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On Harry Potter Life Lessons

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There was an interesting exchange on the uctaa message board recently.

navoff had posted an updated link to:

Harry Potter's Life Lessons

barger 10 then followed with a personal own experience arising out of Harry Potter:

I have a co-worker that is very religious and he said that Harry Potter is the devil. He also told this to my daughter.

I asked my daughter if she wanted to go see the latest Harry Potter movie and she said that my co-worker told her it was bad and that they don't watch things like that, so she didn't want to go. All I had to say to her was that they don't watch Disney channel or Nick channel so she couldn't watch those either, and that she wouldn't be able to watch Twilight any more. Needless to say she agreed to go to the movie and never spoke of it again.

I don't understand how someone like this can justify telling things like this to my daughter but if I was to take his child or grandchild aside and teach them about apathetic agnosticism, I am sure he would have a fit.

Why do people that believe think its okay to press their beliefs but won't allow you to spread your beliefs?

MMMark responded:

I know your question was rhetorical, but let me treat it as interrogative.

My guess is: because "people that believe" equate their beliefs with THE TRUTH. Therefore, it's "okay to press their beliefs," since they are only spreading "the truth," a noble endeavor. They "won't allow you to spread your beliefs" because, if your beliefs are different than theirs, your beliefs must be UNTRUTH, and hence, they are preventing the spread of falsehood, again, a noble endeavor.

Why debate or re-examine one's beliefs and assumptions when one already has everything figured out and can always equate one's intolerance with noble intentions?

Good question; good answer.