Why are these idiots still attacking Harry Potter?
Board to consider request to ban ‘Harry Potter’ books
By Rubina Madan Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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 fstdt.com 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.
Also, NO ONE IS TRYING TO TEACH CHILDREN THAT THE MAGIC IN HARRY POTTER IS REAL.
I'm sorry. I have to stop now. The red fog is obscuring my vision again.