Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Children who can read are pawns of Satan!

Laura Mallory of Loganville, GA, wants Harry Potter books pulled from the shelves of local school libraries, because the books encourage Witchcraft and other demonic tomfooleries. Oh yes, and literacy.

Quoth the Bible-fondling soccer mom, "Witchcraft is being mainstreamed to our kids today, but people are not aware of it. They think these books are fantasies, but Wicca is a real recognized religion." She goes on to say that she does not want her children "indoctrinated into a religion whose practices are evil."

But wait, it gets even better. The lovable harridan claims that she's so disturbed by the Harry Potter series, she's never actually finished reading any of the books.

To sum up, she has no clue what she's talking about, but Wicca is evil.

You know what would be great? If she won her battle against the dark arts of J.K. Rowling, and then her four kids grew up and married outside their race.


Apocrypha Jones said...

Now, first of all, J.K. Rowling *is* the devil -- but that is unrelated to the material contained in her books. (She just a nasty ho, and ain't nothin' we can do 'bout that.)

However, some have argued that the Harry Potter series is actually a big Christianized morality tale (a la Narnia), although I don't buy Harry as a Christ figure myself...

For an overview, see:

(I apologize for sullying your site with a Canadian link there. My bad.)

But in the end, it's comments like "by encouraging the reader to choose virtue just as Harry Potter does" that prove all of those theories incorrect in my opinion...because we all know how virtuous it is to secretly sneak out at night wearing an invisibility cloak and using an ill-gotten magical map to which you must swear that you are up to no good. Yes, disobeying virtually every rule you're given is very, very virtuous.


I think the Harry Potter series seems dangerous to fundies because Harry Potter and his friends frequently *do* break rules --and make *their own choices* about what is morally right. They make the distinction between right and wrong *themselves* rather than blindly obeying authority.

To an authoritarian fundamentalist, this would be all the proof of "Satanism" they would need. They may howl about the magical elements, but it's really the moral autonomy of the series that disturbs them.

That's my own theory, anyway.

Evn said...

Ms. Jones speaketh the truth.