Fundie PC: the War On Harry Potter

30 05 2007
Image via Cox and Forkum

Harry Potter has again been accused of corrupting the youth of America.

A suburban Atlanta mother who believes the best-selling Harry Potter books promote witchcraft said Tuesday she may take her quest to ban the writings from her county schools to federal court after a state judge rejected her latest effort.

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Mallory has tried to ban the books from county school library shelves since August 2005, arguing that the popular fiction series is an attempt to indoctrinate children in witchcraft.

Ban Harry Potter? Doesn’t she realise that Voldemort and his Death Eaters are still out there?

And how about this for a textbook case of fundamentalist Christian cognitive dissonance (or is it just blatant hypocrisy?):

At Tuesday’s hearing, Mallory argued in part that witchcraft is a religion practiced by some people and, therefore, the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

I have a dream that God will be welcomed back in our schools again,” Mallory said. “I think we need him.”

Emphases added. I think Mallory needs a better lawyer–one quick enough to advise her that her case might have a better chance of success if she keeps her mouth closed. Meanwhile, I’m off to watch the quidditch.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released on July 21.

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