A group of Polish Catholics from the group “SMS from Heaven” was fed up with how Catholics weren’t being faithful to the Bible, so yesterday they finally did something about it. They staged a protest until every priest accused of abuse was kicked out of the Church.
What the fire will accomplish is anyone’s guess. It’s not like copies of the book aren’t readily available everywhere else… and plenty of critics made clear that people don’t “worship” the characters in J.K. Rowling’s series.
The Facebook post justifies the bonfire with Bible quotes condemning magic…
A passage from Acts, quoted in the group’s post, says “many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver”.
Another passage, from Deuteronomy, says: “Burn the images of their gods. Don’t desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God.”
One critic says: “I have not met anyone yet who would rape, murder and steal in the name of Harry Potter. In the name of the Bible, yes. Bad news, gentlemen!”
It’s such a great self-own. Whatever these priests thought they were doing, the story everyone’s hearing is that a bunch of insane religious leaders thought burning books would solve their problems… even as they completely downplay the serial sexual abuse in their own religious community.
Just two weeks ago, the Polish Bishops’ Conference revealed that, since 1990, 382 priests were found to have abused 624 victims, “including 198 under the age of 15.”
But sure: Burn references to Hermione for always asking critical questions. I’m sure that’ll fix everything.
(Featured image via Facebook. Thanks to everyone for the link)