Harry Potter


I believe Medowie Christian School principal, Samantha Van de Mortel is being disingenuous in her reasons for banning Harry Potter novels from the school library. Is it really as she claims, because the novels have “been the subject of many international debates”, or is it really because many Christian parents and teachers actually still believe in witchcraft and black magic? Having read the school’s statement of faith that is signed by all staff it appears that is the case.

If they are going to ban books containing gruesome, grotesque and frightening images and ideas then I would suggest they remove all copies of the bible from the school grounds immediately. Murder, rape, incest, slavery and genocide are hardly appropriate topics for primary school children.

Medowie Christian School like all other faith schools discriminate against non-Christians when hiring staff and enrolling students despite receiving government funding, and in the case of Medowie school, severely restrict the options available to non- religious parents as they are the only highschool in the town.

I am quite confident that children are capable of separating fact from fiction, even if their parents and teachers can’t.

Peter Rowney
Lemon Tree Passage



This entry was posted in Religion. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s