This past September 3rd, the Associated Press printed an article about a Catholic school priest that banned all Harry Potter books because he believes the books could cause the reader to conjure evil spirits. I’m incensed. That’s my polite adjective. The Catholic church inanely believes a story book, or its reader, has the ability to conjure spirits. Initially, I reminded myself that this is the 21st century, but that just made me angrier. Reverend Dan Reehil of Nashville’s St. Edward Catholic School said he consulted exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books. Exorcists!
That there remain exorcists in existence is a loud cry for a science-based education system required for children worldwide. The thought is ridiculous and dangerous because children believe this nonsense if it comes from a trusted source – like a priest or a similarly tainted loved one. Perhaps society should reconsider if it considers a priest a source of wisdom?
“The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.“
Believers can still hope and pray that there is a god out there awaiting them. I don’t believe there is one, but I can’t prove there isn’t. However, even believers should be compelled to found their beliefs within the realm of what is known.
And when our understanding lacks factual support, we should be obliged to extrapolate from what is known. Failing to do so propagates ignorance. We should value children more than that. I do. I bet you do too!
“In this place and in this hour By the guardians of the secrets of the night Take the keys to my heart And close the doors of my mind”
According to the website Wiccan Spells by Amaris Silver Moon, the incantation above allows you to protect your thoughts against anyone attempting to read or influence them without your consent.
I’m surprised Reverend Reehil & the Exorcists didn’t just use this and let the kids at St. Edward’s enjoy some fabulous stories. STORIES!
Feel free to send this advice from me. I’m just here to help.