Here are two stories about the influence of fundamentalist Christians in the US:
Harry Potter author JK Rowling missed out on a top honor because some US politicians believed she "encouraged witchcraft", it has been claimed.
A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer.
Politicians that talk about witch-craft and a free market that censors itself out of fear of a group of religious fanatics. That's just sad to see the US succumb to fundamentalism that you would normally expect from countries like Iran.
The irony is, a lot of these fundamentalists have more in common with their supposed "Muslim enemies" than anybody else.
17th June 2002
Fundamentalists - the clue is in the name.
I dont know what to say to this other than it reminds me of a incident once where I used to work.
I also remember many schools banning "The Wizard Of Oz" because it had witchcraft in it and there was no such thing as a good witch, all witches were evil and the products of Satan.
For awhile I was a assistant to a carpenter working at a local hospital doing remodeling work. The conversation turned one day to animals.
The carpenter said "Animals dont go to heaven because they have no soul. That's why dogs cant look you in the eye because they can see your soul."
I replied "No its because eye contact is considered a challenge or show of force, the dog looks away to show its subservience and that it recognizes you as the leader"
The carpenter started quoting from the Bible. I only had one response which is from the Book of Psalms in the Bible.
Translation vary but my version stated "Man has no place greater than or lesser than that of the animals. All else is vanity".
Mr. Carpenter was speechless.
Mr. Carpenter also thought I was a Pagan because I was in the SCA, A medieval recreation society. I tried to explain that one of our members was a Eastern Orthodox Priest who even held services on Sunday Mornings for those who wanted to attend. All in the same clothing and traditions as medieval times. Didnt matter, we were all doomed to be Pagans and Devil worshippers for being to close to our "pagan" past.
No, there were no period correct witch burnings or Inqusitions.
All of my views on this can be summerized in one word: Facepalm.
Fundamentalists encourage sheer idiocy & nonsense, can we stop them having a house, or something?
I didn't make it!
The second one confuses me since there are a ton of pieces of media about Darwin and the theory of evolution. I can see a specific distributor not picking it up but no one picking it up?
The first doesn't surprise me though. Fundies are stupid, no question about it.
Despite the fact that the United States of America is centered around a popularity contest every four years where the candidates spout out crap about "change", not much about it never changes. This is just one of many.
I want to know if there were any kids who read harry potter and actually went around and tried to levitate things.
crisissuit3;5022525I want to know if there were any kids who read harry potter and actually went around and tried to levitate things.
I still try on occasion.