Monday, December 28, 2015

Who Else Condemns Harry Potter?

Recently I was watching a BBC News documentary about the ever lying recruiters for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's lackeys (ISIL) brainwashing people in Britain to join them in Syria.

The documentary talked about one young woman in Britain who gradually became radicalized into joining ISIL. At the start of her journey into the darkness of ISIL extremism she mentioned on a blog crying after listening to some Muslim preacher (quite likely unconnected to ISIL) railing against Harry Potter.

Wow. Who else was railing against Harry Potter?
In Rowling's books, characters routinely interact with ghosts. Harry communicates with his dead parents through a special mirror. Characters seek guidance from astrologers, cast occult spells and use their paranormal powers to fight their enemies. The Bible condemns this as sorcery, yet it is a part of the ordinary world of Harry Potter. The Harry Potter series teaches young minds a false and evil worldview in which occult powers, condemned in Scripture, can be used as tools for good.
Sadly, instead of condemning the dangerous and un-biblical world of witches and wizards, some churches and clergy have tried to exploit its appeal to youth. Last year, a vicar in one English church held a special "Harry Potter liturgy." A serpent was hung in the church, while a clergyman wearing a wizard's robe led the service. Other elements of the Harry Potter story were brought into the church service. Incredibly, many other pastors expressed interest in having that liturgy for their own churches. (Richard Ames, Dangers of the Occult, September-October 2002.)
The occult appeals to many people. Some try to contact their deceased relatives through mediums. Children read Harry Potter books and become fascinated with the occult. Satanic video games are popular. You need to educate your children on the dangers of the occult, satanic activities and other demonic influences. (Richard Ames, Seven Satanic Deceptions, November-December 2006.)
Now of course LCG is not like ISIL. LCG is an authoritarian cult but it happens to be pacifist.

I am no fan of the occult and it not my intention to encourage anyone into such things.

But after watching that BBC documentary I don't think I can ever look at a condemnation of Harry Potter the same way again.

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