'Board' with Potter
What do Pagans and other Beliefnet members think about Potter?
A tour of the Harry Potter discussions-on which Earth-Based believers are well-represented-shows that Pagans mostly disavow Harry, pointing out, asSilverWinterMoon writes
(post #14) "the magic portrayed in Harry Potter...has very little to do with real Witchcraft." Beliefnet membersypress puts it more technically
: "The ethics are non-Wiccan: no three-fold law, and certainly no Wiccan Rede! (I love the books, but cringe every time the professors use an animal to demonstrate a nasty spell.)"
Not all Pagans take the guilt-by-association so sedately. "I don't know which is stupider and more offensive,"writes Mirror Eyes
, "the idea that Wicca is ANYTHING like fantasy, make-believe magic in those books, or the idea that my religion is something that children need to be protected against." If Christians fear the specter of Satanism, say others, they should look to their own religion, not Paganism. "Wiccans don't believe in Satan. Satan is strictly a Christian boogyman," writesanniecat
The Pagans' sensitivity is perhaps understandable, given the amount of Christian
influence they encounter in American culture. Several members on a Pagan board sympathized when callalily picked up a plush duck in a store, only to find it belting out "Amazing Grace." "Toys R Us is NOT a church!"cried Dawnmyshel
(post #28) Surrounded by a largely Christian society,Aevren implies
, half in jest, shouldn't Pagans be more worried that their children will be converted to Christianity? "Amazon.com has 1,981 different titles about witchcraft, as opposed to the 32,000 titles about Christianity. We shouldn't like those odds at all."
Many evangelicals, however, see themselves as as a minority equally subjected to a larger society. "There is spiritual warfare going on,"wrote mumsy5