Shooting fish in a barrel

An American mother of four wants Harry Potter books banned from libraries.

Referring to the recent rash of deadly assaults at schools, Mallory said books that promote evil — as she claims the Potter ones do — help foster the kind of culture where school shootings happen. That would not happen if students instead read the Bible, Mallory said.

The article says:

Laura Mallory, a mother of four from the Atlanta suburb of Loganville, told a Georgia Board of Education officer on Tuesday that the books by British author J.K. Rowling, sought to indoctrinate children as Wiccans, or practitioners of religious witchcraft… the books are harmful to children who are unable to differentiate between reality and fantasy.

I agree. Rather than expose children to fantasy, I think we should teach them that their every move is being watched by a giant bearded super-being who lives in the sky.






0 responses to “Shooting fish in a barrel”

  1. Both the recent US school shootings were perpretrated by men in their 30s (perhaps older in the case of the one in Colorado). Harry Potter books weren’t around when they were young adults.

    Still, I doubt that Ms Mallory is one for reasoned argument.

  2. Gary

    Ah, but they existed IN THE WORLD when the SHOOTINGS HAPPENED!

    / wanders off to burn a heretic

  3. david

    I’m a man in my thirties and I’ve read the Harry Potter books. I haven’t, as yet, shot anybody.

    Come to think of it – I also play computer games. I think I should hand myself in for my own good.

  4. Considering the number of people who’ve read the books and seen the films, if this woman’s right, the entire world will shortly be destroyed. Perhaps we should leave.

  5. Gary

    This is too good not to share:

    Irony alert: man wants Fahrenheit 451 banned.

    [Via Alternet]

  6. david

    Apparently he hasn’t read the book. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t read any books.

  7. I heard a rumor that Disney might be making a Harry Potter theme park? I imagine that it would do very well for a while, but in the long run it would flop.