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I enjoyed J. Peter Freire’s intelligent take on this non-controversy, particularly because he dragooned examples from both Paradise Lost and A Man for All Seasons into serving his point.
It strikes me that saying, “you are influenced by what you choose to experience, so choose carefully,” while trite, nevertheless dovetails neatly with that Seventies pitch from the USDA as posted in more than one school cafeteria, namely, “you are what you eat.”
I can’t remember who summarized the issue so pithily, but Joseph Ratzinger’s objection to Harry Potter has also been described as highlighting the contrast between “My Will Be Done” and “Thy Will Be Done.”
That the choice in that comparison echoes both scripture and Paradise Lost is no accident, Benedict XVI was a learned man even before he occupied the Chair of Peter.p>Sure, the pope has been criticized for having reservations about J.K. Rowling’s magnum opus, as though only professors in the Chair of Potter had a right to think about the popularity of this wizard kid. But people who reduce moral guidance and catechesis to the level of Benedict’s fondness for cats or favorite beer can’t be taken too seriously, as Mr. Freire made quite clear. br> — Patrick O’Hannigan /p> p> Oh my, how we have worked ourselves into a lather! Please, please, please. Harry Potter is fiction and I’m sure the author of this hyperventilated piece knows fiction. It will not undermine Christian values or turn my child into a cultist. It will instead provide hours of becoming lost in a wonderfully fantastic place of magic and powers not possessed by mere mortals. Unfortunately, pieces like this article support the kool-aid left’s perception of conservatives. Lighten up, please! br> — John Kramschuster br> Gray, Maine /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?