I am amused by the overreaction to the protest at the library. It seems many who have written to the editor have committed the same offense of which they accuse another, and are sure that speaking out against such an "abuse" is a righteous act.
It was written in one of the letters that "the behavior of those...to judge and inflict their beliefs on others is not acceptable and should not be tolerated." I thought, according to the same letter, all beliefs were equally valid. Why does the writer exalt her position over that of the poor Victory Chapel protesters? Why is Ms. Briggs' view more valid? To quote her letter, how can she determine "which path is ‘right'" without being judgmental herself? Of course she cannot, and is judgmental enough to say that Victory Chapel's actions are "not acceptable and should not be tolerated."
To many Christians the Harry Potter series is considered dangerous. In the books, you have a child who is disobedient, vengeful, resentful, subversive, destructive, and practices sorcery. We consider this a positive influence? "The end justifies the means" is now our goal? Remember, "character counts." Parents should realize that negative values are promoted by this series. Indeed, a stern warning can be a very loving thing. After all, vinegar is vinegar despite the added sugar.
One writer called Victory Chapel's stance that the Harry Potter series is wicked, a "simple-minded belief." What Mr. Bagley does not realize is that his blanket statement covers many very intelligent people who share the beliefs of Victory Chapel on this issue (if not the modus operandi). Of course reading Harry Potter will not send a person to Hell, but neither does having a view opposed to Mr. Bagley make one simple-minded.
Parents who disagree with Victory Chapel should see this as a rare opportunity to teach their children a valuable civics lesson, the right to peaceful protest. Have we raised children that are so fragile that viewing such a protest will damage them? I can only hope we haven't hobbled our future generations in such a way.
Consider this letter my protest to the Harry Potter event at the Payson Library. The exaltation of wickedness through witchcraft, sorcery, and necromancy at the expense of the taxpayer is as good a reason to protest as there is, I suppose.
Jason Burton, Payson