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Georgia mom wants Harry Potter books removed from library

Why? Because the tomes are indoctrinating children into Wicca. It seems to me that she needs to be more concerned about what her kids are doing on the Internet than reading Harry Potter.

Officials are being urged to ban books from the Harry Potter children’s book series from school libraries. Suburban Atlanta mother Laura Mallory has pleaded with a hearing officer for Georgia’s State Board of Education to remove the Harry Potter books by British author J.K. Rowling from school libraries statewide, calling the popular fiction series an attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion.

In making her point, Mallory notes that teachers do not assign “other religious books,” such as the Bible, as student reading. Referring to the rash of deadly assaults at schools in various parts of the U.S., the Georgia parent says books that promote evil — as she claims Rowling’s books do — help foster the kind of culture where school violence happens.

But Victoria Sweeney, an attorney representing the Gwinnett County Board of Education, responded that if schools were to remove all books containing references to witches, they would have to ban literary mainstays like Macbeth and “Cinderella” as well. The hearing officer will make a recommendation to the state board, which will decide the case at its meeting in December.

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