Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a treat. An article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Laura Mallory was published on January 28. Ms. Mallory wrote the article to attempt to disspell some of the misconceptions about her case to remove the Harry Potter books from the shelves in the Gwynett County School System. Here is an excerpt:
Myth: We are trying to ban Harry Potter.
Truth: This case first began when we noticed the books in our son’s elementary school classroom. We were then told by the school that anything in the school library may be used in the classroom. The original request of August 2005 asked that the books be removed from the classrooms and libraries due to the extreme evil and violent content, the promotion of witchcraft (Wicca) and the age-inappropriateness. We are not trying to ban Harry Potter. The books may of course be purchased in bookstores or checked out at public libraries, but need not be encouraged, assigned and read aloud in our children’s schools and classrooms. Are they ready to put the Bible and prayer back in our schools and classrooms and read it aloud?
Myth: This is a one-woman fight.
Truth: I have never been alone in this “fight.” There are hundreds and even thousands of other parents who have stood up against the Harry Potter series and its paganization of this generation. The American Library Association reports Harry Potter books rank No. 1 on the list of most challenged books of the 21st century, having received more than 3,000 challenges nationwide. Additionally, there have been numerous people who have become dear friends who have written, called and helped with their love, encouragement, prayers and donations. Without them, I could not have continued this case.
It has not been an easy path to take, but one in which I know I must not quit. God has been with me, answering specific prayers and reassuring me of His will and His Word, and my husband of nearly 13 years has supported and stood with me — I’m enormously grateful. This has never been a one-woman fight; if it were, believe me, I would have quit long ago.
Myth: Witchcraft is just harmless fantasy.
Truth: This is perhaps the greatest myth of all. America’s desensitization to the occult is not only sad, but dangerous. We are in serious need of revival and a return to the traditional Judeo-Christian roots upon which our blessed country was founded.
I cannot count the times I have been told that these books are “just fantasy.” But if you would like to know the truth, please keep reading and do your own research.
Not only is witchcraft a real religion, subtly intriguing and luring our children and teens in unprecedented numbers, but it is also a dangerous one, often leaving its followers in darkness, depression and even suicidal. This was verified by a teenager from Lawrenceville and Mrs. Marsha McWhorter, a registered nurse and certified marriage and family therapist, both of whom testified at the Gwinnett County hearing on April 20, 2006, coincidentally, the anniversary of the tragic shootings at Columbine High School.
And now my attempt to clear up a misconception.
Myth: Laura Mallory has read the Harry Potter books so she is making an informed judgement called.
Truth: Laura Mallory has never completely read one of the Harry Potter books.
Myth: I will take Laura Mallory and her followers seriously.
Truth: I don’t think so. While some children who have followed Wicca have ended up being depressed, violent and/or suicidal- do we know there was a direct correlation? And forget about that, whether that is relevant or not, Harry Potter does not equal Wicca. Anyone who has read Harry Potter can figure that out, but that brings me back to the previous Myth.
I’m done with you, Laura Mallory. Unless there are any really humorous quotes from you (like the “God” one from last week) or any significant happenings with the story, the Harry Potter Prognostications listeners and readers will have to get their Laura Mallory news elsewhere. I am wiping my hands clean(ish) of her.