Remember The Good Old Days When It Was Christians Who Wanted Harry Potter Banned?

Can the madness keep going or will it eventually run out of steam?

Progressives, who have now progressed to the point of insanity and insisting that two plus two equals five, are now calling for the burning of Rowling’s books, because there’s an evil witch involved in them after all—JK Rowling herself! And what witchery is Rowling guilty of that is so Salemesque to result in the call for her hanging by the neo-pagan Puritans?  She simply asserted, in a tweet, in the face of a ludicrous judgement handed down in the UK, that to call a man a woman, and to insist that be the case, is itself ludicrous.

 

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series was banned from the libraries and book sales of many a Christian school.  Remember those good ol’ days?

“Too scary to read,” they said.

“Too much into the occult for kids,” we were told.

“Too full of witches and demons and other assorted nasties,” it was asserted.

So the books were dutifully banned in many a conservative Christian school for the pre-occupational health and safety of our children.  It was a definite “won’t somebody please think of the children!” moment by the Reverend Lovejoy’s wife (ancient The Simpsons reference anyone?).

Remember those times?  Those sweet innocent times when we were the ones who were going to be accused of being book burners?  I wrote about the fact recently that we should not be such, and that our very decision not to be a cancel culture would set us apart from the ideologues.

And how the progressives scorned us back in the day. They would look at conservative Christian schools and mock them for not being able to handle a reality that the schools and their boards didn’t agree with. Give them reality, was the cry!  Stop protecting them from truth.

And how many of us who had actually studied literature groaned at this. Groaned, wondering why Christians couldn’t see how a moral universe like the one Rowling had created, was being viewed by other Christians as somehow immoral.  After all, it was simply off-the-peg Christian morality, along the lines of CS Lewis (who somehow, strangely, also got himself banned for the word “witch”, as if evil was itself capable of personhood).

Well, let’s flip all that.  The same progressives, who have now progressed to the point of insanity and insisting that two plus two equals five, are now calling for the burning of Rowling’s books, because there’s an evil witch involved in them after all – JK Rowling herself!

And what witchery is Rowling guilty of that is so Salemesque to result in the call for her hanging by the neo-pagan Puritans?  She simply asserted, in a tweet, in the face of a ludicrous judgement handed down in the UK, that to call a man a woman, and to insist that be the case, is itself ludicrous:

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The tweet is in response to a UK tribunal ruling between a woman, Maya Forstater, who lost her job for stating that there are two sexes and that the differences are immutable.  Now you may disagree with that, but so what.  Should she lose her job over that?

The tribunal not only thought she should, but that she had lost her moral centre by stating it.  It declared that her views are “not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”  You can read the entire judgement here.

Not worthy of respect in a democratic society.  Think about that for a while.  To simply state what has been considered reality for millennia, and which most feminists have asserted until all of five minutes ago, is deeply disturbing.  Or mad, as Douglas Murray pointed out in his excellent The Madness of Crowds.  Rowling has simply responded to this madness by referencing in her tweet the same moral universe, the same “this is that” correlation written into the created order, that her books have always affirmed.

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