Yes, folks, these kinds of stories do crop up from time to time, and when they do I think it’s important to speak out against such crazy logic.
According to Fox News, St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, has banned the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling after an E-Mail to teachers from the Rev, Dan Reehil described the books as being dangerous because they…
“Present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception.”
Ah, I hadn’t realized that the Harry Potter books were, in fact, a cunning plan by the monstrously evil Rowling, who is clearly trying to convert these good kids into satanic worshippers. It’s all clear to me now so suddenly.
“The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” the email, obtained by WTVF, states. “I have consulted several exorcists, both in the United States and in Rome, and they have recommended removing the books from circulation.”
I’d genuinely like to have a chat with these exorcists, those who practice this noble and ancient form of theological warfare. Of course, we’d have to consider that exorcism is regularly used by some communities to rid their young of evil spirits. These evil spirits are clearly forcing the youth to sample the arts of evil, such as the Devil’s lettuce and skateboarding, clear marks of the Dark Lord of Hell himself surely? Or, we could view this as an archaic and morally repugnant practice designed to recondition people to play by the rules that a small sample of society believes is justly enforced.
As an atheist, it’s no real surprise that I wouldn’t be on board with this silly gesture, but really it’s not about that. Stories are just that, stories, and if the kids of Tennessee are unable to find the distinction between made-up stories and fact, well, I guess they’ll fit right in with their teachers won’t they? (Ok, that was an atheist comment for sure)
The idea of banning something because it dares to use some imagination horrifies me truly. I’m also betting that Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is equally banned, seen as it goes one step further and has an old senile God actually killed in the books. If people’s faith in their God is so fragile that it is shattered by Ronald Weasley and Sirius Snape, then maybe the argument doesn’t stack up very well in the first place?
Don’t think, obey, don’t deviate, follow the rest of the flock! Yes, these are messages that not only refuse to question anything about various religions, but they also result in extreme behavior justified by following the path set by an invisible sky wizard. Kid’s of Tennessee, do yourselves a favor, don’t listen to your teachers this time. It’s not your best interests they have at heart, it’s exerting complete control over your life.
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I say people are free to believe whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t cause harm to others, or break any laws. At the same time, this trend of banning books IS harmful to others, because it denies access to different ideas and just damn good little stories.
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SOURCE: Fox News