Mom: Kick Potter Out of School

Laura Mallory is not a Harry Potter fan, and she isn't giving up the fight to have the popular character taken out of elementary school. Full Story
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Bob - dad of 2 mid-schlrs

Martinsburg, WV

#1 Oct 24, 2007
Sorry Laura, but you're way off base on this one. If you don't want your kids reading Harry Potter - fine, teach them to obey your wishes - but don't ever presume to make that decision for MY kids, or for anybody else's kids but your own. And the next time you want to ban a book, you should actually read it first. For the Potter series, you'd find them celebrating well-known pagan holidays like Christmas, oops, my bads - I guess that makes them Christians, like you and I. So that you get the real message here, prejudice is bad, even when practiced against fictional characters, because tp pre-judge is to make decisions from a positions of ignorance. Now that's a lesson worth learning for your kids.
Blackberry

Middlesbrough, UK

#2 Oct 26, 2007
A lot of things in this world go against my religion. But because my religion is a personal faith I have the decency to keep it to myself unless it is causing serious harm.

People arn't taught enough about religions such as Pagan so they grow up narrow minded. But then of course, if it wss taught in school people would be up in arms about that as well. >_<
Motherof1

United States

#3 Oct 29, 2007
Just because you don't want your kids reading the Potter series doesn't give you the right to make that decision for everyone else. There is witchcraft in the Bible if you aren't aware of it. You should do your research before making decisions for everyone.

Since: Sep 07

Atlanta, GA

#5 Oct 29, 2007
I agree with what everyone has said so far. It's not right for someone to make decisions regarding other people's children. It's one thing to forbid your own kids to read something, and quite another to influence a decision that affects many other kids.

Let's all try to be more open-minded. Part of the beauty of America is that we're all allowed to think, feel, believe, express, and READ different things.
Dr Wynn

Tucker, GA

#7 Oct 29, 2007
Motherof1 wrote:
Just because you don't want your kids reading the Potter series doesn't give you the right to make that decision for everyone else. There is witchcraft in the Bible if you aren't aware of it. You should do your research before making decisions for everyone.
This lady wants to control something. I wonder if she read the story of Moses in the old testement. Then she would see Pharho's magicians use magic. She's blind. If she doesn't want her kids to learn about certain things she can take them out of school and teach them at home. Home schooling is an alternative for her. That way she can tell her kids what to read. I don't want her dictating what mine can and can not read.
Hermione Granger

Limington, ME

#8 Nov 11, 2007
Whitney - Atlanta wrote:
I agree with what everyone has said so far. It's not right for someone to make decisions regarding other people's children. It's one thing to forbid your own kids to read something, and quite another to influence a decision that affects many other kids.
Let's all try to be more open-minded. Part of the beauty of America is that we're all allowed to think, feel, believe, express, and READ different things.
I completely agree with you. I hate when people do this. They can't really forbid anything agaist others. She can tell her kids not to read it and be done with it. Not go on message boards and tell everyone else not to. That's just crazy, plus you get a lot of haters doing that and I'm usually one of them.
Blackberry

Middlesbrough, UK

#9 Nov 11, 2007
Hermione Granger wrote:
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I completely agree with you. I hate when people do this. They can't really forbid anything agaist others. She can tell her kids not to read it and be done with it.
... yes and bring more narrow minded, God-fearing people into the word while she's at it!:(
Unemployed WASP

San Bernardino, CA

#10 Nov 17, 2007
Dismantle the leftard public indoctrination centers. They are unreformable.
David

Lexington, KY

#12 Dec 10, 2007
I would like to bring this subject back to our attention though it has been only a month after I first noticed this. Congratulations, Laura, for you stand. I work with teenagers on a weekly basis. Satan has put a fear into everyone and suicide rates go up, violence is increasing, and young people have no desire to do anything or have any purpose in their life that would cause this nation to be as great as it already is. I love America, but works like Harry Potter is tearing our purpose apart. This is not just speaking for the Christians as I am, but it is also the view of a good portion of the American people.

“Dont judge me.”

Since: Dec 07

New Port Richey, FL

#13 Dec 10, 2007
There is nothing wrong with Harry Potter ive read all 7 books and iam a BIG fan of reading now because of it, if my grandmother hadnt forced me to read as a punishment when i was 9 when the first HP book came out i wouldnt be 17(just turned 17 last tuesday) and a freshman in college i have a VERY high reading level thanks to thoes books i think they are great for enticing a child to read more often.
Nelson

Stone Mountain, GA

#14 Dec 10, 2007
David wrote:
I would like to bring this subject back to our attention though it has been only a month after I first noticed this. Congratulations, Laura, for you stand. I work with teenagers on a weekly basis. Satan has put a fear into everyone and suicide rates go up, violence is increasing, and young people have no desire to do anything or have any purpose in their life that would cause this nation to be as great as it already is. I love America, but works like Harry Potter is tearing our purpose apart. This is not just speaking for the Christians as I am, but it is also the view of a good portion of the American people.
Say what?

If Satan had put fear into everyone, then they would be seeking God's guidance.

And how does the suicide rate going up relate to HP books? I've never seen anything in the movies or books which advocates suicide.

The violence had started LONG before HP books hit the shelves. If you're worried about the violence, then we must ban the Bible because it is filled with violence(many wars/battles, John the Baptist being beheaded), adultery(King David?), slavery(Joseph & others), etc.

Let kids read what THEIR parents allow them to read. She has no right to tell any other parent what their kids should/should not read.
Notorious P-I-G

Atlanta, GA

#15 Dec 10, 2007
This woman seems to be an UNENDING embarassment to Georgia, the South and the United States. Can't someone sue her for wasting the time of taxpayer supported boards and institutions? What do we have to do to make her SHUT UP?
scott

Lawrenceville, GA

#16 Dec 10, 2007
Hp supports paganism and witchcraft and the wiccan religion. Anyon e who is not afraid to expose their children to this garbage is very foolish. We rate movies and music to warn parents who may be unawares. Well if you don't know your unaware that the runes and spells and demonic sayings in the book are the actual ones used in the practice of paganism white witchcraft and black magic witchcraft. If there is no devil, no spirit world , no demons, no angels and no God then these books are just harmless fantasy fun. But if there really is a spirit realm you have imported poison and provided it to you own children. You decide. This woman is right. You should be able to give to your own kids if you're so foolish. But the govt should not provide it in the school system. The things in HP are a religion and in my opinion a very evil one for it seeks to destroy our greatest asset our children. Jesus said the things that cause men to sin must come but woe to the one hom through it comes. And he also said it is better to have a mill stone tied around your neck and thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones who believe in me to sin. Ya'll better be careful. God is God all by himself. You gonna get in trouble if you keep supporting evil and opposing good.
Jim A

Newport News, VA

#19 Dec 11, 2007
I dont approve of Harry Potter for my kids but if the school wants to keep it on the shelves..so be it ..long as it does not become a course or book report for my kids..no way no how ..there are plenty good books for them to read at their age..
PlayfulAtHeart

Atlanta, GA

#20 Dec 11, 2007
I am confused.... I thought this woman had already gone through Gwinnett County BOE, and then appealed their ruling to the state, which also was turned down.

Why does she continue to waste our taxpayers dollars on a single point-of-view?

It's not like the schools are promoting the book, or requiring the children to read it. Do we start censoring everything that has a reference to a religion outside of christianity, fictional or not?

If she really wants to make a difference...

1) teach her children what she feels is appropriate reading material to suit her beliefs..... but don't take away my right as a parent to educate my child on what I feel is appropriate or not, or my child's right read to what our beliefs say is acceptable.

2) contribute to the local school libraries to provide additional reading material that she deems appropriate. Even provide a list of 'alternative readings' to an HP novel.
keepnreal

Duluth, GA

#21 Dec 11, 2007
scott wrote:
Hp supports paganism and witchcraft and the wiccan religion. Anyon e who is not afraid to expose their children to this garbage is very foolish. We rate movies and music to warn parents who may be unawares. Well if you don't know your unaware that the runes and spells and demonic sayings in the book are the actual ones used in the practice of paganism white witchcraft and black magic witchcraft. If there is no devil, no spirit world , no demons, no angels and no God then these books are just harmless fantasy fun. But if there really is a spirit realm you have imported poison and provided it to you own children. You decide. This woman is right. You should be able to give to your own kids if you're so foolish. But the govt should not provide it in the school system. The things in HP are a religion and in my opinion a very evil one for it seeks to destroy our greatest asset our children. Jesus said the things that cause men to sin must come but woe to the one hom through it comes. And he also said it is better to have a mill stone tied around your neck and thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones who believe in me to sin. Ya'll better be careful. God is God all by himself. You gonna get in trouble if you keep supporting evil and opposing good.
I support what you have written. It shows agape love for our children. Unfortunately some people are still in darkness as you can by the responses to your post. We all must be encouraged, all that is written against what you've expressed reveals the word of God to be even more powerful and true. As you know, in His word he said we would face persecution. I, as a parent, would rather have the word of God presented to me by my children and grandchildren than having them attempting to cast spells and summon demons. I don't care if anyone agrees with me or not. God is right and everyone else is wrong. He's the one that created us. The irony of it all is that if it wasn't for the prayers of the saints in this country, we would have went down like Sodom and Gomorrah. If I can recall the Columbine shooters believed in this kind anti-Christian behavior. This week another gunman killed because he "hated Christians". Keep the faith, in the end victory will be for the one that overcomes.
scott

Lawrenceville, GA

#22 Dec 11, 2007
hey max good lookin didn't know to oppose beowulf my bad will avoid that as well.

Since: Jul 07

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#23 Dec 11, 2007
keepnreal wrote:
<quoted text>I support what you have written. It shows agape love for our children. Unfortunately some people are still in darkness as you can by the responses to your post. We all must be encouraged, all that is written against what you've expressed reveals the word of God to be even more powerful and true. As you know, in His word he said we would face persecution. I, as a parent, would rather have the word of God presented to me by my children and grandchildren than having them attempting to cast spells and summon demons. I don't care if anyone agrees with me or not. God is right and everyone else is wrong. He's the one that created us. The irony of it all is that if it wasn't for the prayers of the saints in this country, we would have went down like Sodom and Gomorrah. If I can recall the Columbine shooters believed in this kind anti-Christian behavior. This week another gunman killed because he "hated Christians". Keep the faith, in the end victory will be for the one that overcomes.
The guy who shot those innocent Christians two days ago in Colorado was a Christian wasnt he? how then can he be Anti-Christian?

Religion gets the blame again, the guy was sick, it had nothing to do with the fact he hated Christians.
keepnreal

Duluth, GA

#24 Dec 11, 2007
Kethry wrote:
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The guy who shot those innocent Christians two days ago in Colorado was a Christian wasnt he? how then can he be Anti-Christian?
Religion gets the blame again, the guy was sick, it had nothing to do with the fact he hated Christians.
This is from his posting on a web site " all I want to do is kill and injure as many of you... as I can especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world". He was not a Christian, possibly he claimed to be at one time, but quit the organization he was with. How can he be a Christian when he makes this claim against those who follow Christ? Sure, he was sick and the root of that sickness is sin. The voices he said heard were not of the Father, therefore I can sincerely say that he was not Christian, but hated Christians according his own source.
scott

Lawrenceville, GA

#25 Dec 11, 2007
Playful not say that HP or any other books should be banned from barnes and nobles thats the owners decision. I own a media outlet and Hp,porn and many others are banned. Just don't need the money that bad. Also banned pastor troy, bone and many rap groups that espouse satan But if the school included these poisonous things their would be an uproar and they would be right.

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