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Post by eddie on Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:34 pm

Anti-sorcery post by evangelical Catholic group widely mocked on Facebook.

Catholic priests in Poland have burned books that they say promote sorcery, including one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, in a ceremony they photographed and posted on Facebook.

Three priests in the northern city of Koszalin were pictured carrying the books in a large basket from inside a church to a stone area outside. The books were set alight as prayers were said and a small group of people watched on. A mask, various trinkets and a Hello Kitty umbrella were also visible in the pictures of the makeshift bonfire.

The Catholic evangelical foundation SMS From Heaven posted the photographs to its Facebook page, which has 22,000 followers, accompanied by fiery emojis and Old Testament quotes decrying sorcery and idolatry.

The stunt provoked mockery from Facebook users, many of whom left comments questioning the sanity of those involved, or making comparisons with Nazi Germany.

It is not the first occasion in which the hugely popular Harry Potter series has attracted the ire of religious zealots, some of whom believe the books are inspired by evil spirits and could lead children astray. Kids Against The Sorcerers, a 2016 cartoon film promoted by a number of Russian government agencies, featured a nefarious western plot backed by Nato and Harry Potter to subvert and corrupt Russian schoolchildren.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/harry-potter-among-books-burned-by-priests-in-poland

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Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:59 pm

What's funny to me is that JK Rowling was a pretty strong Christian back in the days when she was writing these and actually thought they had a Christian element to them.

If you read the books, they contain some good insight on what evil is, for example -- many times we do the wrong thing because it's easier than doing the right thing.

Last point -- they're a bit late to the party, eh?

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Post by Cass on Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:36 am

Idiots. Rolling Eyes

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:33 am

Odd lot, some of them there Catholics...when they're not whipping themselves they are strapping spiky garters around their thighs.

Methodists just get on with praising The Lord and having a damn good singalong of Charlie Wesley's splendid hymn tunes.
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Post by 'Wolfie on Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:35 am

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And somebody had to buy those books and toys originally, for them to burn them (unless they stole them..).

So the publishers and authors don't actually lose out on the deal.

Reminds me of those scenes of evangelists in 1950s USA, buying up records and books they didn't approve of, and holding public bonfires on the street -- in front of the invited news cameras..

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