She vows to continue her crusade against Harry Potter.
The hearing Tuesday provided Mallory more time to make her case than any of the previous hearings she has attended to present her arguments against the Potter books. She argued her case herself, without a lawyer at her side.
Mallory restated many of her previous complaints about the Harry Potter series. She argued the books lure children into practicing witchcraft. Mallory said the school board’s decision to offer the books in taxpayer-funded libraries violates the U.S. Constitution because, she claims, they promote the Wiccan religion. Mallory also argued the books are too violent for children.
Mallory has acknowledged that she hasn’t read any of the Harry Potter books in their entirety, but Tuesday she recited excerpts of at least three of the books to illustrate her points.
Mallory, sometimes breaking into tears, read testimony from a teenager who said reading the books led her to contemplate suicide. Quoting a counselor who testified at a previous hearing, Mallory said the Potter movies and books led one boy into high-risk behaviors, such as dangerous motorcycle stunts and bungee jumping.
“I have a dream that God will be welcomed back into our schools,” Mallory said.
Maybe some of the Republican legislators who read this blog will take on your cause, Ms. Mallory.