“Maranatha,” after taking a bit of a facebook hiatus after I schooled her for her White Woman’s Tears, came back and decided to ask if Harry Potter books were too demonic for Good Christian Children or if they were ok to read. And of course most of her friends jumped on the HARRY POTTER IS TEH DEVIL!!1!!1!1 bandwagon.
I will never understand people who believe in an all-powerful god who created the heavens and earth, listens to their every thought, and can be obliterated by a children’s story. If you’re that insecure in your god’s existence, your kids will pick up on it. Kids are smart. For me, one of the first things that led me to atheism was my neighbors’ adamant belief that I was going to hell for watching The Smurfs and playing with My Little Pony unicorns and pegasuses (pegasi?) because God didn’t create them so the devil made them to tempt me. Huh? Regular MLPs were ok, despite the fact that God didn’t create pink horses with purple manes and flowers on their butts. It just made no sense to be so paranoid over something like that.
If your faith is so tenuous as to be threatened by Harry Potter, by all means stop your kids from reading them! Just don’t be surprised one day if they figure out the truth - an all-powerful god who’s weaker than a fictional wizard isn’t much of a god, and they’re better off not wasting their time trying to appease him all the time.
And now we wait…
Reblogging for the explanation in the middle. If your faith is so tenuous that it risks destruction if you’re exposed to happy cartoon ponies or school-age wizards, you should probably focus more on strengthening it… on your own. Meanwhile, leave the rest of us alone.
Geez, I used to see people at my church who thought we needed to SAVE THE CHILDRENZ from various secular things (for the sole reason that they were secular, seemingly), and while I hadn’t quite developed the “Harry Potter is not capable of destroying Jesus” counter-argument yet, I was still very skeptical. I mean, really? If the powers of friendship and the struggle against evil aren’t ‘suitable for children’, you should probably shield the children from the New Testament first.
Yeah, I said it.