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Desire for an enemy is clear

The Union’s columnist, Melinda Monaghan, wrote an excellent composition titled “Paganism, Christianity inexplicably intertwined” which was featured in the Jan. 5 issue. Melinda concluded her column by saying, “I wonder if the obvious fiction of Harry Potter is really as damaging to children as the pagan adulteration of Christianity, which they are taught to believe as truth.” To her conclusion I will add my support with the following comments.



With the hullabaloo made by some Christians about the evil Harry Potter, it’s clear to me that there’s an idolatrous desire for an enemy. This past summer my 10-year-old granddaughter was ridiculed at church camp for having read Harry Potter. She immediately responded by listing illustrations of the supernatural in the Bible such as a talking snake, turning water into wine and so on.




During my Baptist upbringing, I was her age when I noticed that paganism was intertwined with Christianity and that more emphasis was placed on the evils of this or that, rock and roll, abortion and sex than how to live.

Today, I view such diatribes of the religious as simply idolizing an enemy. I’m proud of my granddaughter’s mature critical thinking in the face of ridicule but worry that she has lost her enthusiasm for the Christian faith. In the idolatrous desire for an enemy, it has been forgotten that Harry Potter is a story, not a testament of faith.

Wanda Way

Grass Valley


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