Re: [mythsoc] [Fwd: Harry Potter as Satan's agent]
- LSolarion@... wrote:
>Excuse me, but if I want your prayers I'll ask for them. As I do not
> Anyway, that's the down-and-dirty from one who has been there. Most
> neo-Pagans are ex-Christians who are reacting against both real abuses and
> distorted interpretations of historic Christianity. They need our prayers.
feel in need of them, I don't that's for you to determine.
- This discussion is getting WAY off topic for this group. Again, please
remember that others on the list may not have the same religious beliefs
as yours. Please try to keep discussions in the context of Mythopoeic
Literature or the Mythopoeic Society.
Joan Marie Verba verba001@...
Mythopoeic Press Secretary, Mythopoeic Society
List Administrator for DocEx, Mythsoc, MNSCBWI and
I had to jump in on this one because of something that happened recently to
my husband and I.
Organized Christian prayer is a very hot issue in our county. And so is
witchcraft and Harry Potter, etc. Well, we get letters to the local paper
ALL the time on praying and how "they" have ruined the school systems
because they took "God" out of it. Well, one fellow recently, against his
better judgement and asking for forgiveness at the same time, wrote in and
said "that the Christians ought to be leaving well enough alone and let the
ruling stand or the next thing you know, our kids will be having to say all
kinds of prayers in school, like Muslin prayers and even Catholic prayers."
This guy was so ignorant, he didn't even realize he was being a bigot. I
mean it. He was totally sincere. He went on and on about the ACLU and how
if good Christians just leave well enough alone, we can keep the right kind
of praying going secretly, etc. It was unbelievable, right there in print,
and telling it just like it is from their viewpoint. My husband just
couldn't leave it alone. He wrote this wonderful ironic letter, praising
this man while kindly putting him and others in their place. It dripped
with wit and satire and an equal share of compliments. At first they
wouldn't print it, but John faxed it in every week until they finally did.
It was hilarious, only copies of my husband's letter apparently through
went churches all over the neighboring counties like wildfire and one copy
finally landed in the hands of his father who does not even take a paper or
hardly talks to a neighbor. But someone at his church gave him one because
they were concerned for John's soul. Since then, my dear husband has had
to go through hours and hours of "witnessing" and talking about God,
religion, and America. See, I am Catholic, and so are our 3 sons. In our
county in Mississippi, Catholics are equal to Jews and Muslins and right
So it's not just Artemis and Isis prayers. If I went to school and demanded
that the Hail Mary be said for my 3 kids once a month, they would all
croak!!!!!!!!!!! However, I have made no such demands.
And for years, my kids have had to suffer quietly because they are a
minority religion. Most people don't even consider them Christians. Of
course, I find this all pretty amusing myself. And have taught my sons
that tolerance is a good thing. They just laugh it off and go on. And yes,
Harry Potter is an evil agent of the devil. All witches are, even
>Would they oppose a ban on praying to Isis or Artemis, I wonder?
- I've had the following message from a student in Poland, Pawel Hibner. His
subject is mostly beyond my knowledge, and his question about an academic
exchange is outside my experience, so with his permission I'm forwarding
his queries in case any other member of this list can help him. If so,
please write to Pawel directly, at <phibner@...>.
I am writing to you as I really don't know who to get in touch with.
I am a Polish Ph.D. student writing on gender and power in fantasy and SF.
I am looking for any ideas, views, articles, essays etc, that would help me
write and accomplish my dissertation.
I was also advised by my supervisor to get in touch with a university where
I could attend some sort of exchange scholarship or fellowship in order to
consult my written piece and to broaden my knowledge on the topic right on
the site before I present my dissertation down here in Poland.
please forgive me my bothering you but believe I have nobody to ask for
advice or help.