A teaching assistant (in the UK) was suspended, then resigned, because she refused to let a 7 year old child read from a Harry Potter book. She said it would have violated her Christian faith. In fact, she told the child that she refused to do witchcraft in any form and would have been cursed through hearing the novel read. Now the T.A. is suing the school seeking $100,000 in damages for religious discrimination.
OK, I understand that your religious beliefs may prevent you from experiencing certain pieces of literature, but I think that in this case it thoroughly makes her unqualified to be teaching children because if you are forbidden from being exposed to "witchcraft" you will be severely limited in choices for children's literature. You would have to avoid all faeries, gnomes, elves, leprechans, dragons, flying carpets, genies, Aesop's Fables, anything in Greek, Roman, Norse, or Celtic mythology, King Arthur, The Odyssey, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Cinderella. (What do kids read these days?) What is the test for witches? Is it OK if they are not called witches but still have supernatural powers? Are talking animals OK? Using "the force"? How about wardrobes that open into a parallel world? People who walk on water or make fish appear out of nothing and turn water into wine?
Image from "Cinderella" from The Beacon Second Reader posted by Project Gutenberg.
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