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Evil Harry Potter Smites God-Fearing Librarian

5/28/2008 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

When you think "Harry Potter," you think of an evil, Occultist, pagan, heathen devil, don't you?

Well, in this lawsuit, a Missouri librarian refused to push the Potter books on kids because she was afraid that The Boss -- the Almighty One -- would bring his fury on her and cast her out if she did. Unfortunately, she ended up incurring the wrath of the boss -- the one who pays her rent -- and got herself canned as a result.

So now Deborah Smith has invoked the help of the highly secular ACLU, which is helping her sue the Poplar Bluff Library for money. You know, the earthly kind. Amen.

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HeadShaker    

Everyone knows that the ACLU is run by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, so let me try to help them both with this simple Muggle Spell: Illuminatus ignoramus

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17.

Cbwone    

Let's ask god what he felling is on this law suite. The jurry would like to call The Boss -- the Almighty to the stand for his side of the story

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18.

Lizard    

Damn Tards

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BKT    

What a concept... someone gets fired for failing to execute their job based on the job requirements. That's not a case for the ACLU, that's a case for unemployment!!!

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20.

freedom12345    

Another religious nut!!!

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21.

Buwahahahahaha    

I'm guessing the Library Bosses were just waiting for an excuse to fire this moron...and she amply gave them one! Bravo! Stupidity should HURT.

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Bland Ambition    

Did anybody bother to read the lawsuit? It seems to me that it's exactly the opposite of what most of you are bitching about.

The librarian did her regular duties; then the library wanted to have an after hours promotion of one of the Harry Potter books (outside of normal business hours). The librarian asked to not be involved because her religion prohibited the promotion of the occult, regardless of the form. The library was going to force her to participate, but instead fired her. The Bible DOES warn against participating in occultism. The fact that Harry Potter is geared towards children makes it all the more insidious. Regardless of whether it mentions the devil or not, it is a book that replaces belief in God with belief in magic, the occult, and witchcraft. The librarian's religious beliefs prohibited her from PROMOTING THAT TO CHILDREN. Therefore, she was within her rights.

Now who is foisting their religious beliefs on whom?

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23.

AlsGal    

Did anyone notice:

33. Plaintiff Smith resigned her position on or about September 6, 2008, at the
insistence of her physician.

That's 3 1/2 months in the future. :)

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24.

me bitchin    

I feel as though the ACLU is nothing more than a legal way to spread opression. And we all know what happens to folks who are opressed~they like to blow stuff up.
So before Americans decide to become what they hate the most, the ACLU had better pick their battles, the ones that actually make a difference.
Taking up a cause for a Hary Potter hating opressor is not the rigth fight to pick.

2154 days ago
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bethb    

Where'd my comment go? Nice. I'll just comment again. #17, THANK YOU! Some people actually read the whole story before making accusations, it's called "smart". The librarian was well within her rights when she wanted out of something that took place after work hours and was against her beliefs. Then again, Christians are the only ones without the right to religious freedom, right?? Some of you are so moronic. She stood up for what she believes in, good for her!! I hope she wins the suit.

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Bubblebunny    

Bring on Gloria !!!!

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27.

omg?!?!?!?    

if you can't do your job, don't work there..
if, in fact, this library is pushing something that you find to be against your core beliefs, get the hell out of there!! what the hell is wrong with these people?? i hope this case falls on deaf ears. not only is it crazy to believe this book is evil; its crazy to believe that because you think its evil you have the right to sue someone you volunteered to work for for allowing others to read it. these people make christians look bad.

2154 days ago
28.

Bubblebunny    

IT'S FICTION, Boobela !!!!

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karategal1210    

How pathetic for TMZ to act like Harry Potter was the cause for this lawsuit. This lawsuit is between an employer and an employee who was not permitted to get off for religious reasons. I totally understand why the employee was upset with her boss. This article should have focused on the dilemma in the employee's case instead of focusing on the ire of Harry Potter. Bad TMZ.

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GET OVER YOURSELVES YOU PRUDES!    

Here is the article from the St. Louis Post Dispatch

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a southeast Missouri city after a former library worker claimed she was disciplined when she refused to work at an event to promote a Harry Potter book due to her religious beliefs.

The woman, Deborah Smith, is a Southern Baptist who believes the Harry Potter books "popularize witchcraft and the practice of the occult," said Anthony Rothert, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.

Smith worked as a part-time library assistant at the Poplar Bluff Public Library for more than a year, but said she could not take part in a July 20, 2007, event to mark the release of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" book by J.K. Rowling the next day. In the Potter books, children have magical powers. Library employees were expected to dress as witches and wizards at the event, Rothert said.

He said Smith was suspended for 10 days without pay when she refused to work at the event, which was held outside of the library's normal hours. Smith, who has a pacemaker, did tasks like checking out library patrons' books and answering phones prior to the dispute.

Upon her return, her hours were cut and she was given more labor-intensive tasks, such as emptying out a book dropoff box, he said. Rothert said she quit on her doctor's recommendation.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday alleges violations of her civil, First and 14th Amendment rights, alleging her right to free exercise of religion was violated. It seeks unspecified damages. It also names the library's director, Jacqueline Thomas, as a party being sued. Thomas could not be reached for comment. Smith declined to comment.

"Government employers must respect individuals' religious beliefs," said Brenda Jones, executive director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, in a statement. "Federal law requires accommodation of religious beliefs so that every citizen's religious liberty is safeguarded."

The ACLU said Smith filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and that both agencies issued her notices of her right to sue this spring.

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