OK, I like a news story about a good book burning as much as the next guy (it's reignited a story idea I've been hashing out, too), but when the leader of the festivities presides over the "International House of Prayer," could it all be just a joke? Let's hope:
'It is allowed for Harry Potter to be taught in our schools, but not the Bible,' International House of Prayer pastor James Crawford said during the Shreveport Regional Unity of Faith Revival.Does this loon actually think that the Potter books are taught in school as anything other than fiction and/or literature? They can use the Bible the same way, you know. They just can't teach that it's true . . . just like the Potter books (or The Grapes of Wrath or King Lear, for that matter!).
That is one reason pastors from several denominations and races ripped pages from 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.' Those and pages from a pornographic magazine were put into a burn pit and set afire as praises bellowed from the congregation.
But, again, I suspect this might be some sort of performance art piece, when things like this get written:
The book burning and revival also marked the meeting of a diverse group of ministers, including Elliot McPhatter, of Total Deliverance Church, Young Doo Kim, of the Shreveport-Bossier Presbyterian Church, and John Valdez, of Bossier City Four Square Church.Wow, four different fundy ministers, that's quite diverse! Reminds me of the line from The Blues Brothers:
Elwood: What kind of music do you usually have here?If I laugh, it's not so frightening that this sort of thing is happening in the 21st Century.
Claire: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.
UPDATE: Check out the comments to the linked article about this event. Some of the participants and Rev. IHOP himself show up. It's surreal.