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And I don’t mean that in a good way.

Interestingly enough, the class that has opened my eyes the most this semester has been my Children’s Literature class. I’ve been exposed to a lot of really cool books that I might not have picked up otherwise. One of these books is the infamous Harry Potter. I was interested to read the first book in a series that caused so much controversy. When it first came out, I was unfortunately still of the mindset that the Teletubbies are gay and Harry Potter must be evil. I wasn’t using the brain God gave me and thinking for myself. Instead I let men like James Dobson (who has since said that there were homosexual undertones in ‘Happy Feet’. What-evah!) and Jerry Falwell (who has blamed everything from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina on homosexuals) determine what is and is not “Godly”.

May I never make such a stupid mistake again.

I have since realized that the Teletubbies, while disturbing in their own right, are not gay. I saw absolutely no “homosexual undertones” in ‘Happy Feet’. And I certainly do not believe that 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, or any other national disaster is the fault of the homosexuals, the Jews, black people, women, or anyone else these people try to pin things on. In fact, I rather think that Dobson and Falwell are the ones who are sick in the head since they are the ones constantly coming up with this stuff.

I started into Harry Potter not really sure what to expect. What I discovered surprised me. I not only enjoyed the book, I wanted to read the rest of the series. It was difficult for me to put this book down so that I could get work or other homework done. The only thing that bewitched me was a captivating storyline that had my on the edge of my seat. There is nothing evil about this book. It is a story of good vs. evil. (Kind of like the Bible.) Harry and his friends don’t use their magic to conjure up evil spirits. They don’t hold sceances or play with Tarot cards or use an Ouji board. They use their magic for good. The teachings of their school falls along the lines of “With great power comes great responsibility.”

I’d thrilled that these books have been such a hit with kids. In an age of computers, cell phones, video games, and movies, I’m just glad that kids are picking up a book. And not just a short book. These books revile adult literature in length. Harry Potter tells a good story. To say that reading this book will make kids want to be wizards is like saying that reading ‘Treasure Island’ will make them want to be pirates.

So Christians, let’s try thinking for ourselves, eh? Don’t simply accept what those with the loudest voices have to say. Read Harry Potter. Watch ‘Happy Feet’. Come to your own conclusions. I know it’s more work than simply listening to the talking heads but God gave us brains for a reason.

“What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.” – Adolf Hitler

I’m going to be living in a castle. 🙂