Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Witchcraft Promoted in Schools

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Harry Potter flies on a broomstick, casts spells, and fights evil spirits--and some Christian parents want him out of public schools. Potter is the main character in a series of books by J.K. Rowling that feature magic and promotes elements of the Wiccan religion, parents charge, according to the Washington Times. "There's no denying that 'Harry Potter has a lot of symbolism for Wiccans," Karen Jo Gounaud of the Family Friendly Libraries in Springfield, Va., said. "Everyone is a witch or a warlock, they're casting spells, drinking blood, they believe in reincarnation." Gounaud said she has received hundreds of calls from parents who are concerned that books promoting Wicca are allowed in schools, while books that portray Christian themes are banned on the ground that they promote religion. "There's one school that put on The Sound of Music and couldn't show Maria as a nun. They had to make her a business woman," Gounaud said. "Well how come it doesn't matter when it's a pagan religion? You can't have it both ways." Not all Christians agree that the books are harmful. They contain dark themes but show the difference between good and evil, and good always wins, Prison Fellowship's Chuck Colson said in his Breakpoint radio broadcast. The characters "develop courage, loyalty, and a willingness to sacrifice for one another. Not bad lessons in a self-centered world," he said. (From Religion Today)

Yes, but dear Chuck, good lessons from witchcraft?

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