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Wait, Which Book Corrupts Children's Minds?
2005.07.16 (Sat) 14:56
In honor of the US release of the new Harry Potter book today, we wanted to mention something that we ran across on Skeptico. As you may know, the Catholic Church has spent the past few years whining about how J.K. Rowling's books are E-ville because they promote witchcraft. Other small-minded Christian groups have also joined in the persistent whine.
Well, the folks over at The Chaser ran an article the other day that turns the tables on the goddites:
A number of concerned British Harry Potter fans have spoken out against the Bible, claiming that the holy text of the Christian Church can cause serious damage to children. "Reading the Bible teaches children to believe in the supernatural," said one English Literature academic from Oxford University, Lewis Williams. "The tales of Jesus turning water into wine are fairly harmless, but there is a serious risk of children drowning if they try to walk on water," he said. "And the chance of serious bodily harm isn't exactly minimised by that whole 'resurrection-from-the-dead' story either."
It's a short but extremely funny article — go read the rest, even if you aren't a Harry Potter fan.
And to the goddites: maybe if you didn't believe that magic and demons and ghosts were real, then these kinds of fictional stories might not worry you so much. Grow up.
Now please excuse us — our pre-ordered copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince literally just arrived, and it's time to do some reading!
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