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Subj: Re: Incendio! Harry Potter books burned by Polish priests
Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 at 08:29:54 am EDT (Viewed 115 times)
Reply Subj: Incendio! Harry Potter books burned by Polish priests
Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 at 12:51:42 pm EDT (Viewed 137 times)

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(sigh)
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47771706

"...Another quotes the German poet Heinrich Heine, who wrote in 1823: "Where books are burned, in the end, people will also be burned."

"The Heine quote is seen as prophetic, because the Nazis made a great show of burning so-called "decadent" books in the 1930s. They included works by Jewish writers - and soon the Nazis did burn Jewish victims of their racist ideology."


Oh, but here's my favorite:
"...last month the Church released a report documenting sexual abuse of children by nearly 400 Polish priests between 1990 and 2018."

Could the Catholic priests be trying the change the subject? O\:\-\)



There is a certain irony, since J.K. Rowling is a practicing Christian, and according to an ex-girlfriend of mine (who was Jewish, and a fan of the series) parts of the book were inspired by the religion.



AS for a deflection. Possibly. Very much possibly.

Yet, Poland is weird. Since the fall of Communism, the country has been pushing itself into conservatism and traditionalism.

Now, neither of those words mean you want to burn books, every conservative I know wold be weirded out by this. However, with rising anti-gay views (brought on not by Catholicism, but contempt for the E.U.), centuries old antisemitism back in the rise, ant-immigrant hate crimes, all leads to some unsettling conclusions to be drawn.

Much of Easter Europe can be very "old world." Not so much in terms of being fearful of magic, but seeing corrupting influences more readily than many.

It honestly could be Dumbledore being gay, or J.K. Rowling's liberal views she is open with that they find objectionable. Especially given that it is for kids.

Rowling is also very pro-E.U., which, despite being a member of and it being very advantageous for them, many Poles view as being too similar to communism. Kind of a sore spot for them.



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