Sunday, April 16, 2006

Why are these idiots still attacking Harry Potter?

Board to consider request to ban ‘Harry Potter’ books

By Rubina Madan Staff Writer

LAWRENCEVILLE — The “Harry Potter” book series may soon be taken off the shelves of all media centers in Gwinnett County Public Schools if a parent’s appeal is successful. A parent of students at J.C. Magill Elementary School filed appeal forms for each of the books, requesting the wildly popular series be removed from public school libraries. On the forms, she wrote that she objected to the series’ “evil themes, witchcraft, demonic activity, murder, evil blood sacrifice, spells and teaching children all of this.”

She wrote she had not read the series because it is long, and she is a working mother of four.

A public hearing will be held on the matter at 2 p.m. Thursday, in accordance with the Gwinnett County Board of Education’s policies for “Instructional Materials Selection.” An appointed hearing officer will hear testimony from the parent, school system officials and oncerned residents. Both the local school and system media committees have recommended the books remain on the shelves. Based on all the testimony, the hearing officer will prepare findings and recommendations to the Board of Education. The final decision will be made by the school board within a few weeks of the hearing. Any Gwinnett County resident who wishes to speak at the hearing will be able to do so by submitting a written request. Requests may be mailed to the Superintendent’s Office, Gwinnett County Public Schools, 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W, Suwanee, GA 30024, or may be faxed to 678-301-6030. All written requests must be submitted no later than 48 hours before the hearing.

First of all, I recommend that this parent shift the focus of her limited free time toward reading some fucking books instead of filing ignorant claims with the school board. With a little effort in that regard she might become less of a moron.

I know the Potter wars are old news, and all of the arguments have been made at this point, but I saw this article on and couldn't let it pass. Do these people who clutch their pearls over the "themes" in the Harry Potter series feel the same way about the Narnia series? How about the Bible? Let's see:

Evil themes? White Witch, Satan, temptation

Witchcraft and demonic activity? White Witch, "the old magic," Satan, demonic possessions (demons driven out by Christ)

Murder and evil blood sacrifice? Aslan, Christ

Spells? Eternal winter, creation, turning water to wine, resurrection, miracles

Teaching children all of this? Um, Sunday School

So when Aslan and Christ allow themselves to be sacrificed for the good of others, this is a sacred lesson worthy of universal worship and teaching. [*SPOILER*] When Dumbledore does it? Evil. I mean, I know I sound like a smartass, but I'm really serious. I do not get the problem with Harry Potter among fundamentalist Christians. They're the ones who believe all the magic in the Bible to be literal! So how is magic bad? Their entire view of the universe is predicated on a belief in the supernatural. The Potter story represents the archetypal battle between the forces of selfish, power mad evil and the forces of selfless, benevolent love. The strongest magic in the narrative is the love of a mother for her child. SOMEONE TELL ME HOW THIS PROMOTES EVIL.

The whole thing is about FIGHTING EVIL YOU STUPID JERKS.


I'm sorry. I have to stop now. The red fog is obscuring my vision again.


At 11:53 AM, Blogger Tense Teacher said...

May I join you in that fog? This kind of crap makes me need to rant, too.
I was banned from assigning Harry Potter in my school, and when I went to my trusted friend and fellow English teacher/advisor for help, SHE joined the chorus of "Harry Potter is the devil." Then, she told me she HAD NOT read the books but that they must be anti-Christian if they were about witches. I went ballistic. I seem to remember asking her if I was no longer a Christian because I read and enjoy those books and Anne Rice too. She finally consented to read the first HP book, but didn't enjoy it because she had already made up her mind that she wouldn't.
I don't recall any particular passage in the Bible in which God tells his followers to stop using their brains. And yet, that seems to be the characteristic most in demand among many religions in this day and time.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger CrankyProf said...

Go forth and read Ray Bradbury's "Usher II."

Then chuckle bitterly.

And start hiding your "good" books!

At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Nunya said...

I used to live in Gwinnett County. Remember it's in Atlanta, the Bible Belt. You can't find porn in video stores for instance. There's a huge Wiccan population there and they have to stay underground because people don't understand that it's a peaceful religion and not related to Satanism. I'm not surprised by hearing this but I, too, think it's ridiculous.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Masamune12003 said...

I can't believe this...
So damn stupid *shakes head*, how can people really say these things about book they haven't read?
Do these people think that all the people who by this book are all evil devil worshippers who wish to recruit their children to their church of satan?

I must say as a british teenager we do tend to get a bad view on america, the way they come across with things like this is a completely idiot country who seem to be able to do nothing but fight and complain.
Of course i do not believe that this can actually be true but it still looks this way from my limited point of view.

...I hope nothing like this actually works...

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

It was idiots like this who got me to read the first Harry Potter book. Then I couldn't stop reading.

But they're just as much morality tales as any readings that "Christians" condone.

And if they think they can unlock a door by waving a stick and saying Alahomora, then good luck to them.


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