Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Separation of which church & state, now?

Or should that be "witch church"?

It's being reported that the Georgia woman who was suing her local school district to ban the Harry Potter books has been handed a defeat by the superior court.
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'd like to thank the state of Georgia for existing, by the way. Along with Florida and Alabama, it occassionally takes the heat of off Texas as being backwards, redneck, and parochial, and we could always use the break.)
The ruling by Superior Judge Ronnie Batchelor 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.
There's a nice little bit of unintended irony in the article, which I doubt very serisouly that Ms. Mallory would recognize.
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."
Well, how about you? Did you see the irony there? Did you?

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