” throughout the road from the church.

Locke has reportedly beforehand made headlines for claiming that autistic youngsters suffered from demonic possession and is completely banned from Twitter for spreading Covid vaccine misinformation, NBC reported.

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