While doing a search on Harry Potter, I came across the website for Kidspeak, an anti-censorship organisation started by children (though I'd imagine that it's more of a adult/child coalition). It was originally known as Muggles for Harry Potter, and was started because of a huge number of attempts to censor the popular Harry Potter series in public and school libraries. However, it has since expanded and now deals with childrens' censorship issues in general (using the term "children" quite broadly to mean anyone under 18)- I saw articles on attempts to ban things from Judy Blume's Forever to Huckleberry Finn.
I think this is a great example of how young people can stick up for their rights and liberties in a positive and non-violent way. The organisation has clearly had a lot of success, and I'd encourage everyone to take a look at it, and share their thoughts.
I particularly like this: "Nor did a spokesman from the Roman Catholic Church. "I haven't heard anything within the Catholic religion that suggests this is anything to be concerned about," he said, following the pattern of unbiblical tolerance touted by his Protestant and Anglican counterparts. Apparently, the division between church leaders who support Harry and those who don't runs through many nations and denominations."
Note "Unbiblical tolerence." Thats a bit of a slip up, admitting that apparently the God who asked everyone to love their neighbour is in fact quite opposed to tolerence of other cultures!
------------------ 'An Anarchist is a Liberal with a bomb' Trotsky
[This message has been edited by Confused boy (edited 01-28-2002).]
I doubt it's a joke, but I think it's pretty funny that they quote Deuteronomy where it says that those who "call up the dead" are an "abomination to the Lord." Jesus called up the dead on numerous occasions, and I doubt they would say that he's an abomination to the Lord. Which is why Deuteronomy is in the Old Testament, not the new.
------------------ Munchy, the Munchkin, the Monchichi
I've checked out the site that Confused boy posted. They're not kidding. These folks are effing serious. I don't think I've ever even met a Christian that said they weren't going to read fantasy books because of their religion. Besides, where in the Bible does it say that Christians can't enjoy life? Some people take things just a little too seriously. The guy who did the site had some story about how he invoked a spiritual being when he drew a Pagan symbol or something and called out for his god to help him... That sent me rolling on the floor for a good long while.
------------------ I don't want eternity. But Arashii is mine.
"I never said I was a boy." - Tenoh Haruka, episode 92, Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon
I seem to remember watching the Simpsons, and remember the quote from Christian Ned Flanders "And Harry Potter and all his friends, went straight to Hell... for practicing Witchcraft!" and his kids go.. 'YAYYYYYYYYYY'
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