J.K. Rowling’s creation has been a touchstone for controversy, setting off a battle of theories, moral judgements, and spiritual warfare.
Harry Potter and anti-Christian bigotry
By LINDA HARVEY, WorldNetDaily – OPINION
Is it possible Harry Potter is fostering anti-Christian bigotry in our youth?
Our kids hear every day in public schools about the perils of “intolerance” and “homophobia.” They are cautioned frequently to “separate church and state,” because not to do so would result in vague, unspecified horrors. And merely raising an eyebrow at evolutionary theory can unleash pent-up fury over Christian beliefs.
So, kids know who the establishment thinks are supposed to be the “bad guys” in America: conservative Christians. But then along comes the most popular book series of all time to further undermine Christian theology by glamorizing occult practices – and it doesn’t end there. Harry Potter has a not-so-subtle political message as well.
Kids read a story and figure out right off who the heroes are, and who the villains. In the Potter tales, there are several types of villains: the “dark magic” Lord Voldemort and his ilk; the mean teen wizard group at the Hogwart’s school; and then there’s a group we might call the fools. In Harry’s world, they’re called “Muggles.”
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By DR. TED BAEHR, WorldNetDaily – OPINION
Watching 6- and 7-year-old children walk out of the press screening for the new “Harry Potter” movie (as well as the many reviewers and others with witchcraft symbols on their clothes and S&M dresses) is always an opportunity to reflect on the malignant corruption of our culture.
Aside from the fact that these children are exposed to ugly creatures, fantastic violence and worthless incantations, this movie has some dialogue that sounds like it comes out of Stuart Smalley’s Daily Affirmations on “Saturday Night Live.” Namely, when professor Dumbledore sits Harry down and tells him, “You are not a bad person. Every person has light and darkness. You have a choice.”
Imagine saying this to Cho Seung-Hui after he had his killing spree at Virginia Tech this spring. Or Adolf Hitler.
Contrary to Dumbledore’s idiotic aphorisms, there are bad people.
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The Passion of Harry…can we get closer to the Lord while on a broomstick? Part III
By PATRICK WHITE, The Globe and Mail
Poor Harry Potter.
As if battling Voldemort, Death Eaters and Dementors wasn’t enough, the boy wizard has also endured the wrath of religious conservatives in the decade since J.K. Rowling’s books first found their way into the hearts of young Muggles the world over.
There have been book burnings, book bans and even a declaration by one Catholic Church official last year that Harry Potter is “the devil.”
But with Potter fans already lining up ahead of the final book release this Saturday, some Christian denominations are now eschewing condemnation for praise, embracing Ms. Rowling’s tales as powerful religious fables for our time.
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