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Harry Potter, Gay Life and “Question Authority”

October 24, 2007

By Ben Shapiro
Townhall
October 24, 2007

I  am not a fan of the Harry Potter series. Nonetheless, I, like every other sentient human being, know something about Harry Potter. Most of my friends are fans. My three younger sisters are fans. I’ve seen the movies. I’ve read small portions of several of the books.So when J.K. Rowling announced last week that Albus Dumbledore, the aged headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was gay, I was somewhat confused. When did the old dude with the funky beard turn into Gore Vidal?  

According to Rowling, Dumbledore was always Gore Vidal. At a Carnegie Hall reading, one of Rowling’s fans asked whether Dumbledore had ever found “true love.” “Dumbledore is gay,” Rowling gleefully responded. Dumbledore was apparently in love with his rival, Gellert Grindelwald, a dark wizard. “Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling explained. Dumbledore’s homosexual crush, Rowling stated, was his “great tragedy.” Rowling went on to label the Harry Potter books a “prolonged argument for tolerance” and told her fans to “question authority.”

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Another Reason to Avoid “Harry Potter” Books

October 22, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 22, 2007

Congratulations to Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling who is now re-writing her best sellers in public pronouncements long after completion the editing and publication process.

Ms. Rowling stunned an audience this weekend by proclaiming that Dumbledore, the wise Hogwarts headmaster and mentor to Harry, is gay.

The liberal media has jumped on this morsel of new information, telling media outlets that now Harry Potter can teach our children about “tolerance.”

Personally, I have come to hate that word “tolerance” as a staple of liberal Democrats, Bill Clinton and others we have no use for at Peace and Freedom.

It might not be politically correct but we much prefer the word “standards” to tolerance – since the liberal media has turned tolerance into “just about anything goes.”

The NBC “Today Show,” the same show that sympathized with gay comedian Ellen about her dog predicament, gleefully reported the new news on Harry Potter and his buddies.

Frankly, we think this is another reason to deny Ms. Rowling any more wealth for producing questionable if not down right detrimental reading material aimed at our children.

Do your kids a favor: get them interested in the facts of history. Real people with real skills and real bravery are a lot better than fantasy, magic and extolling the virtues (?) of gay people.

We don’t hate gay people but we sure do not think they need to be put upon a pedestal or held up as role models for our kids either.

We think one’s sex life — anyone’s sex life — is a private matter.

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Priests Say Harry Potter Promotes Evil

Miguel Sanchez
For Peace and Freedom
July 23, 2007
(Mexico City)

Is Harry Potter really a good thing for your children to read?

At least one member of the Roman Catholic Church clergy has come forward to say Harry Potter could do damage to a child’s mind.

The Reverend Pedro Mendoza is the Director of Exorcists in the Archdiocese of Mexico City.

Peace and Freedom caught up with Father Mendoza after learning he had a strongly contrary view to the masses who turned out Friday night to buy the latest and apparently final Harry Potter book.

“I think a book like this does a lot of damage,” the priest told us. “At its core it is about sorcery. I am sure that is not the best use of a child’s mind.”

Father Mendoza made similar comments at the end of a five-day exorcism conference in Mexico City last week.

”If you put all these ideas in a child’s head, that he can become a wizard, the child believes that, and that is opening an avenue through which the devil can get in,” Mendoza said Friday – the eve of the release of the series’ final book.

He said that Harry Potter ”doesn’t interest us,” but ” unfortunately, it does a lot of damage.”

“When family ties began weakening, the priest said, often the mass media starts to proliferate ”new ideas” and ”abusing sensationalism.

“Without strong, faith-bound families, which he said allow individuals to see God’s work in everyday life, people lose touch with God and seek ‘magical solutions’ to modern problems.”

“There are many demonic influences, curses and forms of witchcraft,” he said. ”And it’s in that field that the devil is able to work.”

“We should not accept sorcery or wizardry as a good thing when there is so much good in the world to embrace.”

Another priest with parallel views is Father John Corapi who says, “It is just not wise to place yourself or your children in the near occasion of evil.”

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Imported Seafood, Chinese Products and the Twilight Zone

July 22, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
July 23, 2007

Imported Seafood

After hearing all the stories of tainted seafood from China, much of which has now been banned from U.S. import by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, my mother-in-law heard from her daughter (my wife) that I had done extensive research into catfish imported into the U.S. from Vietnam.

We found that the Vietnamese farm (pond) grown catfish were fed human feces most of their lives. The “bottom feeders” seemed to love the stuff and thrive on it.

Just a few months before “harvesting,” the Vietnamese catfish get treated to the cleanest water Vietnam can provide and a high protein diet that would make a professional boxer smile. This “washes” the Viet catfish just before they are sold for export.

Everybody seemed happy until the FDA (and some in the American public) decided the practice of feeding human feces to catfish was disgusting. Maybe even dangerous.

Vietnam says the problem has now been corrected and that catfish sales are, well, off the bottom.

Yet my mother-in-law decided she would no longer buy any frozen imported seafood from “Communist Asian nations” (China and Vietnam). Then she decided unilaterally to include Thai seafood in the deal. Why?  Every Vietnamese seems to know that when an export product is questionable, Thailand will be more than happy to label the product as Thai for a small cut in the action.  Plus Thailand had a coup last year and they are no longer a democratically governed nation. So Mom figures they are one step closer to communism.

We’ve moved from chemistry to politics in one giant leap of the, well, catfish.

So, mother-in-law now only eats fresh seafood from the U.S.A.

There are two twists to this. My wife’s mother is Vietnamese herself. And guess who gets to drive mother to the Washington D.C. waterfront for U.S.A. seafood? Me.

Fortunately, we found some wonderful Vietnamese-American seamen to assist us with American crab, flounder and other goodies!

Mother is on the All American Seafood Diet from now on: for chemical and political reasons, apparently!

Chinese Products

For several years we’ve watched the rising tide of imported Chinese consumer products into the United States. One of the real bell ringers for me has been a friend who says, every time we meet: “Why don’t we just all buy American.”

If you’ve been to any Sears, WalMart or Target lately you already know the answer: everything is made cheaper in China so U.S. businesses, to a great extent, no longer make toasters and the other things you need at home.

This morning, at church, we found offered for sale, some small holy statues meant for car dashboard mounting. Some think this kind of thing can protect you in case of an accident. Every dashboard mounted holy statue I have ever seen is looking INTO the car. I decided, for the first time in my life, to give this car holy statue magic a try. But because Washington D.C. traffic is getting more and more dangerous, I decided I’d mount my holy person looking OUT though the windshield. I figure she’ll scream or something if any real danger is about to surprise me.

In determining how to mount my holy person on the dashboard, I turned the tiny statue upside down seeking instructions. A small label on the bottom reads, “Made in China.”

Unexplained Apparition

There was a TV program named “The Twilight Zone” when I was a kid. In it, Rod Serling explored the unexplainable week after week.

Last week, when I got to the bottom of three or four deck underground garage, I had to stop for a blind lady with a white cane smack in the driving lane, walking somewhere. I could see no other cars anywhere and have no idea what a blind lady was doing at the bottom of the underground garage.

My wife said: “She has a holy statue WAY better than yours.”

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