I was listening to the local, overly conservative, 'Talk Radio' station on my drive home from work the other day, when the host of the show brought up the new Harry Potter novel, and questioned whether or not we should allow kids to read it. What was his reasoning for the question? Well, apparently a local reverend made the comment that the Harry Potter book series is evil, un-Christian, and that it's influence could lead children to end up like the BTK killer...and for those reasons, the books should be banned.
I was floored.
Now, I am not what you would probably consider to be a highly emotional individual, but this reverend REALLY p**sed me off with his comments...furthermore, the talk show host REALLY p**sed me off for even considering that the reverend could be correct...and further yet still, the callers into the show REALLY p**sed me off because they were agreeing with the reverend.
What is it about religion that can turn otherwise intelligent individuals into complete morons in a matter of seconds? Newsflash folks...'children will not become serial killers if they read Harry Potter...move along.'
With each passing minute of having not one dissenting opinion called in to the show, I was becoming more enraged. Finally, I reached for my cell phone and dialed in to the radio show. To my surprise I did not hear a busy signal, and the screener for the show immediately answered the phone...he asked me my age, location, and then told me to hold on for a few minutes.
A little time had passed, in which I continued listening to the show through my cell phone, when the host of the show finally took my call:
Host: "Let's go to Eric on a cell phone in KC."
Me: "Yeah Jerry, thanks for taking my call."
Host: "What do you want to say?"
Me: "Ummm...I just wanted to say that I think the reason you'll find some of these religious leaders so against people buying the Harry Potter books, is that they want a monopoly on their own little book of fantasy!"
Host (angrily): "So the sole purpose in you calling in is to insult christianity? Is that it?"
Me (angrily): "No, the sole purpose of my call is to say you are lowering the intelligence of your listeners."
And with that, the line was disconnected...but I did feel a little better.
- - On a side note, for anyone thinking the reverend and his groupies correct in their thinking: The BTK killer...He started killing long before Harry Potter ever came out. However, he was the former president of the church council at 'Christ Lutheran Church' in Wichita, KS. Using the reverends critical thinking skills: the evidence would indicate that it is the Bible's influence that leads people to become serial killers.