Harry Potter Foe Loses Fourth Challenge
Harry Potter detractor Laura Mallory has lost yet another attempt to get the popular series removed from the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools. Georgia Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor upheld May 29 a December 2006 decision by the state board of education to retain the series in the school system’s library media centers. The ruling came at the conclusion of the hearing, the May 30 Gwinnett Daily Post reported.
“This is not just fiction or fantasy,” Mallory said as part of her one-hour argument before the court. “Witchcraft is real. It’s been around for thousands of years, and we were warned of it from God.” Arguing that reading the series to schoolchildren is tantamount to indoctrinating them into the Wiccan religion, Mallory asserted, “We don’t want our children to be murderers, but we can’t teach that in our schools anymore. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ is out.”
“I’m not here to defend Harry Potter. I’m here to defend the right of the Gwinnett County Board of Education to make lawful decisions,” school board attorney Victoria Sweeny countered, going on to explain that the liberty at stake was freedom of expression and not the separation of church and state, as Mallory had contended.
Following Judge Batchelor’s decision, Mallory told the Daily Post, “Perhaps we need a whole new case built from the ground up” and filed in federal court. “I have to pray about the next step. I’ve been praying or I would have quit a long time ago,” she added.
Posted June 1, 2007.