OK, I know some will disagree about me on this one, otherwise the school board in Georgia wouldn’t have had to make this decision. They voted against a mother’s petition to have the Harry Potter books removed from the school’s library. They didn’t even need to discuss it.
The mother behind the request sees it as an anti-Christian bias. I honestly don’t see it that way. For one, the Harry Potter books don’t strike me as anti-Christian, promoting witchcraft… you probably know the routine. They’re fantasy. She hasn’t read them, she has merely read what others who disapprove of the books have said about them.
However, I also have no problem with books such as the Chronicles of Narnia, which she suggested as a possible replacement, being in the school library. Those are good books too. Not as enthusiastic about the Left Behind: The Kids books, but so long as similar books for other faiths are allowed, why not?
And that for me is the litmus test for this kind of case. What are we letting those of other faiths do? If we’re treating them all the same I have absolutely no problem with it.
What do you think?
[tags]harry potter,georgia school board,book ban,library[/tags]