Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Harry Potter And The Education Change-Agents

Note: I have changed my mind about most of this at the urging of my daughter who is a fan. Also the late Dr. Sam Blumenfeld pointed out to me that the Harry Potter series was positive if for no other reason than that it kindled an interest on the part of an entire generation in reading.

Harry Potter And The Education Change-Agents
Toogood Reports ^ | November 6, 2001 | Charles A. Morse 
Posted on Tue Nov 06 2001 12:08:10 GMT-0400 (Atlantic Standard Time) by Starmaker
The overwhelmingly mean spirited response to my recent column critiquing the Harry Potter phenomena compels me to write a follow up. Some of the opinion websites, which usually carry my columns, apparently found this topic too hot to handle and took a pass. Where the column did appear the letters and emails were surprisingly furious and often personal and ugly. Based on the tone of the response, one would think that criticizing Harry Potter was like insulting someone´s mother.
The substance of my review was that the Harry Potter books are the equivalent of manuals for witchcraft. Having said this, I recognize that pagan and new age motifs permeate our society to such a degreethat they are virtually unavoidable. My own 3-year-old daughter likes to talk about magic, wizards, and Halloween even though my wife and I choose not to participate. I´m not particularly concerned about this although I keep an eye on it.
My contention is that the Harry Potter books, however, are different in their high degree of advocacy of Wicca and New Age beliefs. These books blatantly instruct the reader in Wicca rituals and practices and use explicit Wicca names and incantations. They provide new age religious instruction in a way that is comparable to the Roman Catholic instruction of the Catechism. Maybe the millions who admire these brilliant and captivating books think witchcraft is as great and wholesome as apple pie and baseball, which is their right. I simply seek to point out the nature of these cultural phenomena and let the consumer be informed. Please don´t shoot the messenger.
The education change-agents who run our public schools blatantly recognize the religious nature of the Harry Potter books even as they introduce them as part of the curriculum. These hypocrites explain that while they ban the Bible, under the guise of Supreme Court decisions, the same decisions don´t apply to Harry Potter and Wicca because these constitute a minority faith that challenges a dominant Judeo-Christian faith. Harry Potter represents, they explain, a sort of religious affirmative action program necessary to promote "diversity."
The truth is that Wicca appeals to the education change-agents because it teaches moral neutrality and ambiguity. Rather than achieving through hard work, study, temperance, courage, and a sense of honor, the student of Wicca is taught to achieve through hocus pocus and an outside force that he simply needs to learn how to conjure up. Rather than belief in a creator of the universe, which is separate from man who is created in his image, Wicca believes that man can be as God and be possessed by supernatural powers.
The young practitioners of Wicca, in Harry Potter, are taught to feel superior to the "muggles" which is the term the books use for non-believers or critics of witchcraft who are portrayed villainously. This attitude is a classic reflection of the socialistic education change-agents themselves with their longstanding Jihad against those who hold "traditional values." It´s also the attitude of the Taliban and Islamic extremists who feel superior to those of us living in the Dar es Harb, which is how they describe the non-Muslim world.
Harry Potter is nothing more than a sugarcoated dose of paganism, pure and simple. Pagans, and their leftist fellow travelers are exulting in the success of Harry Potter and understand its effectiveness in their war against Judeo-Christian faith and values. Witchcraft, haunting spirits, and wizards, are becoming mainstream and those of us, who object, us Muggles, are viciously attacked as intolerant and crazy. I can attest to this based on the reaction to my writings on this topic already. Perhaps paganism has made more inroads than what presently meets the eye.

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