Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ga. judge: Keep Potter books in school

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The adventures of boy wizard
Harry Potter can stay in Gwinnett County school libraries, despite a mother's objections, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Laura Mallory, who argued the popular fiction series is an attempt to indoctrinate children in witchcraft, said she still wants the best-selling books removed and may take her case to federal court.

"I maybe need a whole new case from the ground up," said Mallory, who was not represented by an attorney at the hearing.

Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor's ruling upheld a decision by the Georgia Board of Education, which had supported local school officials.

County school board members have said the books are good tools to encourage children to read and to spark creativity and imagination.

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, published by London-based Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, tell stories of children with magic powers. They have been challenged numerous times since 2000, making them the most challenged texts of the 21st century, according to the American Library Association.

At Tuesday's hearing, Mallory argued in part that witchcraft is a religion practiced by some people and, therefore, the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

"I have a dream that God will be welcomed back in our schools again," Mallory said. "I think we need him."

Sooooooo God should be welcomed back into schools, but "witchcraft" shouldn't. Even though, there is no such thing as witchcraft, nor does it work when tested under empirical conditions?

Yep, there is no shortage of Kooks in this world.

Copyright Associated Press


Yeah, here in Texas they're trying to pass a rule that if 15 or more students want it, that they should provide a "Bible Study" period for them.

Of course there's nothing in that to state that if Muslim kids or Jewish kids want to study their religious books that this should be allowed.

I'm confused...isn't your local church/temple/mosque supposed to be providing these sorts of studies? *rolls eyes*
no such thing as witchraft? It's older and more provable than any christian claims!
None of the rituals I ever did yielded any results. Has James Randi given out his prize yet?

I'd love for it work, especially the "Chaos Magick", but I don't think it's there.

The ceremonies yeah, but the results...meh.

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