Are “The Hunger Games” sacrifices Satanic?


Are the themes of child sacrifice in The Hunger Games enough to label it “occult/Satanic?” Some groups think so.

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy has earned many accolades, and is one of the best-selling young-adult book series since Harry Potter. This week, news broke that the books garnered a different type of honor in 2011: they’re among of the most-challenged library books in America.

Challenges happen anytime someone would like to request that a book be removed from public libraries. (Banning is when they actually are removed.) In this case, individuals and groups challenged The Hunger Games books on several grounds: “unsuited to age group and violence,” “anti-ethnic; anti-family,” and “occult/satanic,” earning the series the #3 spot in the 2011 top-10 list (which also includes Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and many recent releases.)

The Wall Street Journal caused a ruckus last year when it published a piece by Meghan Cox Gurdon decrying the violent state of young-adult fiction, including The Hunger Games.

We spend a lot of time here at Backward Messages examining what types of content are appropriate for kids, particularly in the context of video games. There’s plenty of evidence that such fiction does not harm kids, and that in general young people are good about recognizing the difference between fiction and reality. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in last year’s ruling on Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, had this to say about violent content in kids’ fiction:

California’s argument would fare better if there were a longstanding tradition in this country of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence, but there is none. Certainly the books we give children to read — or read to them when they are younger — contain no shortage of gore. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, for example, are grim indeed. As her just deserts for trying to poison Snow White, the wicked queen is made to dance in red hot slippers “till she fell dead on the floor, a sad example of envy and jealousy.” The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales 198 (2006 ed.). Cinderella’s evil stepsisters have their eyes pecked out by doves. Id., at 95. And Hansel and Gretel (children!) kill their captor by baking her in an oven. Id., at 54.

High-school reading lists are full of similar fare. Homer’s Odysseus blinds Polyphemus the Cyclops by grinding out his eye with a heated stake. The Odyssey of Homer, Book IX, p. 125 (S. Butcher & A. Lang transls. 1909) (“Even so did we seize the fiery-pointed brand and whirled it round in his eye, and the blood flowed about the heated bar. And the breath of the flame singed his eyelids and brows all about, as the ball of the eye burnt away, and the roots thereof crackled in the flame”). In the Inferno, Dante and Virgil watch corrupt politicians struggle to stay submerged beneath a lake of boiling pitch, lest they be skewered by devils above the surface. Canto XXI, pp. 187–189 (A. Mandelbaum transl. Bantam Classic ed. 1982). And Golding’s Lord of the Flies recounts how a schoolboy called Piggy is savagely murdered by other children while marooned on an island. W. Golding, Lord of the Flies 208–209 (1997 ed.).

Are Lord of the Flies and The Odyssey still taught in classrooms? Is The Hunger Games more violent or offensive?

Actually, all this is beside the point I wanted to make, which is that I had to think long and hard before I figured out what about The Hunger Games would qualify as “occult” or “Satanic.” Finally, I realized they must be talking about the competition itself, and the requirement that each district (potentially) sacrifice a boy and a girl each year, some as young as 12.

Given that Abrahamic religions have been responsible for some pretty horrific tales of infanticide, child sacrifice, and fratricide, it’s tricky business calling a book “occult” or “Satanic” if it contains those themes — particularly since no occult or Satanic faiths practice human sacrifice, particularly child sacrifice.

Some may recall the religious furor over Harry Potter, which Catholics recently rescinded. Hopefully, those who challenge The Hunger Games for its themes — which also, by the way, painfully illuminate a number of pending problems in our society — will eventually come around as well. A series that’s getting more teens reading — and reading about ideas and possibilities that really matter — shouldn’t be challenged; it should be celebrated.

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3 responses to “Are “The Hunger Games” sacrifices Satanic?

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  2. “Abraham Religions” must be the new tag line of the Universalist Unitarian cult. I really love how you’ve reversed “responsibility for” with “victims of”, blaming Christians for their own persecution by Pharaohs and Herod, the murder and shedding of their own innocent blood by Cain (the arrogant murderer mocking God who you quote saying “the bible teaches us to be our ‘brother’s’ keeper” as though it had been a directive from Christ), and the very “child sacrifice” that you mock is the only begotten Son of God who had lived a PERFECT and SINLESS life and had been sacrificed to save US from our sins. Which, after all, is what the “binding of Isaac” was a foreshadowing of – in the very same spot and place where the INNOCENT and BLAMELESS Son of God, Jesus Christ, was later killed. And yet you – a shameless LIAR and ACCUSER of the people of God – blame those now made innocent of their sin through Christ’s own shed blood, as the ones “responsible” for His death.

    And even as you revel in lies and viciousness, you LIE and come runnning to bare false witness in the defense of satanists – whose very leaders, Crowley, and Levey – both – ADMIT and BOAST that child sacrifice adds great power to their rituals. Could one, after reading your lies and reversals think anything at all but that you yourself are a great defender and heroic champion of late term abortion and “infanticide” in “select cases”? Perhaps that you’re even one of the growing number of new crusaders bravely “breaking ground” for “minor attracted persons” who promise to “act responsibly”?

    Or is there yet some love, conscience, or morals left in you still?

  3. (Please see apology at the end of this comment)

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Abraham Religions” seems to be the new buzzword for anti-Christian / antisemetic views.

    How is it that you have reversed “responsibility for” with “victims of”, and are blaming Christians for their OWN PERSECUTION by Pharaoh and Herod? Or of the murder and shedding of their own innocent blood by Cain (the arrogant murderer mocking God, endlessly quoted by Universalist claiming “the bible teaches us to be our ‘brother’s’ keeper” , who pretend this had been a directive from Christ – instead of the mockery of a murderer)?

    Do you not yet know that the very “child sacrifice” that you are presently mocking is the “child sacrifice” of the only begotten Son of the living God, Jesus Christ, who Himself had lived a PERFECT and SINLESS life and yet was sacrificed to save US from our sins?

    This is, after all, what the “binding of Isaac” was a foreshadowing of – in the very same spot and place where the INNOCENT and BLAMELESS Son of God, Jesus Christ, was later killed. And yet somehow you seem to blame those who Christ came to save, those who have REPENTED, keep His Commandments, and who worship Christ as the risen Son of God, as “responsible” for His death.

    Simultaneously, even as you put forth such viciousness reversals, you come runnning to bare false witness in the defense of satanists – the two most prominent advocates of which, Crowley, and Levey – both – ADMITED and actually BOASTED that child sacrifice adds great power to their rituals.

    How can one make such biased reversals and accusals of victims, and then put forth such grievous factual errors in defense of Satanism, of all things, in a moral tone?

    (Note: I sincerely apologize for the personal nature of my first reply)

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