The Return of the Brunswick Board!

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Last year the Brunswick County Board of Education (in North Carolina) decided to vote on a new policy that would allow groups to hand out religious tracts in Brunswick County schools. This policy was meant to smooth the legal road for local Christian groups wanting to distribute Bibles and tracts on school property. But things went a bit awry when Pagan/New Age publisher Llewellyn said they would use the new policy to distribute free copies of their books through local Pagan and Wiccan organizations.

“As a publisher we are committed to the dissemination of information and recognize that indeed there is much misunderstanding in the mainstream community about so-called alternative religions and we think that our books can help clarify some of these misconceptions. We regularly donate a handful of titles here and there to various pagan organizations and festivals as part of our regular publicity and outreach programs. While we are usually approached by pagan organizations looking for donations, this time we were proactive in our approach.”

Brunswick County Board of Education considering Pagan books.

Unsurprisingly, the Board indefinitely tabled the vote, fearing the consequences of real religious liberty. Now that merry band of concerned conservative Christian officials, proving that revenge is a dish best served cold, are looking to pass a new religiously-motivated procedure.

“Brunswick County school officials will consider a procedure for students’ parents to challenge books available at school libraries … Board member Shirley Babson said some parents have expressed that books such as the Harry Potter series represent witchcraft and promote the practice of Wicca. Board member Jimmy Hobbs said he sees the importance of reviewing the policy. ‘The issue is a valid issue,’ Hobbs said. ‘I’m not attacking Harry Potter. When the issue of Bibles in schools came up last year, the ones that raised the most opposition was the group known as Wicca. Does this policy give them a free pass to get their materials into the schools? When distributing materials, we should be careful by not being biased. Is Wicca being allowed, in other ways, to the exclusion of Christian literature?'”

Take that Wicca! We are totally going to let Christian parents challenge all those Harry Potter books you sneakily placed in our libraries! They must not have heard that Harry Potter is written by a Christian and contains Christian themes. I’m sure no bad publicity will come from this move, it isn’t like anyone reads Harry Potter anyway. I await further updates with bated breath.