'Board' with Potter
What do Pagans and other Beliefnet members think about Potter?
BY: Paul O'Donnell
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
(post #126). "Those of us who are not lukewarm recognize that kids getting obsessively involved with the whole Harry Potter thing, are subjecting themselves to views and situations that fly in the face of what is good and pure. Harry's supposedly good, but he lies, cheats and steals to get what he wants. Great example."
While Pagans celebrate TV shows like "Buffy," "Sabrina," "Xena," and "Charmed," as hopeful signs, evangelicals are even more adamant that their values be respected--"just like Pagans wouldn't want their children to see Christian-based films,"notes theblessed7
(post #275). Devout Christian parents feel they are losing control over what their children are exposed to. "Society at large is being desensitized and conditioned to the acceptance, embracing, and glorification of witchcraft and occult philosophies and ideas," saysj473
(post #21) "Witchcraft is exploding among teenage girls presently. This is NO coincidence. There is a subtle conditioning going on."
Not all Christians, of course, are raising alarms about Harry. "Harry doesn't need a bible," writesGodIsLove
. "He already knows the main principle of God's on-going message, which says that God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him."