Georgia’s Dona Quixote
With seventh installment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, due out this June, Georgia’s vey own Dona Quixote, Laura Mallory of Gwinnett County, is tilting at windmills—again.
Ms. Mallory has attempted several times in the past to get the Harry Potter books banned from the Gwinnett County school system, on the basis that they promote witchcraft. Not only is she sadly misguided as to what witchcraft actually is, she is mixing religion and government; not an unusual occurrence in this state. (Remember the Cobb County Evolution stick fiasco?)
The trouble with her whole plan is that no one is buying it. She has been shot down several times since her initial 2005 request to her child’s elementary school to remove all the Harry Potter books from the library shelves. At each turn, from school panels, to the district, to the school board, the vote has been to unanimously retain to book series. (1)
Ms. Mallory, apparently unsatisfied, took the case to the Gwinnett Superior Court in January of this year, where she again lost her appeal. (1)
So what is it about these books that cause Ms Mallory to cast herself in the fool’s light? She herself has said that she has not read the books, but instead relies on conservative Christian website testimonies to keep her informed. She has gone on record stating that she believes that raising a country full of witches is just not right. (1)
While that sentiment is certainly debatable, or would be if Ms. Mallory had any sense of what witches really are and do, she is certainly entitled to restrict her children’s reading. She could even go so far as to request that the offending books be removed from her children’s PUBLIC school library. After that however, she really needs to reassess her motives.
Why would she seek to restrict every child’s reading in Gwinnett County? Does Ms. Mallory believe that freedom only applies to those in her coterie? Or perhaps only to those residing in Gwinnett County? (Poor Fulton and DeKalb Counties—do you feel left out yet?) Is she seeking glory for herself? Her religion? Is she just seriously misguided?
I don't know.
Sadly, I do not think Ms. Mallory does either.
(1) Ben Smith. Atlanta Journal Constitution (May 29, 2007). Next installment of mom vs. Potter set for Gwinnett court. http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/stories/2007/05/28/0529metPOTTER.html?cxntnid=amn052907e
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Georgia’s Dona Quixote