Harry Potter isn't welcome in Georgia

I love Harry Potter, both the character and the book series. My 10-year-old niece loves Harry Potter, the books and the movies. My 7-year-old nephew loves Harry Potter, though he’s asked me to get him the audiobooks because the books are so long.

Every year around banned books week I see Harry Potter listed among the top 100 most banned books. Here’s another attempt to pull them out of schools:

Mom seeks a ban on Harry Potter in schools
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

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Laura Mallory, a mother of four, told a hearing officer for the Gwinnett County Board of Education last week that the popular fiction series is an “evil” attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion.

Board of Education attorney Victoria Sweeny said that if schools were to remove all books containing reference to witches, they would have to ban such works as Macbeth and Cinderella.

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The Chronicle’s John Whiteside adds:

If you don’t want your kid to read Harry Potter, don’t let your kid read Harry Potter. (Though telling your kid is off limits is probably the best way to send him or her scurrying off to a library to track down a copy.) But don’t try to make that decision for every other parent, who might not share your terror of the printed word.

Wow! What a concept! Expecting parents to take responsibility for what their children are doing, reading, watching instead of making schools, libraries and television make those decisions for them. That’s almost… logical.

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