The stupid, it burns: A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee, has banned all Harry Potter books from the school library, claiming that “the curses and spells” used in the books are “real.”
Harry Potter books removed from school library because they contain ‘real’ curses and spells.
A Roman Catholic school in Tennessee has banished JK Rowling’s universally popular series of Harry Potter novels from its library shelves after its pastor took exception to their portrayal of magic, warning the spells and curses the author describes are real and “risk conjuring evil spirits” when read.
The students at St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville can no longer checkout the popular Harry Potter book series from their school’s library.
The seven-book series depicting the magical adventures of a young wizard and his friends was removed from the library because of their content, the Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at the Roman Catholic parish school, wrote in an email.
In the email, the Rev. Dan Reehil explains that the books use “actual curses and spells” which “risk conjuring evil spirits” –
These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. 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 text.
Reports also note that Rev. Reehil claims that he “consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books.”
This is not the first time some ignorant religious fanatics have made wild claims concerning Harry Potter.
Last April, in an attempt to fight the supposed “magical powers” of Harry Potter, Catholic priests in Poland began burning the books. Claiming that the books were “sacrilegious,” Roman Catholic priests in northern Poland began a campaign of burning the books. In a since deleted Facebook post the priests tried to justify the book burning by citing Bible verses.
For example, they cited this passage from Acts:
Many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Burn the images of their gods. Don’t desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God.
And of course, Catholics aren’t the only religious extremists who have tried to ban the Harry Potter books. The books also frighten many conservative Christians.
Vox notes that “one of the biggest sources of Harry Potter opposition came from Focus on the Family,” a popular and well-financed Christian hate group.
It is deeply sad and pathetic to think that supposedly competent adults believe that magic and sorcery is real, and that a few lines from Harry Potter have the power to conjure “evil spirits.” Such religious superstition and willful ignorance brings shame to the human race, and speaks to deep and fundamental character flaws that will take generations to overcome.
Bottom line: After consulting leading exorcists in the U.S. and Rome, a Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee, has banned all Harry Potter books from the school library, claiming that “the curses and spells” used in the books are “real.”
Can you feel the stupid?