…About a month or so ago. I was talking with Poly on the phone, and I related something that had happened to me. A few months back, while in Canada, GingerOfTheNorth and I went into a Christian bookstore to pick up a “Veggie Tales” videotape for our son Matthew. For those of you who don’t know, “Veggie Tales” are Christian prophaganda marketed at children. Singing and dancing animated vegtables, etc… Example: Asparagus singing " God is bigger than the boogie man, he’s bigger than Godzilla or the monsters on TV". In other words, it’s garbage, but then so are Neo-Pets and Pokemon, and Matthew enjoys all of them.
The point of the story is this: While in the Christian bookstore, I noticed a book titled (best as I can remember): “Finding Christ through Lord of the Rings”. I also saw any number of books viehemently condeming Harry Potter. Hmmm. Ginger was in line to buy the tape, I think I’ll fuck with these folks ( in a most respectful way ). I took the LOTR book and one of the Anti-Potter ones up to an employee whom I’d overheard holding forth at great length on the evils of network TV to other customers.
“I was wondering…I have a question”
“I saw this book” (I held up the LOTR one)" and this one" (I held up an Anti-Potter book)" and I was wondering…what exactly is the difference?"
Nubleas have not been as wide as this guy’s eyes.
" The difference? The difference???" ( He really said it twice )
" Yes, what’s the difference?"
“The difference”’ he hissed, actually hissed, " Is that Harry Potter teaches REAL Magic. Those spells are REAL!"
“Wow” said I.
"I have always wanted to fly on a broom, you mean Harry Potter can teach me that???
“No, but other spells are REAL!!!”
At this point, Ginger had paid and we had to go. I thanked the gentleman for his time. Still…
I would have liked to fuck with that guy some more. Poly suggested I post the story because he would enjoy the responses. So would I. Idiots.