"I have to uphold my Christian values in my private and my public life," Grant told London's Daily Telegraph. "The Bible is quite clear: Avoid that which even appears evil. It doesn't say avoid only that which is evil."
Meanwhile, Harry's American publisher is reportedly considering a lawsuit against Jews for Jesus for copyright and trademark infringement. "If you like Harry Potter, have we got a book for you" begins an organizational tract promoting the Bible. But Harry will have to wait in line: Curious George's publishers have already sued the messianic ministry for a similar stunt.
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Christianity Today sister publication Christian Parenting Today analyzed the series for everything Christian Parents need to know about the books.
Previous Christianity Today articles on the Harry Potter debate include:
The Perils of Harry Potter | Literary device or not, witchcraft is real—and dangerous. (Oct. 23, 2000)
Virtue on a Broomstick | The Harry Potter books, and the controversy surrounding them, bode well for the culture. (Sept. 7, 2000)
Opinion Roundup: Positive About Potter | Despite what you've heard, Christian leaders like the children's books. (Dec. 13, 1999)
Parents Push for Wizard-free Reading | Bestsellers now under fire in some classroom. (Dec. 13, 1999)
Why We Like Harry Potter | The series is a 'Book of Virtues' with a preadolescent funny bone. (Dec. 13, 1999)
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