There’s this guy who comes through my line at work who has a Padawan braid. The first time I saw him, I said, “Hey, you have a Padawan braid!”
He said, “No, it’s…well…” and shrugged and kind of nodded. I grinned and said, “I’m going to call you ‘Padawan’.” He kind of rolled his eyes and smiled. And I do, every night.
So the other night, Padawan was in my line, and he sneezed, and I said, “Oh, may the Force be with you!” in this really concerned voice. He did the same rolling eyes and smiling thing. Hahaha.
So this random occurrence pissed me off. I was reading Sandman, and there was this one part where these Bacchante things came out (I guess they’re witches?) and they made the strangest calls: “Euan, euan, eu-oi-oi-oi!” That’s the sort of thing that sticks in your mind if you read it once and then see it again, because it’s so odd. I remembered having read it before, more than once, and more recently, within the past couple of years. I did a search for it, because I knew some text would have to come up.
It’s from Prince Caspian. And suddenly I did remember reading it. But all the sites I found listing it (and you can try it yourself, just the same way I did) were from Christians who were telling people not to let their children read The Chronicles of Narnia because it would turn them into witches–because of this one scene. Oh, I was furious. They were calling C. S. Lewis a Pagan and all sorts of shit.
I am not religiously intolerant. It wouldn’t matter to me what C. S. Lewis was, I’d still read the books, but that is not the point. The point is all these morons who refuse to look at anything that isn’t directly related to God or may have something in it that they don’t approve of, for really asinine reasons. (“This is why I don’t go to church!” I told my mom later. “This is why there are so many stupid Christians!”)
For the record, C. S. Lewis was a once-atheist who set out to disprove Christianity and ended up becoming so convinced by it that he converted. He was definitely a Christian, and he chose to use Greek elements in his books because they are interesting and because it was a fucking story.
The scene in question, by the way, has these witches worshipping Aslan. I believe the point, as it is Christian allegory, is that even the witches cannot ignore God’s presence. It’s supposed to be a happy occasion. Again, all of this from a Christian perspective, and I realize a lot of you don’t care. Stay with me; I haven’t yet gotten to what really pissed me off.
Here is one example of one of the sites that I found. See all of those “[emphasis added]”s? Remember those.
Then I saw, on the list of search results, J. K. Rowling’s name. (And I just searched for it again and suddenly can’t find it, unfortunately.) I clicked it. It was this Christian message board with HP-bashers, one of which had posted an extremely long message explaining how HP is real witchcraft and that their children should not read it. They had a passage supposedly quoted from the book. The passage was the exact same one from Prince Caspian, but the names were changed to Dumbledore, Harry, etc.
I was furious. I can’t believe the depths people will go to to brainwash each other. I really wanted to respond, but the message was from 2001. Somebody responded saying that they read HP, and they didn’t want to call the person a liar, but they didn’t recall the passage from the book, and could that person post page numbers? The other person, of course, never responded, but I so wanted to reply, “I’ll call you a liar, and here are the page numbers from PRINCE CASPIAN, where you stole the passage!”
I’ve calmed down a bit since then; otherwise this would be a lot more heated. I just wanted to share.