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Do they simply recycle this poll every time a Potter book comes out?

It’s late, so I am tossing out the latest insanity from WingNutDaily. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is being released in July, and the fundies there are worried about their youth being seduced by Wicca (is their faith so weak?!).

[Author Steve] Wohlberg feels allowing children to read Potter just isn’t worth the risk. “There are much better things for our kids to read,” he said. “My wife and I have a three-year-old son who loves stories. Daily we read to him stories that teach lessons about honesty, purity, truth-telling, respect for parents, faith, and obedience to God. In ‘Harry Potter,’ young Harry lies a lot, break rules at school, curses, throws temper tantrums, and even drinks ‘firewhisky’ (he’s an underage drinker).”

“There’s a big difference,” said Wohlberg, between Harry Potter and other children’s fantasy fare. “J.K. Rowling has publicly admitted that at least 30 percent of her novels is based on real occultism. The ‘Harry Potter’ novels are a unique blend of fantasy and reality.”

“They refer to real places, real occultists (Aldabert Waffling and Nicholas Flamel), real practices (astrology, palmistry, fortune-telling, divination), and real occult philosophy. Based on my research, the extent of real occultism embedded into ‘children’s literature’ is unprecedented,” he continued.

These answers in the poll are simply brain-dead funny. It’s after the flip.What do you think of claims Harry Potter is hooking young people into witchcraft?

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