If you worry your daughter Melissa may be drawn to the notion of becoming “Mike” instead, there’s another storm brewing for concerned parents.
How about the daughter who swears she’s a dolphin living in a human body?
The next special interest group demanding “rights” may be humans who claim an animal identity.
I don’t mean those much-debated, unethical experiments in animal-human hybrids, but actual biological males or females who drift beyond obsessive fandom for Batman or Spiderman, werewolves and vampires.
We’re talking about people dressing as animals, even mutilating their bodies in the service of a “fins-fur-and-feathers” delusion.
A recent story making the rounds describes a girl in Norway who believes she’s a cat. She meows and hisses when dogs are near. Her fake ears and tail authenticate the total cat identity.
Will we soon hear screeching demands that school restrooms offer litter boxes so cat-girls can feel included and “safe”?
She is hardly alone. Among recent well-publicized animal pretenders are Leopard Man, Tom Leppard, whose spotted tattoos cover his body; Katzen the Tiger Lady (a performance artist); and Eric Sprague, the lizard man, who sports a split tongue.
And there’s the parrot man in England, with ears cut off to more closely resemble his pet parrot. He hopes soon to have his nose surgically altered into a beak.
One Pittsburgh man believes he’s a dog, a persistent delusion since childhood. He doesn’t worry about money since he lives on the trust fund left him by a parent. He is also a regular at “furry” conventions, gatherings growing in popularity for people who have animal identities, serious or fanciful.
“Furry” meetings in San Jose, Chicago and Pittsburgh attract thousands of attendees and feature X-rated workshops for adults, role-playing, gaming, story-telling, science fiction, and even sessions on activism– “Power and Privilege in an Anthropomorphic World.”
We are tempted to laugh this off as immature silliness. But history shows this fascination may develop into a more prevalent subculture.
When people don’t have the sense and protection of the Holy Spirit as a result of faith in Christ, phantasms abound in the spiritually-unsettled soul. At the top of the list of idolatrous practices in human history is nature worship.
This current trend has a name: therianthropy. An insightful paper defines it as follows: “Therianthropes are individuals who identify as part human and part non-human animal in a biological, mental, and metaphysical capacity.”
Non-Christian spirituality is frequently infused with animal worship. Egyptians believed cats and crocodiles were sacred. Native American Tlingit tribes of the Northwest created totem poles depicting animals associated with various superstitions, like the thunderbird, eagle, raven and bear. Modern Hinduism still reveres cattle.
And then there are the half-animal, half-human demigods. The Greeks had the minotaur and satyr. West Africans still revere the mermaid goddess, Mamiwata.
And shamanism, practiced in virtually every non-Western faith, routinely consorts with presumed animal spirits with the objective of absorbing the strength of the beast.
Christians and Jews do not engage in any of this.
Judeo-Christian faith forbids nature worship of any kind or intimate human/animal contact. Almighty God is always separate from His creation in Judeo-Christian doctrine. For a human to desire to descend to the level of an animal would be among the gravest of sinful impulses, since it would implicitly repudiate the blessing of having a soul with an eternal destiny.
The reemergence of animal reverence as a dalliance of bored or misguided Western youth is yet one more symptom of the spiritual desert America is becoming.
Assuming the cat-girl, lizard-man and other animal identities are not simply attention-grabbing behaviors, such confusion leaps beyond the child with an imaginary friend.
In the individual listings at the website WitchVox are numerous sacred animal references and identities, demonstrating how occult practices and nature worship go hand-in-hand. One personal listing says:
“I have gone from being an eclectic Wiccan in my younger days, to a solitary general pagan….But in all that time, only one thing within me has remained the same. And that is the wolf….I am a therianthrope, spiritual at that…”
Another pagan, a married bisexual, describes his path: “I resonate extremely strongly with dragons and their mythologies…” He is also very fond of gaming. And it’s no surprise that immoral sexual practices frequently accompany nature worship and animal obsession.
There’s an obvious biblical analysis, one that applies to gender confusion as well: demonic influence. Into a vacuum rushes all kinds of evil. The lives of too many teens and young adults are spiritual wastelands, ripe for dark deception.
Untold numbers of parents worry about children who seemed detached from real life while preoccupied with web connections that validate often disturbing fantasies.
When those fantasies take the form of animal “spirits”– or demonic beings masquerading as such–this is beyond a passing hobby. It may be Satan’s latest laugh as Westerners turn over their young to the ungodly culture.
This is not to diminish, by comparison, the horrifying path of the family dealing with a loved one deceived into gender “change,” which can never actually happen. A girl who binds healthy breasts to deny her feminine anatomy, or the male who seeks castration, both display profound mental and spiritual disturbance.
The idea of transformation into another species is utterly contrary to Christian doctrine. For one thing, animals can’t engage in moral choices.
Your cat prowls for mice and doesn’t give it a second thought. Would a werewolf be excused from accountability? How convenient.
Jesus Himself affirms that humans were designed as male and female humans (Matthew 19). Tampering with human identity mocks Paul’s advice to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice” as a demonstration of Christian worship (Romans 12:1).
Sadly, the great sin of unbelief can be expressed through denying one’s gender and even one’s humanity.
We must resist all the emerging artificial, distorted and inhuman “identities” spawned by pop culture, aided by the darkest forces of evil.
Linda Harvey, President, Mission America
The media ministry of Linda Harvey is an outgrowth of her Christian faith and a successful career in marketing and public relations.
As a former advertising executive, Mrs. Harvey specialized in creating new communications’ vehicles. She has started more than twenty-five publications and overseen multi-million dollar advertising campaigns, primarily in the health care field. She was formerly Director of Marketing Communications at Ohio State University Hospitals.
In 1995, she founded Mission America, a Christian pro-family organization tracking current cultural issues with weekly e-newsletters sent to a national audience.
Linda hosts daily commentaries and a weekly radio show on the Salem Network station in Columbus, OH, 880 AM WRFD which broadcasts throughout the state, and airs a weekly commentary on the national Moody Radio Network. She is also a regular columnist for conservative news site www.WND.com , for www.AmericanThinker.com, for www.barbwire.com, and for www.ohioconservativereview.com .
She is interviewed frequently by local, state and national media outlets, and is author of two Christian books, Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality and Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism and the New Spirituality.
In addition, Linda is a frequent conference speaker, with presentations at events sponsored by Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, Heartbeat International, American Family Association, EPC (the Education Policy Conference), Americans for Truth and TruthXChange. She has also spoken to many Ohio Tea Party groups..
Mrs. Harvey attended a United Nations international conference as a media representative; has participated in a briefing on Capitol Hill; and has testified numerous times before Ohio legislative committees. She serves on the National Pro-Family Forum and the Ohio Pro-Family Forum.
Linda Harvey holds a B.A. in English from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and has done graduate work at Miami, Ohio State University, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. She is the wife of Tom Harvey and the mother of two children. They live in Columbus, Ohio.