Witchcraft is not child's play

Since the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” was released in 1997, I have been passionate about protesting this phenomenon.

I have been branded by those who love the series as a muggle. You know, those boring, blinded and biased humans who either don’t believe in the world of witches or who despise it as evil.

As a result of holding public protests and book-cuttings on the eves of the first two movies, I have had the opportunity to explain my actions in detail throughout the country and overseas by way of talk radio and newspaper coverage.

Unfortunately, on a local level, the press was more interested in the sensationalism of the book-cuttings, rather than publishing the facts about the Harry Potter phenomenon that led me to the cuttings.

The world now embraces the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando that opened a year ago, and also sets its sights on the last movie in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part Two.” As a last-ditch effort to cash in on its fans, movie-makers conveniently split the last book into two movies.

Author J.K. Rowling has done a superb job of bridging the gap between the magical make-believe and genuine pagan practices. For those who don’t believe that, ask the staffs of the Lewiston and Auburn libraries how popular books on witchcraft and spells have become.

Potter movies and the book series are nothing less than an introduction to real witchcraft. Rowling makes witchcraft, wizardry and sorcery look fun, intriguing and desirable. I am concerned that, in these days, with a computer connected to the Internet in practically every home, a child could Google key words such as "witch," "witchcraft," "sorcerer," "magic," etc., and find themselves in the middle of a pagan world filled with mind-control tactics, sacrifices and multitudes of various occult practices.

I am aware that some of your readers may find this to be far-fetched or foolish, but to those who are involved in these rituals it would be completely insulting if someone suggested that what they practice is merely child’s play or make-believe.

Witchcraft has not only become popular with young people who are intrigued with supernatural powers, it has become appealing to the anti-establishment, environmentalists and feminist movements because of its loosely organized groups called covens. Covens have no central authority, they celebrate the natural world and seasonal cycles and worship high priestesses and goddesses as the feminine side of a deity called god.

Witchcraft is a religion. Wicca and other neo-pagan groups have been recognized by governments in the U.S. and Canada and are given a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and are listed as nonprofit organizations. Wiccans have been granted access to penitentiaries and the military in the same manner as a Christian chaplain, Muslim cleric, Catholic priest, Jewish rabbi, etc.

If Wicca is really a religion and they practice the craft of witches, and Rowling’s books are filled with witchcraft and, should I say, religious content, then what right does the public school system have in promoting and endorsing these books?

They are of religious nature. God forbid if a child brings a Bible into school.

Imagine if I authored a book series and, instead of a school of witchcraft and sorcery, I created a Bible school setting and taught my little disciples to study the Bible. Rather than cast spells, I taught them the sacraments of baptism and communion, and graduates became pastors, evangelists and missionaries, rather then witches, warlocks and sorcerers. Can you imagine the opposition from those who would be outraged by the religious nature?

For the life of me I cannot understand why parents who want to teach their children compassion, tolerance and acceptance would read these books to their children. Throughout the Potter books and movies there are many mean and hateful statements such as “I hate them," "stupid," "shut up.” Characters wish pain on people and even go so far as to cast a paralyzing horror spell on another character. Even the good characters lie, call names, steal, imply profanity and break rules.

The books are filled with witchcraft, rebellion and vengeance.

The Rev. Doug Taylor is the leader of the Jesus Party. He lives in Lewiston.

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DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Be Free

It will be a shame if you stay in this type of condition all your life. The liberal mind set you have is because you have been drinking from a poisonous culture. In Jesus Name be free from this foolishness.
Love Bro. Doug

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Be Free

It will be a shame if you stay in this type of condition all your life. The liberal mind set you have is because you have been drinking from a poisonous culture. In Jesus Name be free from this foolishness.
Love Bro. Doug

Ed McCaffrey's picture

It is a shame

that, in the 21st century, you insist on retaining this puritanical mindset. This is because you have been drinking from the poisoned well of radical Christian culture. According to Christian lore, every person will go before the throne to be judged. You, sir, are not the throne. "Do not pass judgement lest you yourself be judged" (Book of Matthew, I think).
The world has moved on from when the Catholics put the Bible together and most Christian sects have managed to mature with the world. It's unfortunate to see that there are still some that haven't.

Allisa Milliard's picture

there is a difference between

there is a difference between the make believe magic and the wiccan relegion. if you want to connect the two and speak out about your thoughts, then that is your right. just like it's everyone else's right to agree or not.
disenfranchised christians and questioning young people are looking outside of the traditional church for answers and are going to find them online and in the library, and have been for years. instead of focosing on the other options, maybe you should look at what the church can be doing to address issues within itself and guide people and the organization better.

Ed McCaffrey's picture

Have you actually read the Bible, or do you simply use the parts

"For the life of me I cannot understand why parents who want to teach their children compassion, tolerance and acceptance would read these books to their children. Throughout the Potter books and movies there are many mean and hateful statements such as “I hate them," "stupid," "shut up.” Characters wish pain on people and even go so far as to cast a paralyzing horror spell on another character. Even the good characters lie, call names, steal, imply profanity and break rules.

The books are filled with witchcraft, rebellion and vengeance."

Ed McCaffrey's picture

Sorry about that, I hit enter.

The bible is filled with tales of horror. Most of them visited upon people who did not believe by those advocating for God or by God himself on his own people. Murder, polygamy, lies, deception,sacrifices both human and animal, and myriad other terrible things. Yet here you are, writing this letter spewing hate about a novel of fantasy.
All we have here is a classic tale of good versus evil. God is never made mention of in the series, nor is the Devil. People are the ones who make the choices to be either good or bad in this series of books. It is not religion and it never claims to be. Your hatred and fear of something that you obviously don't understand is as good an indication as any of what a small minded, sorry person you must be. I feel sorry for you.

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