Monday, 20 February 2006

Harry Potter banned!

Banned? What me?
Thanks to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, I've just discovered another amazing fact: extremists in both the Christian and Muslim camps found common ground in condemning Harry Potter novels! I'm not kidding you. Extremist religious groups in the USA attacked the books for promoting witchcraft and undermining Islam and Christianity. There were even crackpot complaints that children would stop believing in miracles if they saw them as merely another form of J. K. Rowling's magic. The American Library Association reported that the Harry Potter novels were in the top 100 most frequently complained-about books in US libraries between 1990 and 2000. Complaints included their occult themes, satanism, violence and anti-family values. Apparently, in some cases, Harry Potter books were actually banned from library shelves! Honest! I couldn't make up this nonsense if I tried. And this in the Land of the Free. What of those countries where religious dictatorships hold sway?
The Harry Potter novels have sold 300 million copies worldwide, and this figure doesn't include library issues. Multiply by 20 or 30. Here is a perfect example of the silent majority voting with its feet.
Imagine what life would be like if religious extremists were allowed to take control again...a new Dark Ages. And Potter behind bars!


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