According to a religious article I stumbled upon, vampire fans need to "step back and reassess their love of vampires and werewolves." Why? Because they feel that vampires are corrupting our youth.
Before I continue let me make it very clear that I am a firm believer in "to each their own." I may not be religious myself but that doesn’t mean I look down on those who are. However, some people take things too far and make themselves look like ignorant simpletons – like the folks behind this article.
According to publisher Thomas Horn, women are being seduced by damned creatures and are losing their innocence to books and films like Twilight.
Clearly he has never read Twilight, because it is the most vanilla of all vampire novels.
The article then goes off to list all of the vampire corrupted individuals that have been in the news recently, people that took their love for vampires too far and harmed others. I have ranted about this in the past – just because two or three people take the vampire obsession to a bad level doesn’t mean we ALL do. There are millions of vampire fans out there, but how many of them have committed horrible news-worthy acts? A small handful. I could point of the countless Christians that have done significantly worse deeds in the name of God, but that would take ages.
Horn continued his argument, scolding parents and pastors for not paying closer attention to what their children were “mentally and spiritually feeding on,” Horn hopes that Christians will begin to act to counter the dangers of pop culture’s fascination on occult practices before a generation was “lost to darkness.”
He added that, “Frankly, preachers need to care enough about those families and youth within their care to take a stand, or stand down; be gusty enough to use their pulpit for something eternally useful, or quit the ministry and become a car salesman.”
Many in the Christian world fell that Horn is going overboard and that current trends would eventually fade and no longer be relevant, but Horn said they are wrong.
It appears that Horn has done little to no research on vampires in pop culture. Vampires come in waves, every few decades they become incredibly popular in pop culture then they fade away for a couple more decades. It happens every time. Remember when Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire was published in 1976? It triggered a massive love for vampires. Eventually the hype died down and stayed down, until many years later. It comes and goes. Vampires are no threat to today’s youth or future generations. It's an absolutely wonderful fad that comes and goes, it's not a bomb of evil that drops down and destroys everyone's soul.
Horn doesn’t buy it though, he has urged Christian leaders to use the month of October and the season of Halloween to address his issues, which he said are infecting everyone around the world. He’s not alone in this mission, popular Christian leaders like Chuck Missler, Gary Stearman, Noah Hutchings, Gary Bates and John McTernan also believe in the severity of the situation.
I could rant and rave about this for days. I have been in love with vampires and “the occult” since I was a child. I have loved horror stories since I could read, my first books weren’t Nancy Drew or The Babysitter’s Club, they were Goosebumps and a wide assortment of ghost stories. Have I been damaged by those stories? No. I am a fully functioning adult that can tell the difference between good and evil, fact and fiction. If someone reads a vampire book or watches a vampire film and then reenacts the bloody horrors in the story, then they are seriously screwed in the head. It has nothing to do with vampires, it’s about them and their mental issues.
What are your opinions on this issue? How do you feel about Horn attacking not only vampire fans, but parents and pastors as well?