Banning Children's Fairytales

If you wanted to know the source of negative thinking, it begins in childhood with bedtime stories.

Classic fairy tales are a story-telling tradition. Children listen to fantastical tales about witches and fairies, goblins and elves, princes and villains. Generation after generation, the dark side of these stories is embedded in children's imaginations and in their memory for life...and not just from fairytales...but nursery rhymes as well.


We all know the rhyme about Old Mother Hubbard who went to the cupboard to fetch her poor Dog a bone but the cupboard was bare, so she went to the bakers to buy him some bread and when she got back, her dog was dead. Children love dead dog stories? Right?

Rock-a-bye Baby is another morbid story about a baby rocked by the wind in a treetop cradle. The tree branch breaks and the baby falls to the ground, cradle and all. The "fear of falling" theme is also found in Humpty Dumpty who sat on a wall and had a great fall. The king’s horses and men couldn’t put him back together again. Jack suffered the same fate when he went up a hill with Jill to fetch a pail of water. He fell down and broke his crown.

Three Blind Mice fits the children's thriller genre. When three blind mice run after the farmer’s wife, she cuts off their tails with a carving knife. Children love that image.

Remember the old woman who lived in a shoe? She had so many children, she didn't know what to do, so she gave them some broth without any bread, whipped them all soundly and put them to bed. Whipped them soundly? Yup. Children love stories about being whipped into silence before bed.

Who could forget "It’s raining, it’s pouring" about an old man snoring? He got into bed, bumped his head and couldn’t get up in the morning. Concussion? Stroke maybe?

How about this bedtime children's prayer? "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. WHAT? DIE IN MY SLEEP? Well, maybe from the nightmares!

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD - paedophilia and cross dressing

This story has innocent Little Red Riding Hood strolling alone in the dark forest on her way to grandma's house. Along the way, a big bad wolf stalks her.

The wolf approaches the little girl in a creepy, predatory way and tricks her - leading people to believe that the Big Bad Wolf is a caricature of PAEDOPHILES and sexual predators.

The Wolf beats the little girl to gramma's house, eats grandma, strips off her clothes and dresses up like her. A woodcutter comes along, chops open the wolf, kills it, and frees grandma.

In other versions, the wolf eats Little red Riding Hood as well as grandma.



Beauty and the Beast-iality

This fairytale story is about a woman falling for a wildebeest. The movie version allows kids to watch a small-town woman kissing a hairy, grotesque beast (Baphomet) with a tail, hooves and spiked teeth.

Perhaps parents don’t care because Beauty and the Beast comes from a long tradition of tales about humans mating with creatures. These tales promote women as property and view animals as magical symbols for our wild urges. The Little Mermaid tale pairs a human with a fish.

The Tàber school in Barcelona has removed 200 children’s books from their library including Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty. The school states that 30 percent of its library books for children under six were “toxic”. Kids are like sponges. They absorb everything around them, which normalizes sexist stereotypes.


Hansel and Gretel - Murder and Cannibalism

The tale of Hansel and Gretel remains to this day one of the most twisted stories crafted by the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm. It carries the prominent theme of child abduction.

The tale follows brother and sister Hansel and Gretel, who are loved by their father but loathed by their wicked stepmother who doesn't want two extra mouths to feed. She persuades her husband to abandon his children in the middle of a dark forest. Where's the love?

Hansel leaves crumbs (or pebbles) along the path until the pair stumble upon a gingerbread house owned by a witch who cages them and fattens them up to eat. As the human flesh eating hag prepares the oven for feasting on the children, Gretel pushes her into the flames and burns her alive.


Snow White - Vanity and Murder

Dark forests, poisoned apples, and problems with mom. ‘Snow White’ is one of the best-known, if not the most popular, fairy tales about a beautiful young princess. Her deceased mother’s place has been taken by a “wicked stepmother,” an evil sorceress obsessed with her appearance. After consulting her magic mirror, the queen discovers that Snow White is “the fairest of them all.”

Snow White moves in with seven dwarfs in the woods but the evil queen finds new schemes to murder her stepdaughter and poisons her with an apple.


The Pied Piper - Infanticide

This one makes your skin crawl. It's about a German village plagued with a rat infestation. A piper turns up, claiming he can cure the town. Playing a tune, he lures the rats into a river and drowns them all. When it’s time to pay the piper, the townsfolk refuse. Murderously angry, the piper returns, places all the town’s children under a spell and orders them to follow him and they disappear forever.

In the most disturbing of all the versions, the piper orders the children to walk into the river, where they drown like the rats. Every child in the village dies excewpt for a deaf girl.


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