Friday, May 20, 2011

Not This Again!

It would seem that the Vatican's 2009 endorsement of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was all for naught, at least if you're trying to find Harry Potter legos at the wrong chain of stores in England. One woman who had the audacity to ask a store manager if they carried the toys found herself accused of "teaching her child evil."

Devout Christian Gary Grant owns the chain of Entertainer shops and says he has never sold merchandise from the films in any of his shops, fearing that he may be responsible for attracting children to the occult.

Customer Jennifer Gledhill was shocked when she turned up at the new store in Wakefield with her eight-year-old son Thomas, claiming she was told the shop didn't stock Harry Potter Lego because it didn't believe in teaching children evil.

Mrs Gledhill, 40, from Wakefield, said: 'I asked the store manager for help in finding the new Harry Potter Lego and he said "Look, we're a Christian company, we don't believe in teaching children evil".

The problem here isn't that a Christian store owner doesn't believe in stocking particular toys. As a businessman it is of course his right to decide what lines of toys he wants to carry. The problem is, instead of just telling Gledhill that his store didn't have the toys or even politely explaining that they weren't consistent with the owner's beliefs, the manager couldn't resist the urge to indulge in the usual judgmental schtick. That makes him look rude and stupid rather than principled, and from a media perspective reflects badly upon his entire faith.

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3 comments:

Hypnovatos said...

Fundamentalism-Lite, now with 0 calories

Ananael Qaa said...

It's really kind of sad because I thought most of the Potter nonsense had died down. Back in the day, The Onion had the best take ever - and there were a few folks online who apparently thought it was serious.

This toy store incident just goes to show that you can still find plenty of Potter hysteria - you just need to know where to look.

Pallas Renatus said...

Only sort-of related, but I'll never forget the number of indignant and outraged blogs that The Onion's "Abortionplex" article sparked.

The scariest thing is, these people vote.