A Lexington County public library is poisoning the minds of area children with occultic films which promote witchcraft and “reject God’s Word,” according to a Midlands right-wing advocacy organization.
Of course we’re talking about the wildly popular Harry Potter series, which the group Columbia Christians for Life believes is “presenting to [children] as “good” that which the Bible says is ‘evil’ (i.e., Witchcraft and Wizardry).” The group told supporters via email Wednesday evening that the Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library has been showing the Harry Potter films throughout the month of July, “despite citizen complaints to Lexington County Library officials, and informing two Lexington County Council members.”
It seems the group believes children who follow the adventures of Hogwarts’ young witches and wizards will grow up to become spell-casting Satan-worshippers themselves… You know, in the same way that watching Dexter turns people into serial killers or CSI turns them into crime-solvers.
Asking supporters to call and email Lexington County Council members demanding they put an end to the Witch-a-thon and decrease the library’s funding, Columbia Christians for Life indicated that any council member who disagrees should be voted out of office. The group backed up their demands and proved God’s apparent dislike for the Potter series by including several Bible verses from Deuteronomy and other Old Testament books:
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire (which, in the Harry Potter series, could be accomplished by a simple shield charm), or that useth divination (one of Harry’s least favorite classes at Hogwarts), or an observer of times (sounds like Hermione’s time-turner), or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer (such as Gilderoy Lockhart), or a consulter with familiar spirits (hopefully fire whiskey), or a wizard, or a necromancer.”
The anti-Potter group doesn’t seem to have actually read the text or researched the theme of the books, which author J.K. Rowling has explicitly refuted as “anti-Christian.” In one interview, Rowling even acknowledges that the series deals extensively with Christian themes such as [SPOILER ALERT] Harry’s noble self-sacrifice and subsequent resurrection… Sound familiar?
The Hogwarts calendar even includes breaks for the Christmas and Easter holidays, indicating that Rowling’s witches and wizards are Christians themselves. ”I go to church myself,” Rowling told MTV. “I don’t take any responsibility for the lunatic fringes of my own religion.”
Incidentally, if you’re interested in brainwashing your kids into little sorcerers by watching the Harry Potter films at the library, the next one is playing on Monday at 5:00pm.