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Deus ex Populo
It's not their problem that you can't tell fiction from reality....
7/25/2011 12:56:40 PM
How do you know she is a witch? If she weighs the same as a duck, then she's made of wood.
7/25/2011 1:12:41 PM
As disappointing as it is, the Harry Potter series is FICTION!
Does biblical literalism really do this to people. Even the most religious people I know see the Bible as allegory at most.
7/25/2011 1:15:12 PM
As I said before and I'll say it again unti it sinks in with the superstitious; if you believe the bible is literally true, all fiction becomes plausible.
7/25/2011 2:15:23 PM
7/25/2011 3:14:29 PM
Omnia dicta fortiora si dicta Latina.
7/25/2011 4:16:21 PM
Raised by Horses
So it is. I used a roman numerals number generator to grab a quick number, and thought of it no more. You'd think it'd be better built than that.
Anyway, it's hardly surprising that fundies see HP and witches as a real threat. They can't perceive their own holy books as the fictional writings that they are. Why should they be able to discern other fiction from reality?
7/25/2011 5:36:35 PM
7/25/2011 5:52:11 PM
Fawful has seen God has a vagina on top of his penis
@Raised by Horses
This has got to be the ultimate most ironic piece of shit ever. Rapture Ready users condemn Harry Potter, but love Twilight. Let this set the tone for the rest of the site.
7/25/2011 5:53:02 PM
@gravematter "Xander, don't speak Latin in front of the books."
Maybe it's my liberal arts education talking, but an article by a supposed former witch claims that the contents of a book which anyone can find at in the young adult section of any local public library contains actual magic spells. In support of these claims one would expect this article would cite "safe" parts of this extraordinary book, with specifics on the sort of spell it mimics. Neither "Beccasue" or the publisher of this article took any effort to evaluate the article or to confirm whatever claims it makes. Even the yellowest of journalism uses minimal fact-checking, if only to stave off lawsuits.
I guess that's the difference between academia/journalism and the believe-anything-that-confirms-our-prejudices standard of Fundieland.
7/25/2011 6:11:02 PM
"Looney Tunes folks."
a-HA! That's why the Roadrunner cartoon popped into my head. Thanks!
"Roota ... Zoota ... ZOOT!"
7/25/2011 6:11:04 PM
The USS enterprise would definitely destroy a correllian star cruiser.
The above statements are what happens when idiots think multiple fantasies are valid.
7/25/2011 9:24:59 PM
As we all know, God likes to permit witches to prosper. Hence their widespread acceptance and proliferation around the world. Maybe it's because He has an affinity with magic and magic people. Maybe He's not the raving jealous monster that some people think He is.
The worship of supernatural beings in magic temples is also extremely widespread and magically causes money to appear in the pockets of the chief wizards and necromancers. Also, many of the wizards like to wear super-villain costumes.
Contrary to popular belief, you needn't be studious or particularly clever to be magic. In fact, the magic works better if you are lazy, brutish and ignorant. No-one knows why. It's a mystery. All we know is that magic favours the uneducated and the incurious. Strange but true.
7/26/2011 1:01:39 AM
YEAHHHHHHHH, right. And the rapture occurred exactly when Harold Camping said it would, but no one was Christchun enough and everyone was left behind! Wait, that actually seems MORE plausible... Fucking Fundies mess with my analogies.
7/26/2011 1:20:46 AM
Thou shalt not lie*.
*except when it's for Jesus**.
**By Jesus, I mean my own version of God***.
***A god with all my own opinions****.
****Opinions authority figures have told me to believe.
7/26/2011 2:18:35 AM
That was... Beautiful. Bravo. Delightfully witty, yet appropriately scathing.
7/26/2011 2:25:52 AM
If the number of Christians who claim to have been former atheists, witches, and satanists were actuality telling the truth, all three of those would be in the top 10 religious choices in the US. Stop lying.
7/26/2011 8:11:30 AM
@Raised By Horses
"Anyway, it's hardly surprising that fundies see HP and witches as a real threat. They can't perceive their own holy books as the fictional writings that they are. Why should they be able to discern other fiction from reality?"
Yet, Japan - with it's culture relatively untouched by Christian dogma (at most, white weddings alongside traditional Shinto; and the latter is purely down to Western influence as a whole, and the romantic aspects of such, also the 'face' gained by having ones as lavish as possible; Valentines Day - and 'White Day' a month after; Xmas Eve), perceive witches as good
("Mahou Tsukai Tai" - 'Magic Users Club'; in which five magic users defeat an alien invasion - of a sort!). But then, witches are part & parcel of manga/anime's 'Magical Girl' genre. Also, not taking into account the mangaka Koge-Donbo being Japan's no. 1 "Harry Potter" fan (it's rumoured she's in negotiations with Bloomsbury & JK Rowling, to the end of doing a manga adaptation of "HP"), the influence of Hogwarts in anime is evident, via this scene in the anime series "Kiddy Girl-and" (the 2009 sequel to 2002's "Kiddy Grade"):
'Ascoeur Potter and the Half-Blood ES-Member' X3
7/26/2011 8:35:13 AM
@Anon-e-moose: You forgot to mention how the whole concept of Christianity is seen as creepy in Japan - what with the whole "man dies from torture on the cross" thing.
Also, Evangelion, cough-cough, I'm just saying. That thing should be screened to fundies, just to see the ensuing shitstorm.
7/26/2011 9:52:34 AM
Yes, amazingly, JK Rowling did some research when writing her books. Hence we have Latin words for spells, a modified form of "Abracabra" ("Let it begone!") for the Killing Curse, accurate symbolic associations for the different types of wood used in wands, magical creatures based on obscure bestiaries, etc. This does not mean a conspiracy! There is no occult Illuminati trying to corrupt people. And will you believe make up your minds about whether or not you believe that what witches believe in is real?
7/27/2011 9:06:18 AM
I meant "people" instead of that first "believe".
7/27/2011 9:06:49 AM
"Kids all over the world have used these "spells" for fun; if anything was to happen when you used those wordings we would have heard about it, a looooong time ago"
I don't think that they think kids can levitate cars with these words, but they think that "every time a kid says -insert here-, the devil hears them".
7/27/2011 10:45:12 AM
Becca, if someone says "I'm a former witch" it's a pretty good bet that you can discount everything that they say after.
7/27/2011 11:31:44 AM
That writer had never been a witch in her life and was lying to giver her conspiracy theory an appeal to authority. The Harry Potter books DO show an impressive knowledge of folklore, but most real witches don't wave a wand at you and say "Expelliarmus" and expect you to go flying across the room. In fact, "spells" are more an equivalent of prayer than anything else.
Trying to learn anything about real-world witches by reading Harry Potter would be like trying to study for a Greek Mythology exam by watching Disney's Hercules.
7/27/2011 7:38:38 PM
I read an issue of Penthouse Letters, but I'm still not a Sex God.
7/27/2011 9:11:09 PM
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