Deathmatch: Pope vs Potter

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by DJPoopypants, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. DJPoopypants

    DJPoopypants New Member

    http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/jul/05071301.html

    Whose side are you on?
     
  2. BillQ

    BillQ New Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    Chicago, IL
    No brainer here. The Pope is going after a children's book! Good lord, there is nothing wrong with some harmless fantasies. Anyone who reads any sort of satanic or paganism into these books are nuts. Joey Ratz is out of line here.
     
  3. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    First Harry Potter, then what? Going after Cartoon characters that don't wear any pants for being "indecent"?
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  4. SoFla Metro

    SoFla Metro Member

    Jul 21, 2000
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    I'm sure glad this guy is just the Pope and not in some position of authority.
     
  5. Claymore

    Claymore Member

    Jul 9, 2000
    Montgomery Vlg, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My money is on Potter.
     
  6. Chicago1871

    Chicago1871 Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ducks without pants. Rabbits hitting pigs. It's a recipe for mayhem.
     
  7. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
    Davis, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Finally, kids are reading - and the Catholic church has a problem.

    For the life of me, I can't think of a more irrevelent institution that the CC.
     
  8. BillQ

    BillQ New Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    Chicago, IL
    MTV?
     
  9. DJPoopypants

    DJPoopypants New Member

    The reformation was started because a bunch of people started reading books, and translating important books into a language that common people would read.

    No shock that the catholic church isn't a founding member of the "book of the month" club.
     
  10. BillQ

    BillQ New Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    Chicago, IL
    Very true. They knew once people got a chance to actually read the Bible and other books, they would start to question things. Of course, not giving Henry VIII a divorce helped the refomation along as well.
     
  11. SoFla Metro

    SoFla Metro Member

    Jul 21, 2000
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    More people know who Harry Potter is than who Joseph Ratzinger is, so you're probably right.
     
  12. Norsk Troll

    Norsk Troll Member+

    Sep 7, 2000
    Central NJ
    He's this guy, of course:
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  13. nsa

    nsa Member+

    New England Revolution; Boston Breakers
    United States
    Feb 22, 1999
    Notboston, MA
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    New England Revolution
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    United States
    A call for return to the wholesome Grimm Fairy Tales.
     
  14. Demosthenes

    Demosthenes Member+

    May 12, 2003
    Berkeley, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Right sentiment, wrong justification. Harry Potter books are insidious because they start kids down the slippery slope of mediocre children's literature that sells more toys and movie tickets than it opens young minds. Why he didn't mention Lemony Snicket in the same critique is a mystery to me.
     
  15. verybdog

    verybdog New Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    Houyhnhnms

    I really like to meet a well-read kid who has never read about Harry Potter.
     
  16. DJPoopypants

    DJPoopypants New Member

    As opposed to the hardy boys, judy bloom, mary rodgers, and sweet-valley high?
     
  17. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was always a big Boxcar Children fan when I was growing up.
     
  18. SoFla Metro

    SoFla Metro Member

    Jul 21, 2000
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Loser
     
  19. Norsk Troll

    Norsk Troll Member+

    Sep 7, 2000
    Central NJ
    First point I'd like to make is that the Harry Potter franchise is actually woefully lame on the toy front. They could have done a much better job marketing the franchise than they have. Aside from the Legos, which present a fairly broad selection, they really could have taken a few pages on the Action Figure market from Lord of the Rings.

    As to the mediocrity of the literature, you have a point in that it is not the best children's literature (highly addictive, but not the best literature). However, as some others pointed out, there are few well-read adults that didn't read a lot of mediocre (or worse) literature as children. Given that the books take all of a day or two read, I've come to the conclusion that the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
     
  20. Claymore

    Claymore Member

    Jul 9, 2000
    Montgomery Vlg, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'll be starting my daughter off with Hunter S. Thompson books. Sure, she'll have a tendency to mace her playmates, but that can be corrected...


    Wonder what the Pope has to say about that?
     
  21. peledre

    peledre Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just as long as you skip the recreational drug usage when reading them.
     

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