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Religious idiocy

Postby Fred in Skirts » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:28 pm

I just read that St. Edwards school in Nashville has pulled all the Harry Potter books from the school library because Rev. Dan Reehil believes that the “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the texts.” :twisted:

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2019/09/04/harry-potter-books-removed-at-nashville-catholic-school/23806801/

Why on earth does the good reverend believe that the fictional spells and curses created from thin blue air by J. K. Rowling have any magical or mystical power? I have heard some strange reasons for religious institutions to ban various books before, but this may be the strangest.

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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby Grok » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:11 pm

Why do some people take literally what is obviously fiction?
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby Freedomforall » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:29 pm

Oh yes welcome to Nashville. Praise the Lord, God, guns, and the Bible. Oh can you pour me another drink please?
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby Jim » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:33 pm

Fred in Skirts wrote:Why on earth does the good reverend believe that the fictional spells and curses created from thin blue air by J. K. Rowling have any magical or mystical power?


While I don't agree with the action, I think I understand it.

If evil spirits exist, which a literal reading of the Bible would suggest, then someone calling on a spirit to act might get a response. It's not that the spells have power, it's that demons have power.

Given that assumption, does it make some sense?
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby john62 » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:35 pm

No.
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby pelmut » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:37 pm

Some religious organisations in the U.K. objected to the books because they might encourage children to believe in magic. I'm sure I wasn't the only one to see the irony of that.
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby 6ft3Aussie » Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:15 pm

It's in someways similar to the political correctness which has been dumped on us, which seeks to ensure that nobody could be offended.

Hey half of the nursery rhymes we had when I was a kid are not banned, and seen as racist or sexist.
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby Fred in Skirts » Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:30 pm

I have always stated that I was an escapee of the Political Correctness Penitentiary.

I do not believe in being politically correct. It just goes against my beliefs. Black is Black and White is White. I do not see everything as gray. They may want us to see only gray but the world is not gray it is in full living colour. And that is how I see it.

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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby dillon » Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:06 am

I saw that on Facebook and was surprised...even though it takes a lot for anything social conservatives do to surprise me any more. It’s something I might have expected from a backwoods snake-handling evangelical school, but not from a Catholic high school. I’d have presumed that such an educational policy would have been approved by some church authority.
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby pelmut » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:38 am

Fred in Skirts wrote:... I have heard some strange reasons for religious institutions to ban various books before, but this may be the strangest.

It's a good way of ensuring every child will want to read the books.
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby crfriend » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:05 am

pelmut wrote:It's a good way of ensuring every child will want to read the books.

There is that to be said for the policy...
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby shadowfax » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:35 am

pelmut wrote:Some religious organisations in the U.K. objected to the books because they might encourage children to believe in magic. I'm sure I wasn't the only one to see the irony of that.

With all of the worrying about Health & Safety, maybe the religious orgs think that a child will get hurt trying to access Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross railway station to get onto the Hogwarts Express! :wink: :)
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby Kirbstone » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:30 pm

Nah, I'd be more worried about 'fluffy' the three-headed dog.

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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby partlyscot » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:29 pm

Quite a few children probably *believe* in the magic of Harry Potter, but most don't I think. Those that do, and grow out of it, and those that understand from the start that it is fantasy, might end up comparing the believability of the fairly cohesive "Potter Universe" with that of *other stories* they are required to take on faith.

This is, I suspect, is why some people regard them as dangerous.
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Re: Religious idiocy

Postby beachlion » Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:43 pm

I remember stories about children trying to fly like Peter Pan. They were surprised it did not work if they survived the jumps. It could be fake news from the 50s and 60s nevertheless. But it looks like there is nothing new under the sun.

The action of the clergy looks like getting rid of any competition. ;)
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