[This is from Fox News, so you just know it must be true. *wink* – Claire]
A new book by a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush includes a report that White House officials did not want to give the Presidential Medal of Freedom to author J.K. Rowling because her writing “encouraged witchcraft.”
According to Think Progress, author Matt Latimer in his book “Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor” writes that the award became very politicized. He states, “This was the same sort of narrow thinking that led people in the White House to actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged witchcraft.”
Now, I’m not a big Harry Potter fan, but neither am I a hater. If a kid shows up on my doorstep on Halloween dressed as Harry Potter, it won’t offend me any more than if he showed up dressed as a Hassidic Jew carrying a calculator and a bag of gold coins. I’m able to differentiate between what is fantasy (despite prejudiced undertones) and what is reality.
The truly depressing part of the Bush Administration, in my mind, was that we were being ruled by an Evangelical Christian who didn’t believe that certain Americans had a right to practice their religion. We were being ruled by a president who was part of a Right-Wing, Ultra-Christian ideology that believes that J.K. Rowling got together with the Freemasons and the Illuminati and hatched this nefarious plan to convert all of the Christian children in the United States into diabolical, baby killing, pre-marital sex practicing heathens. Is anyone really surprised that the Bush Administration objected to giving an award to J.K. Rowling? We all know that a reasoned sense of Reality was not George W. Bush’s strong point.