Pastors Want Youth Occult Books Removed from Library: ‘It’s Dangerous for Our Kids’

Vampire Books in LibraryCLEVELAND, Texas – Several Christian leaders in Texas are urging a local library to remove books for teenagers that deal with vampires and other ‘demonic’ content.

Phillip Missick, pastor of King of Saints Tabernacle in east Texas, recently testified at a Cleveland City Council meeting. According to local reports, Missick told city council members that a section of Cleveland’s Austin Memorial Library is inappropriate, because it features dozens of books for teen audiences that deal with black magic and vampires.

“There are 75 books, according to the library, that deal with the occult in the teen section,” Missick told city leaders, according to “On the top shelf, there is a demonic stuffed doll and a witch’s hat.”

Missick said he is not necessarily opposed to all books about the occult, but he believes the library has an excessive number of such books aimed at teenagers.

“I am not saying that the library shouldn’t have information on the occult since it is part of our history,” he said, “but there is an overwhelming amount and the books appear to be targeting teens.”

The books mentioned by Missick include the popular Twilight and House of Night series, which have both sold millions of copies and primarily target younger reading audiences.

“We’re not afraid to discuss things that are actually happening,” House of Night’s co-author, Kristin Cast, once told reporters. “Our characters cuss because teenagers cuss. There are issues with sex, drinking and pot because those are issues teenagers deal with. Some people don’t like it, but I think the audience is drawn to that realness.”

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The authors of the House of Night series acknowledge that their works are “heavily pagan and Wiccan based, with a huge influx of Native American myth and legend.” Similarly, the Twilight series has been described as an “exquisite fantasy” with a “gripping blend of romance and horror.”

According to Missick, these dark themes are inappropriate for teen readers in a public library. Several other Christians in the area, including James Holt of Cornerstone Church of Cleveland, agree with Missick’s conclusion.

“What you read does have an influence on your life and the library needs to be careful with what kind of books need to be on the shelf,” Holt argued.

“The word ‘censorship’ is not an ugly word,” he added. “If you don’t censor what your children see, hear and read, then guess what? Your child is going to be spending a lot of time … later on in life dealing with twisted-up and torn-up lives.”

“The word ‘no’ is not a bad thing,” Holt continued. “The word ‘no’ can come from a place of love. It’s our job to protect them, even when it comes to literature and art.”

So far, public library officials have said they will not remove the provocative books from the shelves, even though Missick gave the Cleveland City Council a petition that urged the “occultic and demonic” books to “be purged from the shelves.” The Austin Memorial Library’s head librarian, Mary Merrell Cohn, responded to Missick’s request by saying the library wants books of all types to be available for readers.

“Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves,” Cohn said. “Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”

Cohn told Missick that the library’s collection includes the Bible. Therefore, she argued, the vampire books should be permitted.

Nevertheless, Missick, Holt, and several others want the books to be removed.

“[They are] dark,” Missick told KTRK. “ There’s a sexual element. You have creatures that aren’t human. I think it’s dangerous for our kids.”


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  • Jeff

    At present day, the occult as far as I know doesn’t possibly lead to the killing of others in real life for belief. I can’t say that about religion. Therefore in light of this thought, It may be safer for me to allow my children to study the occult over the bible.

    • Yea, verily. I think that’s a safe bet . . .

  • Just a Thought

    I became a Christian when I was 17. In my teenage years before that time, I was fascinated by vampires and always wished I was one so that I could live forever. And then one of my best friends introduced me to Christ and His promise of eternal life, and I realized how vastly much better it was. These books about vampires are a fad; they have had their day, and they are going. These books afford us an opportunity to contrast that false eternity with the true one; the false romance with a true love story. Sometimes the weapon the enemy uses can be turned against him.

    • Krauss Allie

      You are so right about it being a fad. It only started in 1734 and has never been more popular, so maybe it’ll eek out another 280 years and then fizzle away. Just a flash-in-the-pan that’s been around longer than the United States.

      You… not the brightest thinker anymore. Look back at your life and you’ll see the decline in your empirical reasoning skills starting to wane around age 17.

      • Pax Humana

        Yes, Krauss Allie, you are not a bright thinker yourself. Hopefully, someone with the last name of Belmont or one of their friends will set you straight in your life, as that is how I deal with vampires and werewolves.

  • James Lowery

    OOOOOHHHHHH scary! OOgabooga doogah dooo. You people are so funny.

    • Pax Humana

      You should not quit your day job, James Lowery.

      • James Lowery

        Well compared to your well thought out response to mine (very original), I must assume you are not employed at all. Perhaps you should pray for a better one. Like I said… you people are funny!

        • Pax Humana

          Well, you know what they say about assumptions, am I right, Jimbo? By the way, I am an up-and-coming author, a part of a corporate board for an online clothing retailer, and I am getting into the vending machine business, so your comments have proven to be a failure a second time. Finally, the only thing that is funny is being amused at the running gag that is yourself. Please take my advice. You are not cut out for this kind of life, Mister Amateur Hour.

          • James Lowery

            Maxipax… an author, clothing retailer and a vending machine magnet? Wow! Now that is funny. And you people are funny. Invisible man oooohhh. He gonna getcha. And there is nothing in your statement to convince me of you up and coming authorship. But when it comes to stroking the right keys on the internet you are a “Pro.” And that is an old profession you are involved in. In fact it is the oldest. Later Maxipax. Let us know when you pamphlet comes out.

          • Pax Humana

            Yes, let me know when you come up with some fresh material. Your current lines are not even worth lining my birdcage, you Stewie Griffin clone.

          • James Lowery

            Sure Maxipax. And I assume the bottom of the bird cage is the storage unit for your pamphlet. Too funny. Bird cage? Is that what they call the institution you are housed at. Ha ha ha ha ha.

          • Pax Humana

            Aw, and did they let you out of the institute just to write that nice little bit of information? I am sure that it must have taken you months of your time to even formulate it and you also had to have an editor to help you edit it so that it would pass as something as REMOTELY close to the English language…great job, you moron.

          • James Lowery

            Let me get this straight. You think I have been formulating our conversation for months prior to our engagement over the last couple of weeks? And you think I have an editor? Ha! Oh and I am the “moron?” Now if the editor made a poor attempt at the English language is the editor the moron? Or me? And the reason for “moron,” is that at me or… Mentally ill people are funny. You poor, poor, thing.

          • James Lowery

            The invisible editor… oooohhhh. That is like that invisible man you believe in.

  • Pax Humana

    This message is to all of you pseudo-Christians and pseudo-Jews that want to ban books. You are no better than the people that you are protesting against and your censorship will backfire in the end. You also violate the Holy Scriptures by not allowing people to know good and evil, let alone the concepts of right and wrong, black and white, moral absolutes, and an objective world view if you continue to go down this path in your lives. Yes, you should not partake in evil things, but if evil things are banned, then how will people know that they even exist in the first place? Furthermore, how can people know what is good and what is evil if they do not see an example of each thing in their lives? You all fail to understand the words that are from the Book of Joshua which said, “Today, you are to choose which god that you will serve, whether it is Baalim or whether it is the god, namely YAHWEH EL ELOHIM, that our parents and our ancestors served. However, as for myself and my own house, we will proudly serve YAHWEH EL ELOHIM.” Your faith is founded upon the concepts of free will and the consequences of your actions, as have been outlined in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8.

  • Kiska Jolene Lucas

    How about this, good christians.. screen what your children check out from the library instead of imposing censorship upon others that may not share your views? I agree with others that if anything that you deem occult should be removed then so should the bible since it mentions the occult. The bible also mentions rape, incest, abortion, lots of violence and need I mention genocide? Take responsibility for what your kids reads and let other parents make their own decisions instead of it being forced upon them.

    I know, that pesky 1st amendment thing can be annoying but then again you think that the 1st amendment only covers christians.