Some weeks ago CAN had the story of a children’s book that teaches young readers how to summon up various “cute,” funny and often vulgar demons.
Now an actual exorcist has condemned the book for the way it encourages youngsters to “summon demons” to help with their homework and chores. Mailonline reports.
A Children’s Book of Demons, published in the U.S. and aimed at five- to ten-year-olds, offers symbols to “call up” colorful characters that can help them fight bullies and stomach dinner by magically changing it into a plate of cookies.
Now, however, Father Francesco Bamonte, president of the International Association of Exorcists, is targeting the book for putting children “at risk of bringing demons into their home” and setting up Satanism as a safe, fun, “normal alternative to other religions.”
The Roman Catholic priest said in a statement last week: “You don’t mess around with demons. Whoever invites a child to summon a demon is like a person who puts a grenade in their hands to play with. Sooner or later the child will pull the pin and the bomb will explode in their hands.”
Bamonte also described the symbols as being “very similar” to those used for “grimoires” and in “manuals of magic spells that teach, with meticulous detail, the procedures necessary to contact evil spirits.”
The book has also been excoriated online as “pure evil” and “satanic garbage.”
One reader wrote: “This is purely satanic. What kind of children’s book teaches kids to summon demons and write sigils?”
Written by Aaron Leighton, the volume was published by Koyama Press in July. A description of it reads: “Grab your colored pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons!”
“This paranormal parody is filled to the brim with funny spirits more silly than scary!”
One reader wrote online that the book is “creative, funny and cute.”