Muggle Mallory vs Harry Potter: Round Two!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  January 25, 2007 — 7 Comments

It looks like winning the “Idiot of the Year” award in 2006 hasn’t slowed down Christian crusader Laura Mallory of Loganville, Georgia. Mallory is pressing forward with a Superior Court appeal to the rulings made by the local board of education to keep Harry Potter books on the shelves.

From “The Nervous Witch” by Jack T. Chick.

“Mallory said, “We will take a stand for truth, and pray God will touch the hearts of this generation.” For the past year and a half, she has vehemently preached that the books indoctrinate children in witchcraft. She hasn’t, however, actually read the books. Mallory says she is poised to take legal action and has apparently received “significant donations” from “supporters” in aid of this.”

From “The Nervous Witch” by Jack T. Chick.

Columnist Emil Steiner, who named her idiot of the year in 2006, seems to admire her almost poetic ignorance.

“Now, without going so far as calling her an idiot (oh wait), it certainly shows a high level of ignorance to believe that a book you haven’t even read is capable of converting people to a religion you know little about. Beyond the flawed logic though, Ms. Mallory’s dogmatic persistence may actually end up driving more children to read Harry Potter. In a time when faith is mired by extremism, and reading is at an all time low, perhaps she feels the only way to teach the concepts of poetic justice and the dangers of close-minded fanaticism is through a polemic gesture. If not, she is demonstrating a line of thinking that makes the Salem Witch Trials seem almost rational.”

So much for my hopes that this story (and others like it) would fade away. At this point her crusade is starting to look like some strange sort of morality play. Maybe we will find out that “Laura Mallory” is really the stage name for a liberal performance artist who is commenting on our modern culture by constructing a stereotypical ignorant evangelical to wage a Sisyphean struggle against the inevitability of Harry Potter.

Jason Pitzl-Waters