Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A minister is demanding that books be removed from a public library because they’re corrupting the children! This is a repeat from everywhere at any time ever. This time the target is Twilight, Harry Potter and other “occult” books.
A Shepherd minister is leading a petition to have certain books removed from the shelves of the teen section at Austin Memorial Library.
The books include Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, and all other books aimed at a teen audience that perpetuate a theme of vampires in relationships with young teens.
Phillip Missick, pastor of King of Saints Tabernacle, is concerned that the books and others do not bend a child’s character in a positive way.
“There are 75 books, according to the library, that deal with the occult in the teen section. On the top shelf, there is a demonic stuffed doll and a witch’s hat,” said Missick, referring to a figurine of the Harry Potter elf character, Dobby, and a sorting hat from the same series.
“I am not saying that the library shouldn’t have information on the occult since it is part of our history, but there is an overwhelming amount and the books appear to be targeting teens,” he said.
You believe in a book with talking snakes, holy spirits, and magic potions that tell whether a person has committed adultery, for crying out loud. And the Bible contains more violence and barbarism than all of those vampire books combined. Glass houses, padre.