Posted: July 18, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Linda Harvey
Is it possible Harry Potter is fostering anti-Christian bigotry in our youth?
Our kids hear every day in public schools about the perils of “intolerance” and “homophobia.” They are cautioned frequently to “separate church and state,” because not to do so would result in vague, unspecified horrors. And merely raising an eyebrow at evolutionary theory can unleash pent-up fury over Christian beliefs.
So, kids know who the establishment thinks are supposed to be the “bad guys” in America: conservative Christians. But then along comes the most popular book series of all time to further undermine Christian theology by glamorizing occult practices – and it doesn’t end there. Harry Potter has a not-so-subtle political message as well.
Kids read a story and figure out right off who the heroes are, and who the villains. In the Potter tales, there are several types of villains: the “dark magic” Lord Voldemort and his ilk; the mean teen wizard group at the Hogwart’s school; and then there’s a group we might call the fools. In Harry’s world, they’re called “Muggles.”