LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 23, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren has overruled a decision by the elected Cedarville District School Board to restrict Harry Potter books. After complaints from parents about the books, the school board decided last June that students wishing to take the controversial books out of school libraries would have to have parental permission.
The books which have been of concern for their possible promotion of witchcraft to some vulnerable readers were ordered by the judge into unrestricted circulation in the school libraries. A Christian commentator concerned about the Harry Potter series commented to LifeSite that books about good witches vs bad witches would be similar to, for instance, books on good adulterers vs bad adulterers. Christianity considers both witchcraft and adultery as grave evils. There can be neither good witches nor good adulterers and such books therefore create moral confusion.