Friday, September 25, 2009

Holy Hagrid!

OK, this is not only silly, but an example of the non-intellectual bent of the previous administration.

Latimer writes that administration officials objected to giving author J.K. Rowling the Presidential Medal of Freedom because her writing “encouraged witchcraft” (p. 201):

This was the same sort of narrow thinking that led people in the White House to actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged witchcraft.

Encouraged witchcraft? That's like saying that the film version of "Live and Let Die" promotes voodoo because it's partially set in New Orleans. Not to mention that Harry Potter is, well, you know, FICTION. As in a made-up story, not a how-to manual.

Say what you will about Obama's policy successes and failures, or his administration's level of commitment to a truly progressive agenda. At least the WH is once again occupied by a group of intelligent people who don't get their information from televangelists, comic books and the residents of Wingnuttia. I doubt many readers of this blog (I don't count you, Ranger) would for a moment wish to step back into the Bush years by comparison.

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