Limits on kids book spark war of words


Harry Potter is inder fire in MI.This Story from the Detroit Free Press.

Some teachers are so riled over efforts to restrict children from reading the best-selling Harry Potter books that they are threatening to burn their Winnie the Pooh discount bookstore cards.

Protesting teachers -- about 40 signed a petition asking the school board to take its restrictions off the Harry Potter books -- also plan to attend Monday\'s Zeeland Board of Education meeting, hoping to get the board to take the clamps off the Harry Potter books. The novels by Scottish author J.K. Rowling feature Harry, a boy being trained at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his adventures in fantasy.Teachers think that a warning to parents and teachers against Harry Potter by the conservative Family Research Council, which polices literature and entertainment for breaches of morality, contributed to the concern about the book in Zeeland. The council\'s national distribution center is in Zeeland and the organization has strong financial support from West Michigan.
Based on the troublesome elements in the books, the council recommends that parents use extreme caution in introducing children to them. It also urges teachers to take seriously parental objections to their use in the classroom, the council said in a report, \"The Trouble with Harry.\"
Feenstra, however, said he was not aware the council had taken a position on the book.
Since its founding in 1847, Zeeland has had the reputation of being one of the most zealous Christian cities in the nation because of the influence of the Reformed Church, brought by immigrants from the Netherlands.

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