Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

My deepest gratitude for all those who have given whatever it takes to keep me and mine safe and free. Memorial Day began after the Civil War to honor union men fallen in battle. After WWI, the holiday (once known as Decoration Day) included any fallen soldier. (1)

Take a moment today to vist a veteran cemetary or memorial today. If you feel moved to do so express your gratitiude to those who make it possible for me to write this, and you to read it.

(The photo above is not mine. It is however an awsome (public) phote that captures today's thought. The photo is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahbelle1/ , along with more great shots from this photographer.)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Paisley Pawprints

Good evening. Sounds so very Lugosian (as in Bela) doesn't it?

Welcome to the scratchings of my virtual pen. This blog serves several purposes, not the least of which is enforced daily writing time. I would love to be a full time --paid-- writer.

To that end I am beginning a study of technical writing to go along with my academic and fiction writing efforts. Anyone have a thought or comment of the viability of tech writing? I would like to specialize in the health field, since I am an RN. I also edit other's writing, usually for a pittance, but at least it keeps me in practice.

I love the written word, and read just about anything, from the the back of shampoo bottles to the lastest paranormal romance release. I would one day like to try writing one of those (the romance book, not the shampoo bottle ingredients--though with tech writing, that may happen).

Enough pawing around, will post again soon.

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