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Corporations OrbComm And SpaceX: NWO Leaders Taking Away All Of Your Freedoms To Privacy Forever Exposed.

William Cooper Exposed Orbcomm Corporation back in 1994 On The Hour Of The Time radio show. Wow! Hear Show Below. 

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OrbComm Overview and History:

Source: Wikipedia

ORBCOMM (NASDAQORBC) is an American company that offers industrial Internet of things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M)[1] communications solutions[buzzword] designed to track, monitor, and control fixed and mobile assets in markets including transportation, heavy equipment, maritime, oil and gas, utilities and government. The company provides hardware devices, modems, web applications and data services delivered over multiple satellite and cellular networks.

As of November 2017, ORBCOMM has more than 2 million billable subscriber communicators,[2] serving Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Caterpillar Inc.Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., John DeereKomatsu Limited, and Volvo Construction Equipment, as well as other customers such as J. B. Hunt,[3] C&S Wholesale GrocersCanadian National RailwaysCR EnglandHub Group, KLLM Transport Services, Marten Transport, Swift TransportationTargetTropicanaTyson FoodsWalmart and Werner Enterprises.[4]

ORBCOMM owns and operates a global network of 31 LEO communications satellites and accompanying ground infrastructure including 16 Gateway Earth Stations (GESs) around the world. ORBCOMM is licensed to provide service in more than 130 countries and territories worldwide.[5]

Founding and development of low Earth orbit satellite system.

The ORBCOMM low Earth orbit (LEO) system was conceived by Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) in the late 1980s. In 1990, Orbital filed the world’s first license application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the operation of a network of small LEO spacecraft[6] to provide global satellite services of commercial messaging and data communications services via the company’s ORBCOMM program.

During the initial stages of the program, Orbital pursued a multi-pronged approach: regulatory approvals; ground infrastructure development and procurement of sites; modem development and country licensing. In 1992, the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) supported the spectrum allocation for non-voice, non-geostationary mobile satellite service. With WARC approval, Orbital set up a specific ORBCOMM program for the development of satellites and ground infrastructure, and ORBCOMM became a wholly owned subsidiary of Orbital. In 1995, ORBCOMM was granted a full license to operate a network with up to 200,000 mobile Earth stations (MESs).

ORBCOMM began procuring Gateway Earth Station (GES) locations and contracted with a division of Orbital Sciences, located in Mesa, AZ, to develop and build four sets of GESs and associated spares. Land for the four GESs was procured or leased in Arizona, Washington, New York and Georgia.

After the 1992 WARC approval, ORBCOMM signed contracts with three modem developers and manufacturers: Kyushu Matsushita Electric Company, a division of Panasonic; Elisra Electronic Systems, an Israeli company with expertise in electronic warfare systems; and Torrey Science & Technology, a small San Diego-based company with long ties to Orbital Sciences. Panasonic provided the first ORBCOMM-approved MES in March 1995. Elisra followed with the EL2000 in late 1995, and Torrey Science provided the ComCore 200 in April 1996.

During the development of equipment, ORBCOMM also pursued licensing and regulatory approvals in several countries. By 1995, ORBCOMM had obtained regulatory approval in 19 countries, with a number of additional countries well into the regulatory process. ORBCOMM was also in initial negotiations with groups in Indonesia, EMEA and Italy for becoming ORBCOMM licensees, as well as GES operators in their respective regions.

During the conceptual stages of the LEO satellite communications system, Orbital Sciences purchased a small company in Boulder, Colorado specializing in small-satellite design. This company built the first three satellites in the ORBCOMM system: ORBCOMM X, Communications Demonstration Satellite (CDS) 1 and CDS 2. ORBCOMM X was lost after a single orbit. To validate the feasibility of commercially tracking and communicating with a LEO satellite, Orbital built an additional communications payload and flew this payload on an SR-71 in 1992. These tests were successful, and work on CDS 1 and 2 continued. CDS 1 and CDS 2 were launched in February and April 1992 respectively. These satellites were used to further validate the design of the network and were showcased in Orbital’s plans to sign up an equity partner for the completion of the ORBCOMM System.

In June 1992, Orbital created an equal partnership called ORBCOMM Global L.P. with Teleglobe Mobile Partners (Teleglobe Mobile), an affiliate of Teleglobe Inc., for the design and development of the LEO satellite system. Teleglobe Mobile invested million in the project and also provided international service distribution. Orbital agreed to construct and launch satellites for the ORBCOMM system and to construct the satellite control center, the network control center and four U.S. gateway Earth stations.

In April 1995, two satellites (F Plane) were launched, and in the summer the ORBCOMM global mobile data communications network was tested. Teleglobe Mobile invested an additional million in the project that year and joined Orbital as a full joint-venture partner in ORBCOMM. In February 1996, ORBCOMM initiated the world’s first commercial service for global mobile data communications provided by LEO satellites. ORBCOMM also raised an additional million.[7] In October 1996, ORBCOMM licensed Malaysian partner Technology Resources Industries Bhd. (TRI) to sell ORBCOMM’s global two-way messaging service in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. TRI became the owner of a 15% stake in ORBCOMM, Teleglobe owning 35% and the rest held by Orbital.[8]

In December 1997, ORBCOMM launched 8 satellites (A Plane). In 1998 ORBCOMM launched 2 satellites (G Plane) in February, 8 satellites (B Plane) in August and 8 satellites (C Plane) in September. After a short hiatus, ORBCOMM launched 7 more satellites (D Plane) in December 1999.

With the launch and operation of the C Plane satellites, ORBCOMM became the first commercial provider of global LEO satellite data and messaging communications services. ORBCOMM inaugurated full commercial service with its satellite-based global data communications network on November 30, 1998. In March 1998, the FCC expanded ORBCOMM’s original license from 36 to 48 satellites.[9]

In January 2000, Orbital halted funding of ORBCOMM, and Teleglobe and Orbital signed a new partnership agreement with 67% ownership to Teleglobe and 33% to Orbital.[10] In May 2000, Teleglobe ceased funding ORBCOMM. Like its voice-centric competitors Iridium and Globalstar, it filed for Chapter 11 protection, in September 2000.

New ownership

In 2001, a group of private investors purchased ORBCOMM and its assets out of an auction process, and ORBCOMM LLC was organized on April 4, 2001. On April 23, 2001, this group of investors acquired substantially all of the non-cash assets of ORBCOMM Global L.P. and its subsidiaries, which included the in-orbit satellites and supporting U.S. ground infrastructure equipment that the company owns today. At the same time, ORBCOMM LLC also acquired the FCC licenses required to own and operate the communications system from a subsidiary of Orbital Sciences Corporation, which was not in bankruptcy, in a related transaction. ORBCOMM issued a public offering of stock in November 2006. The company sold 9.23 million shares of common stock.

In September, 2007, ORBCOMM Inc. was sued for its IPO prospectus containing inaccurate statements of material fact. It failed to disclose that demand for the company’s products was weakening. In 2009, a payment of was agreed.[11]

In September 2009, ORBCOMM signed a contract with SpaceX to launch ORBCOMM’s next-generation OG2 satellite constellation.[12]

ORBCOMM launched its commercial Satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) service in 2009.[13] AIS technology is used mainly for collision avoidance, but also for maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, and environmental monitoring. AIS launched two additional satellites, VesselSat-1 and VesselSat-2, in January 2011 and October 2012 respectively.

On July 14, 2014 ORBCOMM launched six next-generation OG2 satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

In December 2015, the company launched eleven OG2 satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This dedicated launch marked ORBCOMM’s second and final OG2 mission to complete its next-generation satellite constellation.[14]

Network services

ORBCOMM provides satellite data services. As of May 2016, ORBCOMM has more than 1.6 million billable subscriber communicators.[37] ORBCOMM has control centers in the United StatesBrazilJapan, and South Korea, as well as U.S. ground stations in New YorkGeorgiaArizonaWashington and international ground stations in Curaçao, Italy, Australia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia. Plans for additional ground station locations are under way.

The ORBCOMM satellite network is best suited for users who send small amounts of data. To avoid interference, terminals are not permitted to be active more than 1% of the time, and thus they may only execute a 450 ms data burst twice every 15 minutes. The latency inherent in ORBCOMM’s network design prevents it from supporting certain safety-critical applications.

ORBCOMM’s acquisition of SkyWave Mobile Communications in January 2015 gave the company access to higher bandwidth, lower-latency satellite products and services that leverage IsatData Pro (IDP) technology over Inmarsat‘s global L-band satellite network.

ORBCOMM’s direct competition includes Globalstar‘s simplex services (which ORBCOMM also resells) and L-band leased capacity services such as those offered by SkyBitz. ORBCOMM’s most significant competitor is Iridium Communications, which offers the Iridium SBD service, which features data packet, latency and antenna capabilities similar to that of IDP technology, which is now jointly owned by ORBCOMM and Inmarsat.

ORBCOMM satellite services can be easily integrated with business applications. Customer data can be retrieved or auto-forwarded via SMTP or HTTP/XML feed directly over the Internet or through a dedicated link.[38]

ORBCOMM also partners with seven different cellular providers to offer wireless connectivity, cellular airtime data plans and SIM cards for M2M and IoT applications.[39]

ORBCOMM’s other network service business is Automatic Identification System, or AIS, which is a widely deployed system used to track ocean vessels. Six satellites with AIS capability were launched in June 2008, referred to as the Quick Launch satellites. However, all six satellites eventually failed prematurely. When ORBCOMM’s next generation satellites launched on July 14, 2014, each one was equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) payload to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped vessels for ship tracking and other maritime applications. ORBCOMM combines its satellite AIS data with a variety of terrestrial feeds to track over 150,000 vessels daily for over 100 customers in a variety of government and commercial organizations.[40]

Source: Orbcomm.com

The Global Leader in Asset Tracking, Monitoring and Control

ORBCOMM (Nasdaq: ORBC) is a global leader and innovator in the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), providing solutions that connect businesses to their assets to deliver increased visibility and operational efficiency. The company offers a broad set of asset monitoring and control solutions, including seamless satellite and cellular connectivity, unique hardware and powerful applications, all backed by end-to-end customer support, from installation to deployment to customer care. ORBCOMM has a diverse customer base including premier OEMs, solutions customers and channel partners spanning transportationsupply chain, warehousing and inventoryheavy equipmentmaritimenatural resources and government.

ORBCOMM at-a-glance:

The largest satellite IoT and M2M player in the world

The industry standard for satellite communications

The most versatile single source for satellite, cellular and dual-mode offerings

The innovative leader in IoT and M2M technologies

The industry’s largest, most diverse technical team

Brochure – ORBCOMM: Connecting the World’s Assets (.pdf)

OUR HISTORY

Over the last 20 years, ORBCOMM has successfully established a strong position of leadership, innovation and expertise in the global IoT and M2M industry.

Acquisitions

Acquisitions have played a key role in shaping ORBCOMM’s evolution and what has enabled the company to offer the most comprehensive suite of capabilities in the industrial IoT and M2M industry today. Some key recent milestones in this area include:

Blue Tree Systems (2017)

The acquisition of Blue Tree adds truck in-cab and refrigerated fleet vehicle solutions to ORBCOMM’s expansive transportation portfolio. Customers now have access to the industry’s most comprehensive, integrated offering encompassing nearly all transportation assets—from in-cab to fleet vehicles to refrigerated assets to dry vans—from one source, solidifying ORBCOMM’s global leadership position in transportation and industrial IoT. Blue Tree’s market leadership also adds strength and distribution in key geographies such as Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

inthinc (2017)

With a superior portfolio of telematics solutions, inthinc, Inc. provides a solid entry point for ORBCOMM into the vehicle fleet management market. inthinc’s offering complements and strengthens the company’s existing transportation and heavy equipment product portfolio, allowing customers to access a broader set of asset monitoring solutions. ORBCOMM will expand inthinc’s core telematics services to its existing transportation and heavy equipment markets and broaden inthinc’s global footprint through its widespread distribution channels.

Skygistics (2016)

With the acquisition of Skygistics (PTY) Ltd. and its South African and Australian subsidiaries, ORBCOMM adds distribution for ORBCOMM’s broad range of products in some of the fastest growing IoT markets, including South Africa and 22 other African nations. Based outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Skygistics provides a broad range of satellite and cellular connectivity options as well as telematics solutions centered around the management of remote and mobile assets to more than 250 telematics and enterprise customers.

WAM Technologies (2015)

ORBCOMM acquired WAM Technologies LLC (WAM), an affiliate of Mark-It Services, Inc. and leading provider of remote management and control solutions for ocean transport refrigerated containers and intermodal equipment. The acquisition of WAM expands and strengthens ORBCOMM’s industry-leading cold chain monitoring solutions, which include trailers, rail cars, gensets and now sea containers. With the addition of WAM’s installed base, ORBCOMM becomes the clear leader in monitoring cargo shipments.

SkyWave Mobile Communications (2015)

The acquisition of SkyWave—the largest M2M service provider on the Inmarsat global L-band satellite network—furthers ORBCOMM’s strategy to provide the most complete set of options and capabilities in the M2M industry. With the addition of SkyWave, ORBCOMM now has one of the largest combined engineering teams in the M2M industry as well as new economies of scale, distribution channels and geographies. The addition of SkyWave’s higher bandwidth, low-latency satellite products and services that leverage the IsatDataPro (IDP) technology further expands the breadth of ORBCOMM’s solutions portfolio.

InSync Software (2015)

The addition of InSync Software—a premier provider of Internet of Things (IoT) enterprise solutions and versatile, turn-key software applications—adds significant application capabilities and allows customers to rapidly deploy M2M and IoT solutions across ORBCOMM’s core markets. By expanding InSync’s uniform software platform beyond RFID, cellular and sensor technologies to include satellite, customers benefit from reduced development costs, time to market and improved ROI.

Euroscan (2014)

With its acquisition of Euroscan—a leading M2M provider of refrigerated transportation temperature compliance recording systems—ORBCOMM adds its integrated, turnkey systems that are used worldwide to ensure the safe and secure transportation of food and pharmaceuticals by monitoring and assuring temperature compliance throughout the supply chain. Euroscan also adds a significant distribution channel in Europe and other key geographies, while Ameriscan adds scale and an expanded portfolio of cold chain monitoring services that complement ORBCOMM’s North American transportation operations.

SENS Asset Tracking (2013)

The acquisition of Comtech’s Sensor Enabled Notification System (SENS) operation—a market leader in one-way satellite products and services—supports ORBCOMM’s multi-network operator strategy and strengthens its position as the leading provider of satellite and cellular communications for the M2M industry. The SENS system, which consists of satellite-based tracking devices, a network hub and an Internet-based back-office platform, enables customers in the government, defense, transportation, logistics, and oil and gas industries to retrieve and view critical data from the field via the Globalstar satellite network.

GlobalTrak (2013)

The GlobalTrak acquisition is a significant step in building the company’s diverse portfolio of end-to-end solutions and enables ORBCOMM to expand its integrated M2M services into new industrial and geographic markets. Combining GlobalTrak’s advanced container and vehicle tracking technology with ORBCOMM’s existing capabilities creates a new suite of product offerings across an expanded global distribution network. GlobalTrak gives ORBCOMM access to military, international, government, and commercial customers as well as expanded geographical reach in growing regions such as the Middle East, Asia and South America.

MobileNet (2013)

By acquiring MobileNet, ORBCOMM can directly address opportunities within the heavy equipment industry through Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), dealers and fleet owners. Through MobileNet’s flexible, proven telematics platform, ORBCOMM can offer the industry a complete fleet management solution while reducing development costs and time to market. MobileNet’s key customers include Doosan North America, a world-class construction equipment company, and leading rail companies Union Pacific, CSX and BNSF.

PAR LMS (2012)

The acquisition of PAR Logistics Management Systems (PAR LMS)—a leading provider of advanced solutions for monitoring transport assets and cargo—expands ORBCOMM’s satellite, terrestrial and dual-mode offerings, and advances sales growth in attractive business segments. The addition of PAR LMS furthers ORBCOMM’s growth strategy by enhancing value-added services, improving economies of scale in manufacturing and service delivery and providing an expanded customer base with some of the most advanced products in the telematics industry.

StarTrak Systems (2011)

The acquisition of StarTrak and its ReeferTrak® and GenTrakTM brands are an important milestone in the continued evolution of ORBCOMM as an innovative, satellite-based M2M communications services company. A leading provider of tracking, monitoring and control services for the refrigerated transport market, StarTrak provides customers with the ability to proactively monitor, manage and remotely control their refrigerated transport assets. In addition to relationships with leading refrigerated unit manufacturers such as Carrier and Thermo King, StarTrak’s customers include well-known brands such as Tropicana, Maersk Line, Prime Inc, CR England, FFE Transport, Inc. and Exel Transportation.

“Although Verichip has been liquidated and is no longer around. The fact that it was being produced is concerning and shows most likely they have a implantable microchip ready to be used. Satellight infrastructure has to be in place first though.” Old article below from WND.” Michael Difensore. 

Deal forged to equip VeriChip with GPS.

Source: WND.com

WND StaffPublished December 23, 2004 at 1:00am

Setting the stage for controversial tracking technology, the satellite telecommunications company ORBCOMM has signed an agreement with VeriChip Corp., maker of the world’s first implantable radio frequency identification microchip.

VeriChip, a subsidiary of Applied Digital, will work with ORBCOMM to develop and market new military, security and health-care applications in the U.S. and around the world, the company said.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Applied Digital has created and successfully field-tested a prototype of an implant for humans with GPS, or global positioning satellite, technology.

Once inserted into a human, it can be tracked by GPS technology and the information relayed wirelessly to the Internet, where an individual’s location, movements and vital signs can be stored in a database for future reference.

“ORBCOMM’s relationship with VeriChip provides yet another new and important industry that will use the ORBCOMM satellite system and its ground infrastructure network to transmit messages globally,” ORBCOMM CEO Jerry Eisenberg said.

Initially, after privacy concerns and verbal protests over marketing the technology for government use, Applied backed away from public discussion about such implants and the possibility of using them to usher in a “cashless society.”

In addition, to quell privacy concerns, the company issued numerous denials, stating it had no plans for implants.

When WND reported in April 2002 that the company planned such implant technology, Applied Digital spokesman Matthew Cossolotto accused WND of intentionally printing falsehoods.

Less than three weeks later, however, the company issued a press release announcing that it was accelerating development on a GPS implant.

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Implantable-chip company attacks WND

What Is Internet Of Things?

Source: Wired.co.uk

From hairbrushes to scales, consumer and industrial devices are having chips inserted into them to collect and communicate data

Smart toasters, connected rectal thermometers and fitness collars for dogs are just some of the everyday “dumb items” being connected to the web as part of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Connected machines and objects in factories offer the potential for a ‘fourth industrial revolution’, and experts predict more than half of new businesses will run on the IoT by 2020.

Here’s everything you need to know about the increasingly connected world.


What is the Internet of Things?

In the broadest sense, the term IoT encompasses everything connected to the internet, but it is increasingly being used to define objects that “talk” to each other. “Simply, the Internet of Things is made up of devices – from simple sensors to smartphones and wearables – connected together,” Matthew Evans, the IoT programme head at techUK, says.

By combining these connected devices with automated systems, it is possible to “gather information, analyse it and create an action” to help someone with a particular task, or learn from a process. In reality, this ranges from smart mirrors to beacons in shops and beyond.

“It’s about networks, it’s about devices, and it’s about data,” Caroline Gorski, the head of IoT at Digital Catapult explains. IoT allows devices on closed private internet connections to communicate with others and “the Internet of Things brings those networks together. It gives the opportunity for devices to communicate not only within close silos but across different networking types and creates a much more connected world.”


Why do connected devices need to share data?

An argument has been raised that only because something can be connected to the internet doesn’t mean it should be, but each device collects data for a specific purpose that may be useful to a buyer and impact the wider economy.

Within industrial applications, sensors on product lines can increase efficiency and cut down on waste. One study estimates 35 per cent of US manufacturers are using data from smart sensors within their set-ups already. US firm Concrete Sensors has created a device that can be inserted into concrete to provide data on the material’s condition, for instance.

“IoT offers us opportunity to be more efficient in how we do things, saving us time, money and often emissions in the process,” Evans says. It allows companies, governments and public authorities to re-think how they deliver services and produce goods.

“The quality and scope of the data across the Internet of Things generates an opportunity for much more contextualised and responsive interactions with devices to create a potential for change,” continued Gorski. It “doesn’t stop at a screen”.

Where does the IoT go next?

Even those who have purchased one of the myriad smart home products – from lightbulbs, switches, to motion sensors – will attest to the fact IoT is in its infancy. Products don’t always easily connect to each other and there are significant security issues that need to be addressed.

A report from Samsung says the need to secure every connected device by 2020 is “critical”. The firm’s Open Economy document says “there is a very clear danger that technology is running ahead of the game”. The firm said more than 7.3 billion devices will need to be made secure by their manufacturers before 2020.

“We are looking at a future in which companies will indulge in digital Darwinism, using IoT, AI and machine learning to rapidly evolve in a way we’ve never seen before,” Brian Solis, from Altimeter Group, who helped on the research said.

IoT botnets, created using a network of out-of-date devices took large websites and services offline in 2016. A Chinese firm later recalled 4.3 million unsecured connected cameras. The ease of bringing down the internet using IoT devices was revealed when instead of malicious purposes, the botnet was revealed to have been created to game Minecraft.


But aren’t there privacy implications?

Everything that’s connected to the internet can be hacked, IoT products are no exception to this unwritten rule. Insecure IoT systems led to toy manufacturer VTech losing videos and pictures of children using its connected devices.

There’s also the issue of surveillance. If every product becomes connected then there’s the potential for unbridled observation of users. If a connected fridge tracks food usage and consumption, takeaways could be targeted at hungry people who have no food. If a smartwatch can detect when you’re having sex, what is to stop people with that data using it against the watches’ wearer.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” James Clapper, the US direction or national intelligence said in 2016. Wikileaks later claimed the CIA has been developing security exploits for a connected Samsung TV.


We need reliable standards

At the centre of creating a vast, reliable IoT network lies one significant issue: compatible standards. Connected objects need to be able to speak to each other to transfer data and share what they are recording. If they all run on different standards, they struggle to communicate and share. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Standards Association lists a huge number of standards being developed and worked on for different applications.

“Additional needs are emerging for standardisation,” the Internet Society says. If standardisation happens it will let more devices and applications be connected.

To try and tackle this issue on an enterprise scale, Microsoft has introduced its own system for IoT devices. Called IoT Central, TechCrunch, reports the system gives businesses a managed central platform for setting up IoT devices. Microsoft claims the system will simply the creation of IoT networks.

Gorski described IoT, even among those with the most experience of the concept, as a “relatively immature market” but said 2016 may have been a turning point. The Hypercat standard is now supported by ARM, Intel, Amey, Bae Systems and Accenture and the firms are currently agreeing on a format for “exposing collections” of URLs, for example.

“In the short term, we know [IoT] will impact on anything where there is a high cost of not intervening,” Evans said. “And it’ll be for simpler day-to-day issues – like finding a car parking space in busy areas, linking up your home entertainment system and using your fridge webcam to check if you need more milk on the way home.

“Ultimately what makes it exciting is that we don’t yet know the exact use cases and just that it has the potential to have a major impact on our lives.”

This article was originally published in January 2017. It has since been updated with further IoT information.

Proof The Harry Potter Book Series Teach Children About Witchcraft And The Occult.

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Source: HarryPotterPower.com

Updated: March 4/2012

A Journey Into An Evil World.

The Harry Potter Books Are Witchcraft.

As of January 2008, 180 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been printed. You will find them in over 45 languages, in 135 countries. The worldwide gross dollars for the Harry Potter films is $3.8 billion. Over 1.5 million audio versions have been sold. Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the books, has netted $350 million in profits from their sale. The author, J.K. Rowling, is now the richest woman in Britain(June 23, 2007) and the first billionaire in history who obtained it by writing books.

 

The seven books are:

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1999)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2005)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow (2007)

 

Five million copies of the Phoenix book were sold the first day, with initial printings over 8.5 million copies. Movie receipts for opening day were $44.8 million; 12 million copies of Deathly Hallow were initially printed. As of January 14, 2008, the five Harry Potter films have become the biggest franchise in history after taking $4.47 billion at the world box office. The expected cost to build a Harry Potter theme park in Orlando is $265 million, set to open in 2009.

A total of seven books were planned because Rowling says seven is a magic number. (In this chapter, all reference paging to these books are to the original books, not the lower-cost paperbacks.)

It is as if a magical spell has been cast over the world, and everyone must buy and love those books and everything associated with them. All types of children’s toys, figures, trading cards, roll-playing games (similar to Dungeons & Dragons), costume clothes, computer games, book bags, posters, clocks, shirts, eye glasses, towels, blankets, playing cards, pens, lunch boxes, and candies are being marketed. Warner Bros. is producing a full-length motion picture to match each of the seven Potter books.

“The Harry Potter phenomenon is unprecedented in children’s literature.”—Diane Roback, children’s book editor, Publisher’s Weekly, quoted in USA Today, December 2, 1999.

“It’s mind-boggling. It would be easy to attribute Harry Potter’s success to some form of magical intervention.”—Jean Feiwel, Scholastic representative, quoted in Los Angels Times, October 22, 1999.

Complete sets of study books and classroom study guides have been prepared, “to improve the curriculum” in public schools; so schoolteachers can lead their students through “the origins and mysteries of Harry’s world,” including its occult rituals. (See “Harry Potter Can Help Parents and Teachers Educate Kids, Children’s Book Expert Says,” PR Newswire, August 17, 2000.)

Beacham Publications has released the teacher’s sourcebook, Exploring Harry Potter, with all kinds of teacher’s aids which include “witches, druids, goddess worshipers, and other pagans in America today.”

A recent Gallup poll found that almost one-third of all parents with kids under eighteen have children who have read a Harry Potter book (Break­­­point, July 14, 2000).

Are children being confused into thinking that these magical powers and people are real? Yes, they are. Rowling, herself, said this: “I get letters from children addressed to Professor Dumbledore, and it’s not a joke, begging to be let into Hogworts, and some of them are really sad. Because they want it to be true so badly they’ve convinced themselves it’s true.”—Rowling, Newsweek, July 1, 2000.

J.K. Rowling claims that the idea for the Harry Potter books suddenly came to her one day in 1990 while riding on a train. So she just started writing, and everything came to mind as she wrote. At least, that is what she says.

“The character of Harry just strolled into my head . . I really did feel he was someone who walked up and introduced himself to my mind’s eye.”—Rowling, quoted in Reuters, July 17, 2000.

Believing her, readers think that, while she never had any prior knowledge of witchcraft, everything in the books just popped into her imagination. But, as we will discover, the reality is far different.

Whether or not Rowling is a practicing witch, she has, for years, studied deeply into the blackest of witchcraft training manuals. And she is pouring it all into her seven books. The Harry Potter books teach every lurid aspect of witchcraft!

Joanne Kathleen Rowling grew up in Scotland. What she doesn’t tell you is that, since childhood, she has tried to learn everything she can about witchcraft.

According to Ian Potter (a childhood friend, whose last name she used in her book titles), Rowling used to dress up as a witch all the time. Ian’s younger sister, Vikki, also remembers those days when they were growing up together.

“Our favorite thing was to dress up as witches. We used to dress up and play witch all the time. My brother would dress up as a wizard. Joanne was always reading witchcraft stories to us . . We would make secret potions for her. She would always send us off to get twigs for the potions.”—Ian Potter and Vikki Potter, quoted in Danielle Demetriou, “Harry Potter and the Source of Inspiration,” Electronic Telegraph, July 1, 2000.

Trying to hide her years of witchcraft involvement, Rowling falsely claims that she knows little about witchcraft and really has no interest in it.

“I truly am bemused that anyone who has read the books could think that I am a proponent of the occult in any serious way. I don’t believe in witchcraft, in the sense that they’re talking about, at all . . I don’t believe in magic in the way I describe it in my books.”—“Success Stuns Harry Potter Author,” Associated Press, July 6, 2000.

But, during a 1999 interview, Rowling admitted that, in the process of writing the books, she had studied mythology, witchcraft, and the exact words used in witches’ spells.

“I do a certain amount of research, and folklore is quite important in books. So where I’m mentioning a creature or a spell that people used to believe genuinely would work—of course, it didn’t . . then, I will find out exactly what the words were, and I will find out exactly what the characteristics of that creature or ghost were supposed to be . . [Much of sorcery material in the books] are things that people genuinely used to believe in Britain.”—J.K.R. interview on National Public Radio, October 20, 1999.

The truth is that she earlier graduated from a course in mythological studies at Exeter University in England, and during her entire adult life has been a thorough researcher into the subject.

“[She has] an extremely well-developed and sophisticated knowledge of the occult world, its legends, history and nuances.”—Richard Abanes, Harry Potter and the Bible, p. 24.

In an interview on a radio program, she admitted that fully one-third of her material is based on actual occultism (Rowling interview on The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU, October 20, 1999). That is also probably an understatement.

Rowling plays down the fact that witches still use the spells she is now teaching! When we dabble with satanism, demons begin affecting our minds.

During one call-in interview, a wizard excitedly asked Rowling if she was a member of “The Craft” (Wicca, the organization witches belong to). When she answered no, he was shocked and replied, “Well, you’ve done your homework quite well!” He went on to say that he loved the Potter books because they were full of the same occult formulas he regularly used. (“Wicca” is the name given to the official religion of Witchcraft, founded in the twentieth century by Gerald Gardner, who died in 1964. Its members refer to it as “The Craft.”)

The secular media has gone wild over Harry Potter. It is as if a single, ominous spirit is controlling their thinking on this matter. Ominously enough, a majority of the Christian media is also very much in favor of this outstanding opportunity for little children to learn how to delve into the deep things of witchcraft. Even the leading Protestant journal, Christianity Today, has praised the books.

In an article for the Roman Catholic journal, First Things, Alan Jacobs of Wheaton College described the novels as “a great deal of fun,” their magic as “charming.” He added, “There is in books like this the possibility for serious moral reflection” (First Things, January 2000).

Chuck Colson, the man who says he has been “born again,” said on his Breakpoint broadcast that fantasy tales are harmless and Rowling’s book characters demonstrate “courage, loyalty, and a willingness to sacrifice for one another; not bad lessons in a self-centered world” (Chuck Colson, Breakpoint, November 2, 1999).

America’s leading Christian magazine added this comment:

“Rowling’s series is a Book of Virtues with a preadolescent funny bone. Amid the laugh-out-loud scenes are wonderful examples of compassion, loyalty, courage, friendship, and even self-sacrifice. No wonder young readers want to be like these believable characters. That is a Christmas present we can be grateful for.”—Christianity Today, “Why We Like Harry Potter,” January 10, 2000.

But not everyone is fooled.

“There is a general nastiness underneath the mantle of cuteness. The kids lie, they steal, they take revenge. This is a disturbing moral world, and it conflicts with what I am trying to teach my children.”—Ken McCormick, quoted in Baptist Press, July 13, 2000.

That is putting it mildly! As we will see below, the Harry Potter books are actually a chamber of horrors.

By 1999, more efforts were made to ban the Potter books from U.S. public schools than any other book or set of books. By the next year, over 400 lawsuits had been filed to stop the use of those books in our public schools.

Rowling laughs at the complaints, declaring: “I am not trying to influence anyone into black magic. That’s the very last thing I’d want to do . . My wizarding world is a world of the imagination. I think it’s a moral world.”—Rowling, quoted in USA Weekend Online, November 14, 1999.

Rowling says that it really does not matter what books children look at. Let them read anything they want is her position. “When I was quite young, my parents never said books were off limits . . As a child, I read a lot of adult books. I don’t think you should censor kids’ reading material. It’s important just to let them go do what they need to do.”—NPR interview, October 20, 1999.

It is of interest that 43 percent of the Potter books are sold to readers older than fourteen and 29 percent are sold to people over thirty-five.

What do the Harry Potter books teach?

People who are not involved in witchcraft are considered to be inferior, less intelligent, and slow to catch on to truth. They are “muggles”; but, as Rowling said in an interview, they are “not completely stupid” (Associated Press, July 6, 2000).

Throughout the Potter Series, there is a definite contrast made between friendly, exciting and intelligent wizards who are fun and cool, who have access to supernatural power—like Dumbledore, Harry, and his friends—and stuffy, boring, unintelligent “members of the non-magical community” who live in the “dark muggle world.”

As one Christian wrote: “The ordinary person is typified as being bad because they have no [magic] powers, and heroes are the people who are using the occult. This is an inversion of morality.”—Robert Frisken of Christian Community Schools in Australia, quoted in Sydney Morning Herald, March 27, 2001.

People who do right are portrayed as a nuisance. Only one person seems to have any moral qualities, Hermione, a girl student. But each time she pleads with Harry to obey the rules, he always ridicules and speaks mean to her. As part of the narrative, Rowling adds that Hermione is a “bossy know-it-all” and “bad-tempered.”

Parents are something to be avoided, not obeyed, and escaped from. The family caring for Harry in the summers occupies themselves with keeping him locked up in a room (Chamber of Secrets, pp. 21-22).

In Harry’s world, this is what parents are like: “Laughing like a maniac, he dragged Harry back upstairs . . The following morning, he paid a man to fit bars on Harry’s window . . They let Harry out to use the bathroom morning and evening. Otherwise he was locked in his room around the clock.”—Chamber of Secrets, pp. 21-22.

Fortunately, two boys help Harry run away from home, where he is rewarded with a nice home to stay in. Judith Krug, of the Chicago-based American Library Association, praises the message: “The story line is excellent . . There’s no one always telling him [Harry] what to do, and what young person hasn’t said, ‘Oh, if they’d only leave me alone.’ Or ‘I wish that I didn’t have parents!’ They don’t mean this in a mean way. It’s just that parents get in the way.”—Judith Krug, quoted in Harry Potter Books: Craze & Controversy.

Bad conduct is rewarded. Harry and his friends are repeatedly praised and rewarded by teachers or other students when they do bad things. Harry is constantly breaking rules and doing bad things, without receiving any punishment. Instead his actions are said to be clever, exciting, and the way to have more adventure. As Starhawk, founder of Covenant of the Goddess, explains it: “In witchcraft, we do not fight self-interest, we follow it” (Starhawk, the Spiral Dance, p. 76).

In the Potter books, rules are made to be broken and lying is an effective way to achieve a desired end. Students and adults lie constantly to one another, then laugh about it afterward. Harry’s best friend, Hagrid, continually gets drunk as a way to make his life happier (five times in Book 3 alone). He never suffers for doing so.

“I think they’re very moral books.”—Rowling, BBC interview, October 17, 1999.

“Each book takes a theme . . with the idea of making choices in your life, and builds on them to give the child a sense of what it is to be a good human being.”—Linda Goettina, psychoanalyst, interview, Nightline, ABC, July 7, 2000.

Swear words are used in these supposedly “sweet little books for children.” In Chamber of Secrets, boys swear (253, 259). In Prisoner of Azkaban, specific words are included in swearing: “damn” (23); “bitch,” referring to Harry’s mother (25); and “B__” for “bastard” (310). God’s name is used as a swear word (113). Book 4 (Goblet of Fire) has more: “Damn” (43, 62, 127, 232, 344, 561, 470) and “Hell” (626), and more. Every book in the series increases in the number of swear words.

Acts of hatred and revenge repeatedly occur. Power and force are the goals to be sought, not truth and honesty. The child grows accustomed to finding excitement in meanness, selfishness, and scenes of horror. The books are vicious and cruel.

Harry discovers a list of “curses and counter­curses” to use to “bewitch your friends and befuddle your enemies with the latest revenges” (Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 80).

Scenes are presented to the susceptible mind of the child which are more horrible than the most terrible nightmare. The attention is so riveted by these shocking things, that the mind is more susceptible to ideas and practices which are extremely evil. Here is just one example: “Out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the ground like some stalking beast . . The cloaked figure reached the unicorn, lowered its head over the wound in the animal’s side, and began to drink its blood.”—Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 256.

Believe me: I could give you quotation after quotation that is far more horrible than this!

Spirits take control of people. Voldemort has no body, so he takes control of the body of Professor Quirrell. This is what your child reads: “Where there should have been a back to Quirrell’s head, there was a face, the most terrible face Harry had ever seen. It was chalk white with glaring eyes and slits for nostrils, like a snake . . ‘See what I have become?’ the face said. ‘Mere shadow and vapor . . Once I have the elixir of Life, I will be able to create a body of my own.’ ”—Sorcerer’s Stone, pp. 293-294.

Murders occur repeatedly. The face then tells Harry that he killed Harry’s father and mother. Then the face commands Quirrell to kill Harry. “KILL HIM! KILL HIM” (ibid.; full caps hers)! A “death spell” is then cast on Harry.

Actual murders of people and animals occur over and over again. In Goblet of Fire alone, muggles are “tortured” (589), and their killings are “done for fun” (143). Three wizards are killed (531, 589), and a man and his wife are tortured to the point of insanity (595, 603). Cedric is murdered in front of Harry (638). A child, after killing his father, turns the body into a bone and buries it (690). Each book gets worse than the one before it.

“Parents expecting a respite from the violence in popular culture will be surprised by the amount of violence that Rowling introduces into her tales. I cannot think of any classic children’s story that has as much of it!”—Lee Siegel, Reviewer, The New Republic, November 4, 1999.

Life after death and reincarnation is taught. Death is something to be desired, as the entrance to a new, more fascinating afterlife.

“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”—Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 297.

Communication with the dead is a very real part of these books. Harry finds the mirror of Erised (“desire” spelled backward; witches like to play with mysterious backward spelling), which shows him movie-like images of his dead parents smiling and waving back at him.

At the end of Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter fights a dual with Lord Voldemort, a frightful being with a “snake-like face” and “red eyes glinting through the darkness.” Accompanied by a swarm of gruesome “Death Eaters,” Voldemort advances for the kill. But then Harry magically causes his dead parents to ap­pear, who provide help.

Of course, all witchcraft is involved with supposed communication with dead spirits. Yet the Bible clearly warns that all who do so will ultimately be destroyed.

The reader becomes accustomed to gruesome creatures and disembodied spirits. A room-sized, three-headed “hellhound” lives under a trapdoor beneath the students’ dormitory. “Nearly headless Nick” lives at the school, whose head falls almost all the way off whenever someone pulls on his ear (Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 124). “Moaning Myrtle,” a previously murdered student who, on various pages, repeatedly cries out in the night while the students make fun of the noise. Headless horsemen play hockey with the head of one of the ghosts who lives there (Chamber of Secrets, pp. 136-137). Everything horrible and detestable to normal people is made to appear inviting, fun, and worth copying.

Practically every symbol and object used by actual witches is found in these books. This includes spells, spell books, curse and bewitchment formulas, magic words, exorcism, wands, robes, cauldrons, flying brooms, and all the rest.

All the weird and vicious animals, and mythical creatures of ancient centuries (such as elves, goats, banshees, owls, and dragons), are added to present a picture of extreme witchery.

Here is one example, which Rowling takes directly from witchcraft books: The “hand of glory” in occult teaching is the “right hand of a murderer severed after death.” In Chamber of Secrets (Book 2), Harry finds a hand of glory, “a withered hand on a cushion,” for sale in a wizard shopping store. Draco wants his father to buy it for him. The shopkeeper explains how it can help its owner steal things: “Best friend of thieves and plunderers! Your son has fine taste, Sir!” (Chamber of Secrets, pp. 51-52).

Famous spiritualists and gods of earlier centuries are mentioned as names of characters in the books. This helps the child become acquainted with leading pagans and gods, so he will later feel at home with professional witchcraft writings. Here are a few of the prominent ones mentioned as students, teachers, etc. in these books: Adalbert (who, in A.D. 745, was condemned to prison for sorcery). Helena Blavatsky (the most famous spiritualist woman writer of the twentieth century).

Important pagan deities include Minerva (a Roman goddess), Argus (giant in Greek myth), Cerce (a witch in Homer’s Illiad), Merlin (King Arthur’s wizard), Morrighan (an ancient Celtic goddess of death), Cliodna (pagan goddess of Ireland and a banshee), Draco (Greek serpent god), and Sibyll (Greek divination goddess).

Many more could be mentioned.

There was no need for Rowling to go to such lengths to so heavily saturate the books with spiritistic lore. The only reason I can think of as to why she would do this is because she has made a contract with the devil to bring more into his ranks. Rowling has done her part and Satan is doing his part,—and an avalanche of book sales have made her the richest author in the world.

Magical ability is portrayed as a special empowerment which we should seek after. This leads the reader to begin craving this witching ability. The books clearly reveal that the only place where anyone can obtain such power is by personally delving into witchcraft.

As mentioned earlier, hundreds of children have written letters to the publishing house, asking the location of Hogworts School, so they can run away from home and attend it. They want to become witches and wizards!

“It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.”—Rowling, in a prepared video released by Scholastic.

That echoes the words of the spiritualists: “The powers of witchcraft, magic, shamanism, or whatever one likes to call it, are latent in everyone.”—Doreen Valiente, The Rebirth of Witchcraft, p. 92.

Even the “funny stories” are extremely horrible. The secular and Christian presses speak glowingly about how delightful and funny the Harry Potter books are. Here are two examples, from among so many, with this grotesque humor: The boys laugh with delight upon learning that it is witchcraft teaching that mandrake roots are shriveled up live babies. Killing them is a running joke throughout Book 2. The children at the school wear earmuffs when pulling them out of the ground, because the screams are so loud “before cutting them up and stewing them” (Chamber of Secrets, p. 264).

“A small, muddy, and extremely ugly baby popped out of the earth. The leaves were growing right out of his head. He had pale, green, mottled skin, and was clearly bawling at the top of his lungs . . They squirmed, kicked, flailed their sharp little fists, and gnashed their teeth; Harry spent ten whole minutes trying to squash a particularly fat one into a pot.”—Chamber of Secrets, pp. 92-94.

Here is another example of Rowling’s “funny stories.” Can you imagine children reading this? Moaning Myrtle is the spirit of a dead girl, earlier murdered at the school, who wants to commit suicide and can’t:

“ ‘My life was nothing but misery at this place and now people come along ruining my death . . I came in here [to the girl’s bathroom] and tried to kill myself. Then, of course, I remembered that I’m—I’m—’ ‘Already dead,’ said Ron helpfully. Myrtle gave a tragic sob, rose up in the air, turned over, and dived into the toilet . . Hermione shrugged wearily and said, ‘Honestly, that was almost cheerful for Myrtle.’ ”—Chamber of Secrets, p. 156.

“Lighten up, the magic is so tongue-in-cheek,” says Pastor Rachel Berry Kraps of a Methodist church in California. “It’s just wonderful fun!” Her husband, Pastor John Kraps agrees: “We love Harry Potter, and our whole family is outraged by the opposition by the Christian right” (quoted in San Jose Mercury News, November 13, 1999).

Fortune-telling, crystal-ball gazing, and hypnotic activity are emphasized as marvelous new ways to achieve higher knowledge and state of being.

“ ‘Crystal gazing is a particularly refined art,’ she [Sibyll, the divination teacher] tells them. ‘We shall start by practicing relaxing the conscious mind and external eyes . . so as to clear the Inner Eye and the superconscious.’ ”—Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 297.

That is exactly what “scryers” (crystal-ball gazers) do to enter a trance! Many children reading this will start practicing it. The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology says crystal gazing is a form of self-induced hypnosis, to free one’s telepathic powers (Vol. 1, p. 285).

In the Potter books, Sibyll (the name comes from an ancient prophetic goddess) also teaches Harry and his friends magical potions from herbs, astral projection (out-of-body visitation), palmistry, arith­mancy, numerology, charms (incantations used to endow amulets or talismen with magical powers), and runes (magic markings).

In Goblet of Fire, Harry becomes a full-blown clairvoyant (able to predict the future). This, of course, encourages the reader to want to do it also.

Each additional book in the series intensifies the amount of mischief and horror (Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire were the worst, till the later ones came along). On one hand, the reader becomes so blunted to bloodshed, that it keeps requiring more to maintain his interest. On the other, Rowling is leading them toward a predetermined, sinister objective: to give the children the fullest, possible education in witchcraft.

“I can tell you that the books are getting darker. Harry’s going to have quite a bit to deal with as he gets older.”—Rowling, Online interview, September 25, 1999.

“Each new book seems a bit darker and more morbidly tragic than the one preceding.”—Steve Bonta, The New American, August 28, 2000.

“Death and bereavement and what death means, I would say, are one of the central themes in all seven books.”—Rowling, in ibid.

Harry Potter started school when he was eleven; he will be seventeen when he starts the last year. Rowling warns us that, in addition to all his other acts of rebellion against law and order, soon he will start doing things with girls.

“Harry’s going to have quite a bit to deal with as he gets older . . ‘Harry and his friends will be discovering their hormones as they grow older.’ ”—Rowling, Online interview, September 25, 1999.

She hints at what is coming in Book 4. Harry sees a number of sensual, erotic ghost/women, “the most beautiful women Harry had ever seen” (Goblet of Fire, 103).

Witchcraft is shown to be very good and something to be desired. The Potter books are jam-packed with mysterious information about witches, warlocks, sorcerers, crystal balls, spells, curses, potions, charms, numerology, divination, astrology, palmistry, out-of-body travel, and communication with spirits. All these are part of ancient and modern occultism. This is witchcraft! The real thing! Later in this book we will discover that witchcraft involves contact with the devil and his fallen angels. Those who enter this evil realm are captured by demons. And they are only able to escape by the power of God.

One man who spoke with Rowling during a radio call-in said he was a male witch and the Harry Potter books had helped his daughter like what he was doing (WMUR interview, October 12, 1999). The occult practices found in the Potter books are regularly performed by members of satanic arts.

“Harry Potter gives children an appetite for the occult.”—Robert Night of the Family Research Council, quoted in Tulsa World, June 20, 2000.

These books instruct the reader in the actual practices of witchcraft. These books do more than merely talk about witches, they explain in detail their training program and how they carry on their magic.

Information from the actual instructional books for witches in training are here, providing entry-level instruction.

The Ordo Anno Mundi (OAM) Series are books for professional witches. They contain instruction only slightly in more detail than the Rowling books. The OAM Series contains complete witchcraft instructions—yet is little different than the Potter books!

Here is a comparison between the professional witchcraft training series and the Harry Potter books:

OAM has seven degrees of “Magical Training,” and includes classes strikingly similar to those offered at Hogworts, Harry Potter’s school.

OAM General Education primer: “Ancient Runes.” Here is an example from the Harry Potter books: “Those are my books for . . Divination, the Study of Ancient Runes” (Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 57, original edition).

OAM First Degree: “Divination.” An example in Harry Potter: “We will be covering the basic methods of Divination this year” (Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 103).

OAM First Degree: “Spellcasting.” An example in Potter: “All students should have a copy of The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1” (Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 66).

OAM Fourth Degree: “Animal Transformation (witches also call it “transfiguration”).” An example from the Potter books: “Transfiguration is some of the most complex and dangerous magic you will learn at Hogworts” (Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 134). “My transformations in those days were—were terrible. It is very painful to turn into a werewolf . . [My friends] could each turn into a different animal” (Prisoner of Azka­ban, pp. 353-354).

OAM Fifth Degree: “Magical Lore.” An example from Potter: “Their very last exam was History of Magic” (Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 263).

Such books should be read neither by children nor by adults. They are evil and a menace to the eternal welfare of the soul.

Witchcraft organizations are being besieged with phone calls and letters from young people who want to learn how to be witches and wizards. The pagan federation, which promotes Wicca (another name for modern witchcraft) in England, has had to appoint a special youth officer to reply to “the flood of inquiries following the success of the Harry Potter books” (Andy Norfolk, quoted in “Potter Fans Turning to Witchcraft,” This is London [magazine], August 4, 2000).

“In response to increased inquiries coming from youngsters we established a youth officer . . It is quite probably linked to things like Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every time an article on witchcraft or paganism appears, we have a huge surge in calls, mostly from young girls.”—Ibid.

Here are two of the responses sent in by children who had read some of the books: “Thought the story really made you feel like you could be a witch or a wizard” (Lily, 11 years old). “I like what they learned there [at Hogworts] and I want to be a witch” (Gloria Bishop, 10 years old).

Richard Abanes, author of Harry Potter and the Bible, warns: “Ultimately, only a short distance needs to be covered in order to cross over from Harry’s world into the realm of real occultism.”—Ibid., p. 173.

Linda Beam with Focus on the Family sounds the warning:“Any time the dark side of the supernatural world is presented as harmless, there is the danger that children will become curious and find out—too late—that witchcraft is neither harmless nor imaginary.”—Linda Beam, Teachers in Focus, December 1999.

Filmmakers Claim Author J.K. Rowling Lifted Ideas From Their 1986 Film Troll To Make Harry Potter Book Series.

 

Filmmakers Claim ‘Harry Potter’ Lifted Ideas From Their 1986 Film.

Source: NBCLosAngeles.com

An entertainment attorney claims script theft is “stock and trade of what Hollywood is all about”

Published Jul 29, 2015 at 5:09 PM | Updated at 12:06 AM PDT on Jul 30, 2015

 

The filmmakers behind the 1986 B-movie “Troll” say they used the name Harry Potter long before J.K. Rowling did. Jenna Susko reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Published Thursday, July 30, 2015)

With millions of people in the entertainment industry, there are always going to be people who have similar ideas, but at what point does it become theft?

The NBC4 I-Team has learned some of Hollywood’s most prominent entertainment attorneys claim stories are stolen by Hollywood all the time — cheating writers out of the money and fame they deserve.

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Troll director John Buechler, producer Peter Davy and their attorney Tom Girardi believe their 1986 film shares many similarities with Warner Bros. “Harry Potter” series.
Photo credit: NBC4

For years, similarities in scripts have led to accusations, lawsuits and in some cases six-figure settlements.

The filmmakers behind the 1986 B-movie “Troll” say they used the name Harry Potter long before J.K. Rowling did.

“I was ‘Harry Potter Jr.,'” said Noah Hathaway, who starred in the film as a young hero who saves his family from an evil troll.

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The makers of “Troll” claim there are many similarities between their film and the Harry Potter franchise, including the boy hero dressed in a plaid shirt, as seen in screen shots from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Troll.”
Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures and Troll The Movie LLC

Hathaway is best known for his role as Atreyu in “The Neverending Story,” but he claims he still has fans ask him about being the “original” Harry Potter.

The filmmakers behind “Troll” claim the name isn’t the only similarity their film shares with the success of the Harry Potter film franchise distributed by Warner Bros. They argue both stories have witches, wizards and magic, a young hero named Harry Potter dressed in a plaid shirt, an old woman who gives Harry advice and an evil villain who hides his essence in someone close to Harry.

Entertainment attorney Tom Girardi is now representing the filmmakers, who plan to release a new film titled “Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr.” in 2017.

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Writer-director John Buechler’s script for Troll mentions the name “Harry Potter Jr.” several times.
Photo credit: NBC4

“This is our stuff,” he said. “We did that in the late 80s.”

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling disagree.

“The claim is ridiculous,” a spokesperson for both parties told NBC4.

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J.K. Rowling’s first book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” was first published in 1997. Warner Bros. bought the film rights in 1999.
Photo credit: NBC4

So why now, after seven J.K. Rowling books, eight blockbuster films, a theme park in Orlando and another soon to be built at Universal Studios Hollywood? Filmmakers John Buechler and Peter Davy want to go on the record with their plans, having now signed Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette to star in the animated remake.

“(It) could be confusing to some people who are big fans of Harry Potter,” entertainment investigative reporter Jenna Susko said.

“We wanted to make sure that we weren’t going to be accused of plagiarism,” Davy said.

Harry Potter isn’t the first Hollywood blockbuster to be hit with accusations of stolen ideas.

It has happened to films like “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Avatar” and most recently “Raging Bull.”

Some studios suggest it happens more often with the big moneymakers, because writers may be looking for a piece of the box office success, but Hollywood also has a documented history of using other people’s ideas.

In 1990 a judge determined Paramount’s Coming to America was “based upon” another writer’s story. Paramount settled the case.

And in 1991, a judge determined the comedy “Look Who’s Talking” had “substantial similarity” to another writer’s script. That case settled as well.

The latest high-profile case is FOX’s TV comedy “New Girl,” which two women claim shares many similarities with a script they wrote in 2006, including a young woman who moves into a three-man bachelor pad after a breakup with a guy named Spencer.

They’re now suing for copyright infringement.

Entertainment attorney Neville Johnson takes on cases of stolen ideas in Hollywood.

“It happens all the time with regularity,” he said. “The reason you don’t hear about it is because of the politics involved.”

Johnson argues Hollywood knows it can pay off some writers to agree to confidentiality agreements. That’s why he says the most blatant examples of idea or script theft never make headlines.

But some writers refuse to settle, like the two women who say New Girl stole their script. In court records, they claim FOX offered them “$10,000 to settle” the case.

“Great ideas are hard to come by and are few and far between,” Johnson said. “This is the stock and trade of what Hollywood is all about — is a good idea.”

Buechler, who created the name Harry Potter Jr. for his 1986 film, said family matters prevented him from suing when J.K Rowling’s book series came out.

The Harry Potter logo is now trademarked by Warner Bros., which issued a statement in response to the “Troll” filmmakers’ claims.

“We will vigorously defend our intellectual property rights and challenge any unlawful attempt to capitalize on the extraordinary success of the Harry Potter franchise, as we told the filmmakers years ago.”

But the makers of Troll said that won’t prevent them from remaking their film.

“Even if someone who took it for a while makes it more valuable, that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that this is ours,” he said. “We have the right to make our stuff over and over and over again.”

While the Harry Potter logo is trademarked by Warner Bros., the name itself cannot be trademarked.

When asked whether the makers of “Troll” plan to sue Warner Bros. for infringement, they told NBC4 they just want to be able to make their new film.

 

A Mandatory Training Session For Michigan State University Student Employees Bans Saying Phrases “I Apologize,” “No Problem,” “Sir,” And “Ma”am.”

Scared Woman With Mouth Taped Shut. Censorship.

Source:

Sergei Kelley

Campus Correspondent

Aug 16, 2019 at 2:47 PM EDT

Michigan State University informed student employees to refrain from using terms like “I apologize” and “no problem” and addressing customers with gender-specific “sir or ma’am,” in a mandatory August training.

MSU Service Center employees witnessed an hour-long “Inclusive & Culturally Sensitive Service to Residents & Guests” presentation during their mandatory fall training, covering everything from identity wheels and utilizing pronouns to misgendering.

“If I’m saying ‘no problem,’ that’s leading a customer to believe that they could be a problem…”

MSU Facilities Manager Sheena Ballbach claimed during her presentation that saying “no problem” could be a trigger.

“Raise your hand if you’ve ever said ‘no problem,’” Ballbach told the employees. “Did you ever think that was a trigger? I say this all the time and never thought that this could be a trigger word. But if I’m saying ‘no problem,’ that’s leading a customer to believe that they could be a problem or they could be an inconvenience to you and we’re just assuring them that they’re not.”

“I don’t know” and “you should have done this” were also examples of triggers. Ballbach displayed a list of triggers, paired with “calmers,” or statements MSU employees should say instead.

Another trigger in the workplace is misgendering customers, according to Ballbach. She then asked students, “‘how many of you were ever raised to say ‘yes sir’ or ‘yes ma’am?’” A fair number of hands went up and she admitted she was also raised that way.

“Not everybody identifies like ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am,’” the facilities manager informed employees.

“I would like to start seeing a culture around MSU where we say… “they”, not “his” or “hers.”’ In addition, asking for a customer’s name is appropriate according to a presentation slide.

Eduardo Olivo, assistant director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at MSU, also stressed not misgendering people.

“We live in a [sex and gender] binary world…we all know that’s just a social construction,” he stated. Olivo had begun the diversity discussion with an identity wheel. The circle diagram is divided into parts of one’s identity such as “age,” “first language,” and “sexual orientation.”

This wheel signifies how people identify and their memberships to social groups.

According to Olivo, bias incidents have spiked in the past two years based on data from the MSU Residence Housing Association (RHA).

RHA is the student government of students who are housed within campus dormitories. Its microaggression campaign states “college campuses serve many purposes, including the creation and maintenance of multicultural and brave spaces for action and dialogue around social justice.” In addition, RHA spent $6,000 on a “Love and Unity Banquet” months ago.

Olivo tied this data to the notion that “students on our campus from minoritized communities are feeling…powerless, not heard, not included, and victims of oppression systems.”

The MSU presentation also included slides depicting a black student holding a sign reading “why is my skin color considered a threat?” a Muslim student grasping a sign claiming “I can cover my body & still be a feminist,” and a female student bearing a sign saying “select your gender,” followed by “male” and “female” options and, further down, “why is my gender not an option?”

MSU political science senior James Stosio, who has previously attended the diversity segment, told Campus Reform that he “usually feel[s] a little uncomfortable with all of it honestly, but… I do think it is valuable.”

Campus Reform reached out to both administrators and other students but did not receive any more comments in time for publication.

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Proof Supporting Hurricane Dorian Was Manipulated Using Weather Modification Weapons.

GOVERNMENTS ADMIT GEOENGINEERING/WEATHER MODIFICATION IS LIVE — WAS DORIAN MANIPULATED?

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United Nations Admitted Weather Weapons Are Real Back In The 1970’s. Click Here.

Despite fact that programs are public, Deep State and Dems want coverage outlawed.

Source: Infowars.com – SEPTEMBER 7, 2019.

Alex Jones explains how the Deep State and mainstream media are quick to blame hurricanes on the American people under the guise of “man-made climate change,” but don’t want the real secret to get out, which is that weather modification and geo-engineering projects are already underway

For example, in 2016 former CIA director John Brennan gave a lecture detailing the government’s plan to “fight climate change” using geo-engineering tools like chemtrails, AKA “stratospheric aerosol injection.”

And it was reported today that a Bill Gates-funded weather project was launched to further fight “global warming” using “thousands of planes” that “would fly at high altitudes, spraying millions of tons of particles around the planet to create a massive chemical cloud that would cool the surface.”

Hurricane Dorian’s erratic trajectory had some wondering whether weather modification was used to alter its path.

Here was Dorian’s projected path showing it barreling straight into Florida.

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But only a few days later, instead of making landfall in Florida as predicted, Dorian’s projected path abruptly shifted north, where it crawled along the east coast of the U.S.

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In the video below, Veteran weather modification expert Ben Livingston explains to Alex Jones the science and politics behind geoengineering and cloud seeding that’s been in the works for over 40 years.

104 Reasons Showing September 11, 2001 Attacks Was A Inside Job.

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1. Some of the 19 hijackers were found alive and well after 9/11/01.

2. The 19 hijacker’s names were not on the original plane manifest before take off.

3. The 19 hijacker’s names were not included in death toll.

4. The calls made by cell phones on the plane were made above 30,000 feet. Which was impossible at that time. ( My cell phone loses signal in my backyard.)

5. Flight attendant was choking when she called 911 for help suggesting gas was used.

6. Box cutters used to physically take over crew and passengers on plane impossible.

7. Black boxes not recovered from any plane.

8. Information about black boxes not given to public after the attacks.

9. Phone call made by passenger introduced himself with his first and last name to his own mother on the plane.

10. Asbestos was a problem with the Twin Towers and was something the Port Authority of NY was tired of dealing with.

11. The 19 hijackers flight school instructors said they were terrible pilots who could not speak English good and would not be able to read the English controls of a jetliner.

12. The training the 19 hijackers received did not cover the planes used in the attacks.

13. Marvin Bush cousin of George Bush was head of Security at the Twin Towers and his contract expired on 9/11/01.

14. No proof of 19 hijackers on the planes.

15. Voice recognition technology does exist and can be used to trick family members using telephones.

16. Norad was running a drill the very same time the attacks happened with the very same scenarios.

17. Dick Cheney was in control of Norad during the 9/11 attacks not the Generals because of the drills taking place.

18. George Bush sat reading the book my pet goat upside down to school kids in Florida before the attacks happened on 9/11/01. Then George Bush sat there for seven minutes before reacting after the word was told to him.

19. Some Employees of the Twin Towers were called at home and told not to come to work that day

for no reason on the morning of 9/11/01 was reported.

20. Lowest number of people in the buildings during the week was on a Tuesday. 9/11/01 was a Tuesday and does not fit a Islamic terrorist attack who would want mass number of casualties.

21. Osama Bin Ladens family flown out of United States shortly after attacks under orders from President Bush.

22. Osama Bin Ladens family not questioned at all before they were flown out of the country by FBI.

23. The official story of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory and has no proof to back it up, but the theory that 9/11 was a inside job does have proof.

24. Their is no clear video footage of a plane hitting the Pentagon.

25. The video footage the government said was a plane hitting the Pentagon shows no plane in the footage.

26. The hole made in the Pentagon was 16 to 18 feet across and would be to small of a opening for a jet liner impact.

27. People at the pentagon reported smelling chemicals used to make explosives as it was burning.

28. Norm Mineta reported a conversation to the 9/11 Commission that Dick Cheney had with a Whitehouse aid about orders remaining the same while Norm was in the same room. The Whitehouse aid said “Do the orders still stand” Cheney said “Have you heard anything to the contrary”. Norman Mineta’s testimony was not included in 9/11 Commission.

29. The Pentagon was hit on the opposite side where Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were at.

30. The Pentagon was under a reconstruction project on the side the plane hit.

31. New York firefighters reported explosions.

32. The media reported hearing explosions at the twin tower site.

33. Molten steel was reported at the base of the towers suggesting hotter temperatures than jet fuel can produce.

34. Smoke was rising from the debris at ground zero for weeks after the attacks suggesting molten steel present.

35. Pancake collapse theory of floors of Twin Towers by the official version proven to be impossible by architects and engineers.

36. No steel structures have ever fallen from fire with no resistance at free fall speeds like Towers 1, 2 and 7.

37. Helicopters made no attempt to rescue people from the roof of the Twin Towers.

38. The Twin Towers were designed to take impacts from jet liners as large as the planes that hit on 9/11/01 and still stand.

39. Osama Bin Laden was named the attacker the very same day by News media without any evidence to show it 9/11/01.

40. The BBC reported building seven collapsed before it actually collapsed in the afternoon of 9/11/01 suggesting the media had prior knowledge it was going to collapse.

41. Building 7 housed undercover CIA operations for NY, Mayor Guiliani ‘s office, Stock investigations for fraud, etc.

42. Demolition Group Corporation removed the debris from Ground Zero and Oklahoma City bombing.

43. Official story did not explain the collapse of building seven until months later.

44. Larry Silverstein owner of Twin Towers and building seven took out special insurance for Terrorist attacks in 2001.

45. Larry Silverstein said in a interview on PBS that building 7 was “pulled” or in demolition terms controlled demolition.

46. Architects and Engineers showed the official version for collapse of building seven impossible.

47. Larry Silverstein and his daughter would have breakfast every morning on top of one of the twin towers but did not the morning of September 11, 2001.

48. FBI originally reported that explosives were used to bring down the Twin Towers then later changed their report.

49. Video Footage was taken by Feds of something hitting the Pentagon from Doubletree hotel camera’s across the street and has never been released to public.

50. Witnesses in Shanksville, PA heard military jets in the sky before plane crashed.

51. Donald Rumsfeld said the plane in Shanksville, Pa was shot down in a speech he gave. Then the next day he said he ment to say it crashed and apologized.

52. Debris in Shanksville, Pa no bigger than a phone book scattered for miles shows evidence it was shot down.

53. Crater in ground in Shanksville, Pa was shown to have been there prior to crash with old satellite photo records.

54. No bodies recovered from Shanksville, Pa crash site.

55. 9/11 Commission Report refused to put any Bush Administration officials under oath to answer any questions.

56. People in charge of 9/11 Commission Report was appointed by George Bush. But was reported to be a independent investigation to the American people.

57. Osama Bin Laden was on the payroll of CIA when he led a group called the Freedom Fighters in Afganistan to battle the Soviet Union at the time.

58. FBI.gov does not list 9/11 as a crime Osama Bin Laden committed on the FBI ten most wanted list.

59. Project For A New American Century said in September 2000 “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” – pg 51 The Project For A New American Century (PNAC) was founded in 1997 with many members that later became the nucleus of the George W. Bush administration. The list includes: Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, I. Lewis Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz among many other powerful but less well know names.

60. Record Put options was placed on United and American Airlines stocks before the attacks suggesting prior knowledge.

61. No external damage to the Pentagon where the wings and the tail section would have impacted with the outer wall. Damage to Pentagon does not match a Plane hitting it.

62. Plane did a maneuver in air that not even experienced pilots could do with plane that hit pentagon as it descended for impact. Reported by professional pilots.

63. No evidence made public to link the 9/11 attacks to Osama Bin Laden.

64. December 13, 2001 Osama Bin Laden tape was not the real Osama Bin Laden.

65. Chief Of Investigative Publicity for F.B.I. Rex Tomb says reason 9/11 is not listed as a crime on the ten most wanted list under Bin Laden’s because their is no hard evidence to prove Usama Bin Laden was behind the attacks.

66. A Will was found in Mohamed Atta’s bag he left at Boston logan Airport raising questions of why would someone take a Will on a plane if the plan was to hit buildings and the Will would be destroyed.

67. Passport of one of the hijackers found at ground zero sight reported by the mainstream media and then later the story was pulled. How does a passport survive a direct hit into the Twin Towers made of paper?

68. A business card of one of the hijackers was found in Shanksville, Pa plane crash. How does a business card survive that crash when the plane was totally destroyed?

69. General Mahmoud Ahmad director of Pakistani Inter Services Intelligent Agency ( I.S.I ) wired $100,000 dollars to Mohamed Atta in August 2001.

70. I.S.I. and the C.I.A. had a long standing relationship dating back as far as the 1980’s in Afganistan.

71. Sihed Sheik kidnapped and killed Wallstreet Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Daniel Pearl was investigating the I.S.I. at the time.

72. Chief of Pakistani I.S.I Mahmoud Ahmad was meeting Representative Porter Goss and Senator Bob Graham in Washington D.C. the morning of 9/11.

73. The main stream media censored any articles about the $100,000 transfer.

74. Pakistani I.S.I. Chief Mahmoud Ahmad met with head of C.I.A. George Tenet September 4th-9th 2001.

75. Mahmoud Ahmad retires from I.S.I. one month after $100,000 transfer was made.

76. 9/11 Commission Report denies the $100,000 transfer ever existed. F.B.I. and Wallstreet Journal confirmed the $100,000 transfer did happen.

77. Addresses and Drivers Licenses confirm Saeed Alghamdi, Ahmed Aighandi and Ahmed Ainami trained at Pensacola Naval Airstation in Florida.

78. Mohammed Atta went to school at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Another Hijacker attended Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio Texas.

79. Mohammed Atta also attended The Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Saeed Al Ghandi also attended there.

80. Khalid Almid Har and Nawaf Alhazmi lived with a F.B.I. informant renting a apartment in Lemon Grove, California.

81. Operation Able Danger started in 1999 knew identities of 19 hijackers prior to 9/11 showing prior knowledge of 19 hijackers.

82. Global Guardian a drill being conducted on the mourning of September 11th was practicing a jet liner attack on the Pentagon.

83. Amalgam Virgo was a drill conducted June 1st and 2nd 2001 simulating a unconventional aircraft attack on the Pentagon.

84. Multiple war games was taking place on 9/11 at the same time.

85. Vigilant Guardian was a drill in its second day on 9/11 simulating a attack in the airspace of the North East part of The United States.

86. Vigilant Guardian was scheduled to begin in October 2001 but was moved to September 2001 by Norad and the Joint Chiefs.

87. Northern Vigilance added radar phantoms ( Fake planes ) to the radar screens in the North east U.S.

88. Doomsday Airforce Jet E4-B was spotted in the sky over Washington D.C. on 9/11.

89. Northern Vigilance moved some U.S. attack aircraft to Canada and Alaska to conduct a drill of a Russian air attack.

90. Tripod 2 a bio attack drill was scheduled on September 12, 2001 by the Office of Emergency Management located on the 23rd floor of building seven.

91. National Reconnaissance Office in Virginia conducted a drill at 8:45 am on the mourning of September 11th which simulated plane crashes into buildings.

92. Pentagon officials deny any Anti aircraft defense at the pentagon that could of been used against Flight 77.

93. 9/11 Commission said Hani Hanjour was the most experienced pilot of the 19 hijackers, but Saed Al Ghandi was a former professional pilot in Saudi Arabia.

94. All four planes were only filled to 30% seating capacity. This goes against United and American airlines seating and loading rules at the time.

95. Out of 239 seats on flight 77 only 64 was filled. A majority of which was ex military leaving many questions on how a large number of ex military personnel could be taken over by 5 hijackers with box cutters. Click here for passenger list.

96. Charles F. Burlingame III, 51, of Herndon, Virginia, was the Captain of Flight 77, an aeronautical engineer, and a former Top Gun Navy fighter pilot. The Navy section Flight 77 hit at Pentagon Charles Burlingame previously worked there.

97. Flight 77 hit the only section of Pentagon reinforced for terrorist attacks that had blast resistant windows a inch 1/2 thick made of kevlar material.

98. The part of the Pentagon Flight 77 hit was under renovation started in 1991 and was only a day away from completion on September 11, 2001.

99. The part of the Pentagon Flight 77 hit on a busy day would have 5,000 people working there. On the mourning of September 11th only 125 people was working there.

100. No Piece of wreckage found at Pentagon was identified as Flight 77.

101. Donald Rumsfeld reported 2.3 Trillion dollars missing from Pentagon September 10, 2001. The Statement was then ignored later because of attacks next day by U.S. media.

102. A mass casualty exercise which included a scenario of a plane hitting the Pentagon was conducted October 24, 2000.

103. No Alarms inside Pentagon went off just before Flight 77 crashed into it. Pentagon staff was aloud to stay inside.

104. The person named by the U.S. media as the mastermind of 9/11 attacks Osama Bin Laden does not exist. His real name is Usama Bin Laden show by the F.B.I on the ten most wanted list at the time. No one questioned this fact and still does not to this day.

Do Your Own Research And Learn The Facts.

America Has A Evil Problem Not A Gun Problem. Priest Explains Why Stricter Gun Laws Will Do Little To Solve America’s Violence Problem.

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WATCH: Priest explains why stricter gun laws will do little to solve America’s violence problem.

Source: Lifesitenews.com

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Exorcisms On the Rise

By PAUL BURNELL

Source: Catholiceducation.org

In a world where Satanists appear on prime-time TV, neo-pagan religions gather vast followings and tarot card readings are available in the newspapers, experts say its no surprise that the number of exorcisms worldwide is rising.

Father James LeBar, exorcist for the Archdiocese of New York, said he has seen a “large explosion” in cases since 1990.

“Ten years ago I had no cases and now I have 300,” said Father James LeBar, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of New York.

Most of his cases, he said, don’t need an exorcist. They have “unusual things happening — things moving around the house or people claiming to have seen or heard the evil one. Some people suffer the phenomena without actually being possessed. An exorcism is primarily used for people who are possessed by the devil, whose wills have been overtaken by Satan.” Father John Hampsch, a psychologist, has also seen more reports of demonic interference.

“I have seen a dramatic rise in cases. In the past three hours before you phoned me, I have had three cases of people suffering serious contamination with the forces of evil. I am dealing with 10 to 15 cases a week.”

A popular author and speaker on many areas of faith and spirituality, the Claretian Missionary Father says the demonic takes up much of his time.

“A large amount do not require formal exorcism — they are not cases of possession. They are cases of demonic oppression, obsession, depression infestation … very painful and very distressing.”

Father Hampsch told the Register that today’s culture has many “gateways” to the demonic world that usually stop short of full-scale “possession.”

“The most obvious way we let Satan into our lives is through sin. Serious and habitual sin can be a gateway. An innocent person can be affected by hexes or curses but I would say most cases of possession needing serious deliverance come about through involvement in the occult, with practices such as Ouija board or tarot cards or some kind of New Age practice. The other form is through some kind of sin addiction such as alcohol, drugs or pornography. A case I was dealing with recently was addicted to pornography and he suffered from demonic manifestations.”

The Ouija Board

For one victim, Dermot (not his real name), a Ouija board caused problems that culminated three years ago.

The father of two in his mid-50s told the Register that when he came to Britain from Galway, Ireland, to work on a building site as a young man, he joined in a group session with the popular board game for a laugh.

Afterward, he used the board again and again, and felt the after-effects for years. “I had all kinds of troubles down the years and I could never understand the terrible blasphemous thoughts that came into my head.”

Three years ago, he found himself having to be held down by four priests while a prayer for deliverance was said over his struggling, screaming body.

“I don’t know where [that] strength came from as it happened but I do know I felt a new man afterwards” he told the Register.

Cases like his have become much more common in England over the past decade.

Father Jeremy Davies, exorcist for London’s Westminster Archdiocese, granted a rare interview to the London-based Catholic Herald April 28 to warn about the dangers of dabbling in the occult.

“There have been more exorcisms, undoubtedly. There are more people in need and the Church is dealing with the problem more effectively,” he was quoted saying.

Father Davies, 65, is a former medical doctor and one of six priests who founded the International Association of Exorcists seven years ago. The association now has 200 members.

He stressed that the Church urges great caution in matters involving exorcism.

The 1984 document Ab Aliquot Annis (On The Current Norms Governing Exorcisms), by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, cites canon law, which states: “no one may licitly perform exorcisms on those who are possessed unless he has obtained particular and express permission from the local ordinary, and it decrees that this permission is to be granted by the ordinary only to priests who are outstanding in piety, knowledge, prudence, and integrity of life. Bishops are therefore strongly urged to enforce the observance of these prescriptions” (Canon 1172).

Cardinal Ratizinger wrote: “It follows also from these same prescriptions that Christ’s faithful may not employ the formula of exorcism against Satan and the fallen angels which is excerpted from that formula made official by order of the Supreme Pontiff Leo XIII, and certainly may not use the entire text of that exorcism. Let all bishops take care to admonish the faithful about this matter whenever such instruction is required.”

“Finally, for the same reasons, bishops are asked to guard lest those who lack the required power attempt to lead assemblies in which prayers are employed to obtain liberation from demons, and in the course of which the demons are directly disturbed and an attempt is made to determine their identity. This applies even to cases which, although they do not involve true diabolical possession, nevertheless are seen in some way to manifest diabolical influence” (No. 2-3).

In the conclusion of the brief document, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote, “Of course, the enunciation of these norms should not stop the faithful of Christ from praying, as Jesus taught us, that they may be freed from evil. Moreover, pastors should take this opportunity to remember what the tradition of the Church teaches about the function properly assigned to the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostles and the saints, even in the spiritual battle of Christians against the evil spirits. ”

Mother Nadine Brown said her Omaha, Neb., charismatic community Intercessors Of The Lamb confronts the demonic influence through approved prayers. She warned of the dangers of New Age spirituality and the occult but said she also sees the new interest in spirituality as an opportunity for evangelization, especially among the youth.

“They are looking for a mystical dimension to life. The Church can give it to them, and this is the challenge . … The Church of the 21st century [must] be mystical,” she said. Father Hampsch was also upbeat. “We have seen grace super-abounding … with a whole series of divine interventions and miracles around the world.

“The growth of eucharistic adoration is a great grace. Indeed the Holy Father has said this year should be intensely eucharistic. We have even seen an increase in eucharistic miracles. It is certainly a case of where sin abounds, grace super-abounds.”

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Revised Rite of Exorcism Coming

After a 20-year process ended on Jan. 26, 1999, the Vatican has produced an updated rite of exorcism, according to the International Association of Exorcists. Translations from the Latin are currently being prepared for the world’s bishops’ conferences.

“We know there are Catholics who have not received good formation and doubt the existence of the devil, but this is an article of faith and part of the doctrine of the Catholic Church,” said Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, in announcing the revisions. “Whoever says the devil does not exist is no longer a believer.”

The new text was described as an outgrowth of the old, with more sober language and giving the priest greater flexibility in the choice of prayers to use.

Written in 1614, the previous ritual combined prayers and gestures in keeping with the Middle Ages. Certain aspects of the ritual were more dramatic than liturgical, said the association.

Although the theology of the Church on exorcism remains unaltered, what is new is the simplification of external aspects and the presentation of the texts, written in light of Biblical texts. The premises have also been revised: Specific canonical norms are established to respond to any eventual abuses.

Signs of the devil

Vatican guidelines say that some signs that a person may be possessed — when all medical explanations have been ruled out — include: “speaking in unknown languages, revealing things that are far away or hidden (or) demonstrating a physical strength not conforming to one’s age or health status.” At the same time, it cautioned that “these signs are only an indication” and may not be the work of the devil.

“Other manifestations, frequently of a moral and spiritual order” are often present and may include aversion to God, to the name of Jesus, of Mary and of the saints, to the Scripture, to sacramental rites and sacred images, the guidelines said.

Before using the Rite of Exorcisms, the priest must have “moral certainty” that the person involved is truly possessed or obsessed and not suffering from a psychological or physical illness.

The rite is performed in the name of Jesus and calls on the power he gave to his disciples and their successors to cast out evil spirits.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority, which Jesus entrusted to his Church.”

In the ritual, the evil spirit is commanded in the name of God and of the Church to depart. The ritual also includes a sprinkling with holy water, the recitation of a litany of the saints, the Lord’s Prayer and a creed, a Gospel reading and the Sign of the Cross.

A simple form of exorcism, not changed by the new ritual, is part of the Catholic Church’s baptism rites; in it, the Church prays that the one about to be baptized will be protected from evil and from Satan’s temptation.

In a series of 1986 audience talks about angels and the devil, Pope John Paul II said Satan has been defeated by Christ’s death and resurrection, but he continues to try to win over people.

“It cannot be excluded that in certain cases the Evil Spirit tries to exercise his influence not only on material things, but also on the human body, for which one speaks of diabolical possession:” the Pope said during an audience talk. “It is not always easy to discern that which happens preternaturally in these cases, nor does the Church easily yield to or support the tendency to attribute many occurrences to the intervention of the demon,” he said. At the same time, the Pope said, “one cannot deny that in his desire to harm and to lead toward evil, Satan can reach this extreme manifestation” of his power.

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