As we all know (except for the one or two people left in this country who still have a conscience—but, “who cares what they have to say!”), making sure that every county carries out the federal government’s misguided, politically correct agendas is our top priority. That includes censoring what people say and banning “dangerous” books from our public school libraries.
Educating children to the highest standard of quality is only marginally important, as is defending the most basic principles of ethics and morality—okay, forget “morality.”
Such a term is, after all, simply not politically correct.
At any rate, the last thing we want in our schools is character-shaping “religion” . . . except maybe for the “dark magic” religions or satanic lore such as we find in Harry Potter. That kind of “religion” is okay.
What? You didn’t know that the Harry Potter series were “religious” books?
If you didn’t, maybe you should brush up on your ancient history—most notably, how dark religions (e.g., Druids, paganism, etc.) ruled before Christianity and Judaism came on the scene. Harry Potter (and the many other such books) celebrates those “dark” religions in the same way the Bible celebrates the Judeo-Christian religions.
“But, wait,” you might angrily interject, “the Bible is about worshiping God and it calls people to believe in certain views and perceptions that lead to potentially dangerous ceremonies and religious rites.”
So does Harry Potter. Where do you think the concept of “magic” comes from? All power on this earth has a source. Photosynthesis is powered by the sun. Our cells keep on going because of ATP. Windmills keep spinning because of wind.
Magic, by the same “token,” is the realm of extraterrestrial beings referred to as “demons.”
Yes, there are people who believe in magic but who, at the same time, claim not to believe in demons. Well, these want-the-cake-and-want-to-eat-it-too people still have to name the source of power for the stupendous things brought to life, described or alluded to in Harry Potter and other such magically religious books.
If demons are not behind that type of power, who or what is?
“But wait,” you might interject again, “isn’t Harry Potter just pure fiction? It’s only made-up stuff, the result of someone’s wild imagination. It ain’t real!”
Why, then, don’t you use the same logic (if you can call it that) when it comes to the Bible. Critics of the Bible claim that the Bible is just a collection of mythological, unbelievable “stories.” In other words, like Harry Potter, it’s just “fiction.”
But, if that is so, why ban it from schools, even if the word “religion” is thrown into, at best, cloud the real issue (i.e., that people don’t want their kids exposed to moral principles that would only make them accountable to a higher being). If, on the other hand, there are legitimate reasons to ban the Bible, then Harry Potter (by virtue of being like the Bible or belonging in the same category) needs to also be banned.
Or could it be that it’s only a sort of “reverse superstition” (akin to “reverse discrimination”) or, to put it more bluntly, ignorant presumptuousness, that has led people to assume that they had the right or power to ban any book (including the Bible) from schools?
“But wait,” yet again you might interject, “doesn’t the Constitution pimp the concept of the separation of church and state?”
Actually, no such term appears in the Constitution. This is merely a legal interpretation of the ACLU and a few conflicted lawyers. In fact, the people who wrote and supported the Constitution were all deeply religious people.
Most believed in God and in the Bible and personally-written documents that they left behind clearly prove that it was never their intention to remove either the Bible or its teachings from government institutions, especially when you consider that 95% of our laws are based on biblical principles.
What the founders of the United States did not want was the government to force anyone to follow any religion. In other words, they wanted to preserve free choice in religious matters. That is a far cry, though, from saying that the founders wanted to keep the Bible (or its moral principles) out of government-run or supported entities.
If people really believed in the separation of church and state, anyway, they would ban Harry Potter as quickly as they ban the Bible. Actually, both books are works of literary art and, therefore, neither should be feared, as if they were going to bite anyone in the rear end.
Ironically, modern day superstition has led to fear of the Bible being allowed in public schools—that and the preference for the dark religions.
No doubt you can convince yourself (without hardly trying) that this just isn’t so, that Harry Potter is okay because it’s only fiction (which means that you also probably think that the Bible isn’t fiction—in other words, it’s exactly what it claims to be: the holy word of God?) but, if you really believe that, then, again, you need to re-educate yourself on the earliest religions, most of which were “dark” or satanically oriented.
Maybe the problem is that people today are a little confused as to what “religion” actually means. They may also simply not remember that “deities” come in many forms, including the demons worshipped in Harry Potter.
Should the Bible be banned in schools? No, it shouldn’t be—not anymore than other “religious” books like Harry Potter. In a free society, people should have access to all books, especially books that have been around as long as the Bible.
The Bible, in fact, is one of the most quoted books in all of literature; lack of familiarity with it, what’s more, will only lead to not fully understanding these ubiquitous allusions in the so-called “cannon” of western literature. In other words, the Bible is a work of literary art (no less than Harry Potter).
The fact that some people also consider the Bible a “religious” book is a puerile hang-up some people just need to get over—or so we might argue!
Copyright, 2015. Porter Davis. All rights reserved.