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fundie Christians suddenly embracing Harry Potter

I don’t get it, either:

Conservative Christian reviews of the new Harry Potter movie are surprisingly positive.

“As ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens, we are once again reminded of the characteristics that make him something of a Christ figure,” Connie Neal writes for the evangelical Christianity Today.

Suggest that Christ is a Mithras figure, or an Odin figure, though, and Christians freak out.

“It is more likely that at the end of the viewing or reading, rather than the allure of magic … what remains are the scenes that evoke values such as friendship, altruism, loyalty, and the gift of self,” wrote L’Osservatore, the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper.

Because magic is, if we’re honest about it, completely antithetical to values such as friendship and loyalty, so good thing Rowling threw in some of the good stuff along with her Satanic badness.

It was James Dobson of Focus on the Family who in 2007 denounced the series, saying that “given the trend toward witchcraft and New Age ideology in the larger culture, it’s difficult to ignore the effects such stories (albeit imaginary) might have on young, impressionable minds.”

And he’d know all about the pernicious impact of imaginary stories on impressionable young minds, wouldn’t he?

And it was the American Family Association’s Donald Wildmon who described the Harry Potter series as “books that promote witchcraft and wizardry.”

Hardly. In fact, as more conservative Christians seem to be realizing, the “Harry Potter” series actually promotes Christian themes.

It’s wonderful, really, how blind these people are. Call it a “miracle,” and that’s fine. Call it “magic,” and it’s evil.

FYI: my review of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, which doesn’t mention religion at all



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