In a move at the end of the 90s, a Catholic school in Tennessee banned the Harry Potter series of books from his library because of fears that the books contain real spells and curses.
Rev. Dan Reehil, pastor at the St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Tennessee, he wrote an e-mail to parents informing them that the books had to be banned from the campus because of their content, with Rev. Reehil claiming that the book contained magic spells that could be invoked and produce dangerous results. (Related: Harry Potter Scribe J.K. Rowling tackles the backlash after describing Dumbledore by Jude Law and Grindelwald by Johnny Depp in an "intense" sexual relationship)
"These books present magic both good and bad, which is not true, but actually a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are true curses and spells; that when read by a human being he risks evoking evil spirits in the presence of the person who reads the text ".
Although the books were present in the school's previous library, they were removed from a new library that was opened in time for the 2019 school year. (Related: Harry Potter Scribe J.K. Rowling accused of racism after New Fantastic animals: The crime of Grindelwald Trailer)
The removal of these books has been confirmed at the point of sale Tennessean by Rebecca Hammel, superintendent of schools for the Catholic diocese of Nashville, who said she was not sure why the books were removed, but stated that Reehil was "in her authority to act that way".
"Every pastor has the canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school. It is in his authority to act that way. I know that in the process they were going through and somehow eradicating part of the content in the hope of processing it and improving circulation. If parents believe this or other media is appropriate, we hope they can simply guide their children and their daughters to understand the content through the purpose of our faith. We do not really select censorship in such selections unless we make sure that what we put in our school libraries is appropriate material for our classes ".
The Harry Potter the series is a frequent target of the Catholic church. Pope Benedict XVI once wrote that the books offer "subtle seductions" that "profoundly distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly". (Related: J.K. Rowling announces 4 new Harry Potter books)
At the beginning of this year, a group of Polish priests literally burned copies of Harry Potter as a means to condemn magic. An Austrian priest once favored by Pope Benedict XVI for an appointment with the bishop likewise promoted the conviction that the series was satanic and contained real magic spells and curses.
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