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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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sandyduncansglasseye    

If Jesus was a kind and caring soul, he would strike down all of these people like her and make the world a better place. Like the old saying goes, Jeebus, save me from your followers.

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Bland Ambition    

SHE DIDN'T PREVENT ANYONE FROM CHECKING OUT ANY BOOKS!!!!!!!!!

This is the REAL problem with America. People don't read properly, and their comprehension skills aren't much better.

It was the LIBRARY who tried to force HER to do something against her beliefs. THAT's the problem.

And for those of you who said, "If you don't like doing your job, then leave". Well, isn't that what she did?

Freakin morons.

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Rah-Rah    

What does this mean "refused to push the Potter books on the kids"? Was she not going to acquire the books in the collection because she personally feels it's wrong? If that's the case then it's pure CENSORSHIP and she needs to be hung by her thumbs for creating such a situation in a country that endorces freedom--freedom to read whatever one wants.

The American Library Association needs to step in and but this nutty librarian in her place!

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Inkeddreams    

How comletely ignorant can people be?? Its a book. It doesnt tell kids to go out and sacrifice the neighbors dog. It doesnt tell how to do spells and no where in them does it say anything about God or Satan for that matter. Stupid closed minded nut jobs.

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Hot4Harry    

Anyone notice this? How is this possible? Or has it simply not happened yet?

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

As goofy as her beliefs are (she doesn't support books about magical beings, yet is dedicated to a book that has humans engaged in "magical" behaviors with the help of an invisible power, such as parting seas, rising from the dead, etc...), I still believe that she should have been excused because the US Constitution allows for religious freedom. Some would (and obviously do) consider magicians to be religious figures, rather than amusing fiction, therefore the library (as a government institution) would be "endorsing" a religious belief, which is against the US Constitution. Personally I think its all craziness and being taken way too seriously, but then I recognize 99% of the United States would not agree with my religious viewpoints either.

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Inkeddreams    

Victoria a job has every right to tell their employees what products to push. Its a library for goodness sakes. Most books in a library go against what closed minded christians would consider godly. Every thing from science to fiction has something that anyone without a hobby could find something evil in. Its called police yourself and let others police themselves. If you cant do the job to the expectations of your employer, dont apply for the job in the first place.

2157 days ago
52.

Rah-Rah    

Victoria C.--

It's NOT the librarian's job to tell or not to tell ANYONE what to read. A librarian's job is to PROVIDE information sources to the public to satisfy the public's information needs.

If this nutty librarian refuses to have HP books in the public library that pays her salary, then she's creating an environment of CENSORSHIP! Regardless of how she may feel about any resource, that's not what she's trained to do. Librarian's have no business pushing their beliefs on someone else or telling someone what's morally good for them. That's not what a library is for. Libraries provide infinite information for those who seek it, and Librarians are their to make sure it's available. Period.

2157 days ago
53.

1313    

Suit says plantiff resigned on or about Sept. 6, 2008. Guess she doesn't believe in the occult but can predict the future.

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Inkeddreams    

Bland Ambition before calling people "freaking Morons" for not reading the story, may I suggest you read the story as well? She didnt quit..."Unfortunately, she ended up incurring the wrath of the boss -- the one who pays her rent -- and got herself canned as a result." Far cry from quitting.

2157 days ago
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Rico    

If McCain gets elected, we will see more & more of these victim cases where employers will have more power to discriminate against people because of their religion, race, creed, what have you! I don't necessarily agree with every cause the ACLU takes on, but I damn sure don't like the Big Business -anti-worker sentiment taking hold of our Country.

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tuckerdolf    

This doesn't seem to have as much to do with Harry Potter (which I love personally, as they're highly moral stories) as it does to do with her not being willing to work outside of normal work hours. She's only part time, for goodness sake, how can they think they have the right to force her to work special hours? Couldn't they find some teenagers to work the event?

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57.

del    

A librarian who is for censorship. Ironic, no?

2157 days ago
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del    

41. I wouldn't recommend the book either. Nor, would I recommend a book on sex or homosexuality if I worked in a book store. Posted at 6:35PM on May 28th 2008 by Victoria C

Victoria - What kind of weird sex life do you have that you equate a fantasy book about a child wizard with sex and homosexuality?

2157 days ago
59.

Mayu    

what a horrible, wicked book! Good for her!

Who wants a book that teaches good triumphing over evil, pushed on our kids? I know if I had kids, I wouldn't want them reading a book that promoted tollerance of people despite their social and financial status, or to not judge people who are different.

I mean, thank god someone is standing up for those of us who can't stand books about people who overcome despite the cards dealt to them, and that friendship and love is important.

Thank God for this librarian for sticking to her beliefs. I think she also should have stopped pushing all fantasy books with magic like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Lord of the Rings...

**Sigh**

Please note the sarcasm in this comment.

This librarian is NUTSO!!!

2157 days ago
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hollymolly    

am i the only weird one who finds this story slightly interesting only because Poplar Bluff, Missouri is where the character Charlene Frazier (played by Jean Smart) on the 80's show Designing Women? i probably shouldn't admit that I know that, but I am a sucker for cheesey sitcoms.....

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