I’m sure you all remember Laura Mallory, the Georgia jackass that has been fighting to get Harry Potter banned from the Gwinnet schools. She lost to the school board, she lost to the State Dept. of Education, and she has now lost in superior court. Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor upheld the ruling by the DoE that keeps the books available in the school libraries. Ms. Mallory trotted out the same crap she’s been saying for the past two years:
“This is not just fiction or fantasy in the books,” Mallory said. “Witchcraft is real. It’s been around for thousands of years, and we were warned of it from God.”
Mallory began to cry as she read testimony that had been presented in April 2006 by a then-15-year-old girl who said the Harry Potter books caused her to become fascinated with witchcraft and experiment with tarot cards, curses and seances.
“Your honor, we need God back in our schools,” Mallory said, with tears in her eyes, in the middle of reading the testimony.
As she continued her argument, Mallory said she feels there is a bias in schools against Judeo-Christian values. It’s not fair, she said, that the Bible isn’t used as a textbook while teachers are reading the Harry Potter series to students and classes are taking field trips to see the movies based on the bestselling series.
“We don’t want our children to be murderers, but we can’t teach that in our schools anymore,” Mallory said. “‘Thou shalt not kill’ is out.”
I’m pretty sure that schools can teach that people aren’t allowed to kill other people. And the whole “it’s not fair that the Bible isn’t a textbook”…yeah. A textbook? Uh, no. Don’t think so. Required reading for an objective comparative religion class in high school? Sure. But I don’t think that’s what Ms. Mallory has in mind…
She’s down but she’s not out yet:
After losing her latest battle to keep Harry Potter books out of the classroom, a Loganville mother on Tuesday said she may start a new case in federal court.
“I’ve done the best I can by myself,” said Mallory, who argued her case without an attorney. “Perhaps we need a whole new case built from the ground up.”
“God is still here, but he was kicked out of schools,” Mallory said. “I have a dream that God will be welcome back in schools again. I think we need him.”
Mallory said ultimately she wants the public to know the truth about witchcraft and the occult.
“I have to pray about the next step,” Mallory said. “I’ve been praying or I would have quit a long time ago.”
I think you got a bit of an answer here:
LONDON (Reuters) – J.K Rowling, who became the world’s first billion dollar author on the back of Harry Potter’s success, has given the go-ahead for the creation of a Florida theme park dedicated to the schoolboy wizard.
“The plans I have seen look incredibly exciting and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed,” Rowling said of the Orlando park that is scheduled to open in 2009.
Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, said: “Over the years we’ve received thousands of letters from fans around the world wishing they could visit Hogwarts (School) and the wonderful locations described in each of J.K. Rowling’s beloved stories.”
Did you hear that? That was the sound of a Georgia wingnut’s head exploding.