Quote# 15513

[On the Harry Potter books]

To suggest to any child...that there is a way to escape the unhappy, real life world they live in and to retreat into a mystical fantasy world to find happiness is totally irresponsible and deceitful.

Freedom Village USA Ministries, Reachout Trust (site) 118 Comments [10/1/2006 12:00:00 AM]
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Submitted By: Isaac Lewis

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It sounds like you live in some mystical fantasy world to me.

10/1/2006 7:26:49 PM


To suggest to any child that there is a lake of eternal fire waiting for them unless they do exactly as you say is irresponsible and deceitful.

10/1/2006 7:31:36 PM


[On the christian bible]

To suggest to any person...that there is a way to escape the unhappy, real life world they live in and to retreat into a mystical fantasy world to find happiness is totally irresponsible and deceitful.

10/1/2006 7:34:32 PM


Wow if it didn't say it was refering to Harry Potter books I'd swear you were talking about Heaven.

10/1/2006 7:48:06 PM

Napoleon the Clown

Hypocrite much?

10/1/2006 7:59:30 PM


Yep, much more responsible to tell them they can retreat into a mystical fantasy world to find happiness when they are dead. Yep, much more responsible....sigh.

10/1/2006 8:19:25 PM


My Spidey Sense is detecting the incipient arrival of very boring children...

10/1/2006 8:22:56 PM


Part of being a kid is not dealing with unhappy real life.

To deny them the one real chance at that is just flat out evil. Let a kid go, let them have a real mind, it's the only thing that will keep most people sane short of diving into some addiction.

10/1/2006 8:36:40 PM


But isn't that what happens when they go into Fundamentalist Chrisitanity?

10/1/2006 8:50:33 PM


Ban all books that aren't direct, and no the bible does not qualify, reports of history. Because all other things are fantasy and thereby unfair to te kid.

10/1/2006 8:51:14 PM

Tiny Bulcher

Or, you know, they could just read the books, enjoy them for what they are and not retreat into anything.

Did you know there is a Jewish sect in Israel who read nothing but Torah? They're dumber than shit and live off welfare. I think this is what the fundies are aiming at.

10/1/2006 8:53:16 PM


We all know why this is funny.

10/1/2006 8:54:47 PM


I think we have a Death By Irony Overdose cantidate here

10/1/2006 9:05:46 PM


I hope the local child protective services are keeping an eye on him.

For a child, escaping is not only normal but necesary. Not only does it remove stress from them (yes, kids can get bleeding stress ulcers), but it gives them an imagination that they will need for the rest of their lives.

10/1/2006 9:09:05 PM


I just submitted this comment.

There's something desperately missing from this article: any notion in regards to parental involvement with their children.

If parents are really worried about their kids, then they need to sit down with those kids and discuss matters. The parents need to explain what they do and do not appreciate about the series, while at the same time allowing the children to offer their own explanations.

Above all else, parents need to let their kids know that this is just fiction. Nothing more, and nothing less. How hard is that?

10/1/2006 9:22:49 PM


It would seem apparrent that you have NEVER sat down and read a good fiction story... I am sad for you, you have lost much of a love for life.

10/1/2006 9:29:05 PM

Mister Spak

\"to retreat into a mystical fantasy world to find happiness is totally irresponsible and deceitful.
\"\"You will be keeping your children out of church then?

10/1/2006 9:47:35 PM


So we should stop teaching children about Heaven. An excellent plan.

BTW, you clearly have not read the books if you think it's all about the characters \"running away to Happyland.\"

10/1/2006 9:50:30 PM


Irony Overdose Award. Definitely.

10/1/2006 9:52:54 PM


The Harry Potter books are fiction. Get that through your thick skulls.

10/1/2006 9:55:59 PM


So we should batter them with pessimism 24/7? Great idea!

Also, why does this person seem to share the same views on fantasy literature as Michael Moorcock (author of the Elric Saga, a series of dark fantasy novels that makes Harry Potter look something a preacher wrote)?

10/1/2006 10:13:25 PM


So one should beat the imagination out of your children forthwith (if not sooner) for it is sinful.

Deeply scary people.

10/1/2006 10:23:56 PM


...\"to retreat into a mystical fantasy world...\"

You mean like a work of fiction that claims a world wide flood, pi= 3, talking snakes, unicorns, et al?

10/1/2006 10:27:07 PM

Miss Sweet

Someone had a bad childhood...

10/1/2006 10:45:01 PM


It is natural and healthy to use reading, daydreaming, games, sports and other pastimes to escape mentally from the everyday problems of life. To deny this to children will take away an important self-soothing method that reduces stress and anxiety.

10/1/2006 11:03:09 PM

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