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[a mother whose attempt to ban Harry Potter from the library shelves of public schools failed]

At Tuesday’s hearing, Mallory argued in part that witchcraft is a religion practiced by some people and, therefore, the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

“I have a dream that God will be welcomed back in our schools again,” Mallory said. “I think we need him.”

Mallory said she has testimony from children who have read the Harry Potter books and have thought about acting out spells described in the books.

“They don’t want the Easter Bunny’s power,” Mallory said. “The children in our generation want Harry’s power, and they’re getting it.”

Laura Mallory, Pensacola News Journal 79 Comments [5/30/2007 12:00:00 AM]
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KillWhitey

Really? They get magic powers? No fair Superman came out way before Harry Potter and I still don't have my heat vision. Also i want laser feet.

5/30/2007 4:08:13 AM

xMinionX

What the fuck kind of powers can the easter bunny have that can compare to that?

5/30/2007 4:11:40 AM

Gadren

Here's a video story about it...
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=3341556&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=3.2.1

After hearing her... this is all I can say:


Oh, and:

5/30/2007 4:16:57 AM

papabear

“The children in our generation want Harry’s power, and they’re getting it.”

Who is getting \"Harry's power?\" Prove that some child has become an effective spell caster by reading about Harry Potter. Prove it, or shut up.


Pensacola. I should have guessed. She's from the land of \"eye babies.\"

5/30/2007 4:17:45 AM

NJ Osprey

Quick. Ban Disney’s Cinderella. After all, those fairy godmothers use MAGIC: Bippity-Boopity-Boo. The rest of the movie is to painful to watch.

5/30/2007 4:23:56 AM

balom


5/30/2007 4:27:40 AM

Lazuline

I want the Easter Bunny's powers. Not a day goes by that I don't look at a tree and say to myself, \"Damn it, that tree needs some brightly colored eggs in it!\"

5/30/2007 4:41:16 AM

I am not Dr. Cox

so wait allowing your religion to be practiced in a public placeis constitunal, but Harry Potter books violate it because people \"use\" witchcraft?

5/30/2007 4:48:13 AM

Osiris

Most of the \"spells\" in Harry Potter involve waving a wand around (snore) and speaking Latin (*yawn*). Seriously why don't we ban Bibles because reading them in school violates sepreation of church and state? Oh wait it dosn't. Teaching them to your kids in school does however, and no English teacher and school would make Harry Potter requried reading.

5/30/2007 5:05:21 AM

DogEatDog

We have L Ron Hubbard books in our library! They are trying to teach us Scientology.

5/30/2007 5:17:10 AM

Lunalelle

Having Harry Potter and its very fake (from the author's imagination) witchcraft intended for fiction in schools is a violation of church and state, but we should bring Christianity in the schools and that wouldn't? On what planet does she find this logic?

5/30/2007 5:51:57 AM

Prager

I can't quite decide which I should do - laugh at her or feel very sorry for her.

5/30/2007 6:37:27 AM

Redhunter

the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

“I have a dream that God will be welcomed back in our schools again,”


I'm still shaking my head at that part.

5/30/2007 6:46:37 AM

Trilobiter

At Tuesday’s hearing, Mallory argued in part that witchcraft is a religion practiced by some people and, therefore, the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

Jesus, no wonder the judge sided with the school board. It's a fictional novel, not the Grand Grimoire.

5/30/2007 7:49:34 AM

Napoleon the Clown

Well isn't that special?

5/30/2007 8:48:04 AM

Mr Smith

I hate to state the obvious, but Laura does know that the Easter Bunny isn't real? She does know that doesn't she?

Mind you, how do you prove that a human sized fluffy rabbit hasn't been hiding eggs everywhere in April?

5/30/2007 8:54:11 AM

Captain Janeway

The easter bunny is part of Germanic fokelore, usurped by Jeebus.

Stupid, stupid, fundies.

5/30/2007 9:24:43 AM

anevilmeme

Doesn't she know that magick isn't real?

Oh wait, she's a fundie.

5/30/2007 9:26:22 AM

Laurel

I might have a half-modicum of respect for her position if she didn't keep admitting she's never read the books.

5/30/2007 9:30:14 AM

Ambrielle

Goddammit. Where are my Harry Potter powers? Riddikulus!

5/30/2007 9:48:50 AM

Alejandro

@Ambrielle: Does that mean that your Boggarts look like Chrsitian fundies? ;)

5/30/2007 10:27:53 AM

Encolpius

Oh, if only you knew how early Christians spread so quickly by assimilating PAGAN Roman festival days, Laura...

5/30/2007 10:32:34 AM

szenah

They don’t want the Easter Bunny’s power


Funniest thing I've read all day.

5/30/2007 10:44:49 AM

Øyvind

At Tuesday’s hearing, Mallory argued in part that witchcraft is a religion practiced by some people and, therefore, the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
Nonsense. You're allowed to read a Bible in school, so you're allowed to read Potter in school.

As a side note, Star Wars, too, is a religion to many people. Should those books be banned, too? Should the Bible be banned because the opening scenes contain nudity, which could remind people of Wicca?

“The children in our generation want Harry’s power, and they’re getting it.”
Another moron thinking witchraft is real and that the Potter books are instruction manuals.

5/30/2007 11:10:12 AM

MilkyWay

When reading fiction, it's supposed to be \"willing SUSPENSION of disbelief\", NOT \"willing permanent abandonment of disbelief\".

Though, I suppose that mistake is understandable, since it clearly is spilling over from the way you relate to that one big fairytale.

5/30/2007 12:19:29 PM
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