The ruling comes from the pastor of St Edward Catholic School in Nashville, Reverend Dan Reehill, who claims the spells and curses in the books are very much real and “risk conjuring evil spirits”.
Sounding immensely like a barefaced lie, Reehill emailed parents of the school students saying he had consulted with exorcists in the US and at the Vatican before he came to his decision.
With not a hint of irony, he wrote:
“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.“
This man is in charge of children…
Honestly you could ban the works of J.K. Rowling for being badly written – despite the excellent world-building – and I doubt anyone would bat an eyelid, but saying they can conjure evil spirits when there’s seemingly no evil spirits among us and the books are arguably some of the most read in the world is absolutely beyond reason.
Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, revealed that the decision made by Reverend Dan Reehill was final and it couldn’t be overturned by her or anyone else.
Speaking to The Tennessean, she said:
“Each pastor has canonical authority to make such decisions for his parish school. He’s well within his authority to act in that manner.“
Expanding on the school’s stance, Hammel made it clear that they would not stand in the way of students reading the books in their own time, outside of school:
“Should parents deem that this or any other media to be appropriate we would hope that they would just guide their sons and daughters to understand the content through the lens of our faith.
We really don’t get into censorship in such selections other than making sure that what we put in our school libraries is age appropriate materials for our classrooms.“
What a world we’re living in, eh?
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