A Tennessee pastor is hosting a book burning for his congregation, targeting titles like Harry Potter and Twilight to promote “witchcraft”.
Book fires in Tennessee target children’s literature titles like Harry Potter and dusk.
Far-right pastor and conspiracy theorist Greg Locke held a book burning for his congregation in Mt. Juliet, TN. As reported by Nashville SceneLocke gave a sermon before the fire, where he encouraged attendees to launch young adult titles such as JK Rowling Harry Potter and that of Stéphanie Meyer duskin a large bonfire on the basis that the books encouraged devil worship and witchcraft.
“We have a constitutional right and a biblical right to do what we’re going to do tonight,” Locke said. “We have a burning permit, but even without a permit, a church has the religious right to burn occult material that it considers a threat to its religious rights and freedoms and belief system.” Other items to burn included Ouija boards and tarot cards.
According to Nashville Scenethere was a counter-protester at the book fire, who threw what he claimed to be the Bible into the flames while holding copies of books as Fahrenheit 451 and About the origin of species. Published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 depicts a dystopian American future in which books are banned and “firefighters” are tasked with burning any books they find.
Locke’s burning comes weeks after a Tennessee school board voted unanimously to ban cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel, Maus, from his neighborhood. The McMinn County School Board noted the “unnecessary use of profanity and nudity and its depiction of violence and suicide” as the reason for its removal. Prior to the novel’s outright ban, the school board apparently discussed censoring “inappropriate” words and images from the text.
Spiegelman Pulitzer Prize Winner Maus was originally serialized in Raw between 1980 and 1991, and has been classified as a mixture of genres, from memoirs and biographies to history and fiction. The story follows the cartoonist, born shortly after the end of World War II, as he interviews his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. Maus is known for his postmodern techniques, regularly jumping from the past to the present, and portrays Jews as mice and Germans as cats. According to the school board, the fact that Maus is about the Holocaust did not take into account the ban.
Spiegelman described the school board as “Orwellian” when addressing the banning of his graphic novel. “I’m a bit confused by that,” Spiegelman said. “It leaves my jaw hanging open, like, ‘What?'”
Source: Nashville Scene
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