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Ga. mother seeks Harry Potter ban

ATLANTA – A suburban county that sparked a public outcry when its libraries temporarily eliminated funding for Spanish-language fiction is now being asked to ban
Harry Potter books from its schools.

Laura Mallory, a mother of four, told a hearing officer for the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Tuesday that the popular fiction series is an “evil” attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion.

Board of Education attorney Victoria Sweeny said that if schools were to remove all books containing reference to witches, they would have to ban “Macbeth” and “Cinderella.”

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10 Comments

  1. benning October 6, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    A silly thing to ask for, but as someone said, this is a few years too late.

    I’m a Christian – a fundamentalist, I suppose – and I have read all six Potter books and enjoyed the daylights out of them. When I was just reaching my teen years, my sister started reading Tolkein’s works, and I read each one after she finished with them. Loved them! And at nopoint did I ever think I could do magic, or try to become a Wizard/Witch. I remained a young Christian. Satan did not sway me.

    If one’s children are that susceptible to suggestion, perhaps the answer isn’t banning books but a little more contact with the children. And some psychiatric help.

    PS: My sister’s husband didn’t want his kids reading Potter when the first book came out. She told me about it later and I responded the same as I have here: “Hey, I read them, and they’re good! What’s the worry? Hasn’t BIL raised the kids right?”

  2. Jack's Shack October 5, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Elie,

    Every time I see any sort of religious ban I wonder if the authorities have actually seen/read/experienced it.

    I often suspect they have not done so.

  3. Elie October 5, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    Unfortunately I have seen misguided Jewish authorities who voiced similar opinions, on the grounds that HP promoted witchcraft as a religion, which is forbidden by the Torah. I’m quite sure none of them have actually read HP, or they would know that it has not the slightest hint of demonology or sorcery of the biblical type. If anything, the HP-style witches and wizards are more analogous to superheroes or mutants in the comic book sense. Thy have nothing in common with paganism or Wicca.

  4. Jack's Shack October 5, 2006 at 7:20 am

    Marallyn,

    Don’t piss them off or you might get wacked by a Wiccan. Ooops, that woman in GA just might take me seriously.

    Z,

    Yes, I saw that. how very sad.

    Diccon,

    CS Lewis is the high priest of the Wiccans. 😉

    Irina,

    One can only hope.

    AMM,

    Thanks. I hadn’t seen that.

    BOH,

    No problem.

  5. The back of the hill October 5, 2006 at 1:11 am

    Thanks for directing my attention to that. I am all over it like fire-ants on a dead animal. I could not resist ranting about it on my own blog. I have credited you, though.

  6. Another meshugannah mommy October 4, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Well, J.K. Rowling considers it a great “honour” to be a banned author.

    http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/news_view.cfm?id=95

  7. Irina Tsukerman October 4, 2006 at 8:39 pm

    Some of those people really need to grow up.

  8. dicconzane October 4, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    Hmmm was C.S. Lewis not a christian? Rhetorical question. Did he not write “The Lion, the WITCH and the Wardrobe”? Another one, although admittedly written along the resurrection and second coming. He also wrote a lot of christian books. Maybe the Wiccans got him and held him at gunpoint.

    Diccon

  9. Z October 4, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    Did you see the rest of that? They banned buying spanish fiction on the grounds that it might give pleasure to illegal aliens! They thought better of that one and retracted it though.

  10. marallyn October 4, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    w…www..wiccans? you have wiccans in america…quick georgia…call out the klan…that should do it…oh and btw…dumbledor is on vacation in florida with the good fairy…

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