I've been following this thread with interest, loving to hear the opinions of other and learning bits and pieces here and there that are new and interesting to me. (i have to admit that my favorite fact doesn't have to do with the topic so much as that Elvi's daugter became interested in a religion mainly the men sang - which I consider not only valid, but better then many other reasons I've heard. :))
So, my turn to toss my hat into the ring. Book banning. Not only not a fan, but I consider it to be great crime. Books are idea on paper and ideas are more precious then diamonds. Even books that present bad idea, Mein Kampf being a good example, will get people to re-examine their own values and morals, shake them up a little, something we all need to do from time to time. After all, we all evove on a daily basis and it's a good idea to take a look at our views as we, and the world around us, change. Even the lightest of fiction contains idea. Harry Potter cerainly has a world view of good and evil and how to go about one's life in the face of adversity.
As has been said a number of times, if you don't want your children to read it, don't let them have it - BUT you better be prepared to sit down and discuss why in an intelligent manner, meaning you better have actually read the book and have some very strong ideas about why you feel it is wrong. Just saying "Don't read it because I say so"...? Well, That's about all I need to hear to send me off on a mission to read the book from cover to cover to find out why it's forbidden.
Religion - talk about a sticky subject. My own experiences - Raised Catholic and sent to catholic school (yes, i had the uniform for all of you curious - we had to wear our skirts a certain length and yes, we did push the limits as much as possible
) Became an atheist during HS - reason? angry at god and my parents, so I figued that was the best way to rebel.
- Took some classes in college in comparative religions that totally opened up my eyes. Wow... Now, I just sort of practice non organized melting pot. I take the concepts and beliefs that I like and discard the rest. What I've found out is that every religion has something worthwhile... where they seem to fall apart for me is when people become involved and put their own spin on things...
A good example (and no, I'm not picking on Catholics and Christians - I actully think that Christ's teachings are beautiful) are the Catholic right who codemn people becuase they beliefs are different. Those what whoud Jesus do bumber stickers? I think he would come down, tear the sticker off, and tell the driver to get a clue (or bitch slap them, something I know he wouldn't do, but it's a favorite fantasy of mine
Oh, and please, this is all meant with the deepest respect for everyone's beliefs and religions - I know it's just a matter of a few bad apples making the others look bad - I have friend of all faiths and denominations, From Buddhist to Wiccan, and I would never dream of disparraging their faith.
PS. I don't know Cindy - I used to listen to Nine Inch Nails all the time and look how I turned out