View Full Version : JK Rowling denied medal by Bush

30-09-2009, 04:12 PM
JK Rowling was denied the US's highest civilian honour because members of the Bush administration believed Harry Potter "encouraged witchcraft", a new book claims.

Matt Latimer, a former speech writer for George W Bush, states in 'Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor' that White House officials objected to the author's perceived promotion of sorcery in the series.

As a result her name was not included amongst those receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it is alleged.

Article: Telegraph - JK Rowling denied medal by Bush because Harry Potter 'encouraged witchcraft' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/6245507/JK-Rowling-denied-medal-by-Bush-because-Harry-Potter-encouraged-witchcraft.html)

Are you guys in America still witch hunting? :sqconfused:

It's a children's book! Are you going to put Hans Christian Anderson on the Most Wanted List cos his stories mention fairies?

30-09-2009, 04:41 PM
I know. The hypocrisy is astonishing. Walt Disney (wanna talk about magic, etc.?) is a national treasure.

*rolls eyes*

30-09-2009, 05:02 PM
Hate to break it to you, but each year there is a long list of potential people to get the medal.

And a lot just do not get it for whatever reason.

Myself, I could care less if she got a medal or not.

30-09-2009, 05:18 PM
I actually knew a woman who refused to let her kids participate in Halloween because it involves witches and ghosts.
She kept her kids home from school on October 31st and November 1st and never let them go Trick-Or-Treating.

Hard for you to imagine in Europe, where it's not a big deal, but ALL kids here do it.
Her kids would have been singled out and teased, on top of not getting any candy when every other kid around them did.

30-09-2009, 06:34 PM
You do have a lot of religious people here that do not believe in halloween.

Nothing against them, that is their belief and I respect that.

30-09-2009, 07:42 PM
*My* family doesn't celebrate Halloween, but I still think it's hypocritical for anyone (including the Bush admin in this case) to vilify JK Rowling when we're surrounded by things of a similar nature and they're not only tolerated but embraced.

By the way, our reason for not celebrating Halloween has nothing to do with fairytale stuff, but because of what Halloween really is and where it came from. Just another wacky religious holiday.

30-09-2009, 09:48 PM

30-09-2009, 10:16 PM
We love a good witch hunt over here... especially if it makes us feel better about our goofy beliefs...

30-09-2009, 10:24 PM
I love hunting witches.
But Iowa has no season on witches.

30-09-2009, 10:39 PM
Every season is OPEN season on witches!!!!

30-09-2009, 11:00 PM
Not in Iowa....they are a protected species.

Plus they do have some super orgies at midnight on certain days of the year.

01-10-2009, 06:06 AM
Hate to break it to you, but each year there is a long list of potential people to get the medal.

And a lot just do not get it for whatever reason.

Myself, I could care less if she got a medal or not.

Don't get me wrong dude. Like yourself, I don't care whether she gets a medal or not. No skin off my nose. But to deny her a medal because her book aimed at children was seen as promoting witchcraft!?! :sqconfused:

That beggars belief. :3confused:

01-10-2009, 09:46 AM
I'll bet Bush's daughters have read the whole series. Also, shouldn't Laura The Librarian be applauding decent literature in the sea of other crap out there?

01-10-2009, 10:01 AM
Like so many subjects, this one is wasting precious electrons that could be put to better use finding more porn.

01-10-2009, 10:02 AM
But Dawg, you just wasted some more. lol!

01-10-2009, 12:17 PM
Good words highlighting highlighting stupidity are never wasted, for the wise take heed.

01-10-2009, 12:22 PM
No need to pick on the wise.

I do need to go take some heeds for my coffee.

01-10-2009, 01:00 PM
I think I'm highlighting things too much!