Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Harry Potter Nonsense

Apparently, the folks over at WingNutDaily have found yet another reason for the impending downfall of civilization...Harry Potter. Referring to another fundie author, WND says...

"But, contends author Steve Wohlberg, what many people don't know is that
when Harry Potter and his Firebolt whoosh off the shelf, he's not alone. A
victory for Harry Potter means a victory for Wicca, a religion that practices
various forms of witchcraft."

Because so many kids (and adults who are fans of the series) have embraced witchcraft since the first installment of the story, right? Wohlberg offers this in the way of supporting that assertion...

"Wohlberg's new book "Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft: The Menace
Beneath the Magic," asserts that "Harry Potter" purchases are often accompanied
at the sales counter with materials on Wicca. Increasing numbers of young
readers also frequent Wicca websites, cast "Love and Money Spells," and practice "white magic."

My question, as always...where's your proof, Mr. Wohlberg? You can't make sweeping comments like these, then not give so much as a link to a study or poll which would give your argument credibility.

WND tries to bolster its own article by adding the following...

"...the Vatican's top exorcist has condemned the series as leading children
to the devil.
Rev. Gabriele Amorth said: "You start off with Harry Potter,
who comes across as a likeable wizard, but you end up with the devil. There is
no doubt that the signature of the Prince of Darkness is clearly within these

Again, that's why there's been such an upswing in Satanic rituals and ritualistic killings since the beginning of the series, right? Honestly, this same argument has been put forth with each new book and it's every bit as ridiculous this time as it has been in the past.

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