Harry Potter at risk in Georgia Schools

Thursday, April 20th, 2006 12:59 pm by Neal

Today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution has this story, Hearing to vanish Potter set for today, on a hearing today in the Gwinnet County government school system to debate censoring the Harry Potter novels from the school system’s libraries. From the article:

A Gwinnett County school board hearing on whether to remove the Harry Potter series from all school libraries will begin at 2 p.m. today and is expected to last less than two hours.

No decision will be made at the hearing. The hearing officer, who was appointed by the school board to handle the case, will have five days to give board members a transcript from the appeal and a recommendation on whether to keep the books. The board will then have 10 days to make a decision. The hearing is open to the public and will be held in Hearing Room A at Lawrenceville East, 723 Hi Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

The Loganville mother who complained about the book, Laura Mallory, will have 15 minutes to make her case, district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. Mallory, a missionary who moved to Gwinnett County about two years ago, has three children at J.C. Magill Elementary.

Mallory may share her speaking time with others who support her stance that the books are inappropriate for children because the stories glorify witchcraft. The following people signed up to speak with Mallory: Cathy Fleenor, Marsha McWhorter, Stacy Thomas and Jordan Fusch.

The school system will also have 15 minutes to explain why the books should remain in Gwinnett’s schools, Roach said.

Laura Mallory is an intolerant, religious fanatic for this reason: She doesn’t want the Harry Potter novels pulled from the school libraries because her children might read them; she wants them pulled because your children might read them. Laura considers it her duty to ensure that your children are only exposed to the correct religious views as defined by…her!

Laura Mallory and her nutjob supporters understand that government schools are the perfect environment for imposing their beliefs on unsuspecting others. They are correct about the venue: government schools indoctrinate the most vunerable citizens — children — with pro-government, socialist propaganda. It is no surprise that folks like Laura seek to use this mind-control machine for their own, nefarious purposes.

While I’m tempted to condemn Laura’s actions for yet-again reinforcing the stereotype of Georgians as back-woods, knuckle-dragging, snake-juggling Neanderthals, I am instead going to thank her. Thanks for such a clear-cut demonstration on why parents should never turn their kids over to the government to be educated. Examples like this really help get across the point that the government can no more “educate” children than it can enforce immigration laws, reform Social Security, or save parasites from a Hurricane. That the Gwinnett County school system would even contemplate censoring these novels proves my point.

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