Asshat Laura Mallory loses case to ban Harry Potter…

… but she’s not done with her fight yet:

Laura Mallory, who argued the popular fiction series is an attempt to indoctrinate children in witchcraft, said she still wants the best-selling books removed and may take her case to federal court.

“I maybe need a whole new case from the ground up,” Mallory said. The woman, who said two of her four children attend public schools in the county, was not represented by an attorney at the hearing.

The ruling by Superior Judge Ronnie Batchelor upheld a decision by the Georgia Board of Education, which had supported local school officials.

You may remember Ms. Mallory from an entry I wrote about her last year in which she tried to use school shootings to justify banning Harry Potter books and reintroduce the Bible into schools.

During her day in court she tried a new tack to try and convince the judge that Harry had to go. WARNING: Your sense of irony may be over exerted from reading the next two paragraphs:

At Tuesday’s hearing, Mallory argued in part that witchcraft is a religion practiced by some people and, therefore, the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

“I have a dream that God will be welcomed back in our schools again,” Mallory said. “I think we need him.”

OK, got that? She’s all for the separation of church and state when it would keep Harry out, but she’s hoping to get God back in presumably by bringing back compulsory Bible readings as she’s advocated in the past.

Personally I’d be happy to see Ms. Mallory attempt a federal lawsuit so she can waste more time and money being slapped down one more time. Perhaps she’ll take her case all the way to the Supreme Court for the ultimate smack down. Some people just seem to need to learn things the hard way…

24 thoughts on “Asshat Laura Mallory loses case to ban Harry Potter…

  1. I scoffed at your warning, Les.  And what happened?  My irony meter was pinned, a puff of smoke appeared, and now I need a new one.  Thanks a lot.

  2. How she is going to take this to a federal court is beyond me.  She doesn’t have anything that would make this a federal case.

    What a dumb bitch!  Good thing my Mom has more sense then her.  Could you imagine being her son or daughter?  **SHUTTER**

  3. Perhaps she’ll take her case all the way to the Supreme Court for the ultimate smack down. Some people just seem to need to learn things the hard way…

    Problem is, with the @$$hats that Bush and posse have put on the SCOTUS, she may find sympathetic ears there.  The wankers have no qualms about making the uterus the property of the Theocons; why should the product of the uterus be any different?  ‘Cuz of course we know that it’s not “judicial activism” if it’s reactionary and/or “business friendly”… 

    (Sorry—in the ranting zone today, for whatever reason…)

  4. Not to call him out, but maybe Consi could clarify:

    I am pretty sure it doesn’t matter if she has sympathetic ears because the case cannot be heard by the Supreme Court cause the Supreme Court can only hear federal cases, unless I am mistaken.  And federal courts wouldn’t have the jurisdiction to hear this case.

  5. How about: “Umm… Mom… Harry Potter books are actually well written, are a fantastic read, force readers to use a reasonably high reading level, and have gotten kids from all over the world to pick up books and read for the first time in their lives…”

  6. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Sorry need that- dumb bitch deserves it.  Perhaps we should rewritethe bible as a novel, using the literalist approach. That way we could show the God-blessed murders, rapes and genocides.

  7. Perhaps we should rewritethe bible as a novel, using the literalist approach.

    What’s this ‘we’ business, Kemo Sabe?

    YOU can re-writeThe Goat Herder’s Guide to the Galaxy and call it that – it WILL be a run-away best seller – you WILL make a zillion – you WILL have to ask Salman Rushdie for pointers in how to escape the ire of the zealots – what an exciting life you lead (leed and led both work LOL  ).

  8. Yay, one more cunt to laugh at as i take in adult swim and chat on imvu!  But yes, leave it to christianity to want to have all the pudding of freedom of religion but not with the meaty, raw part of having everyone get their fair share.

    I personally want the groups like the wiccans and others to pick up the pace and try and get enough political ground to rebuke these attacks on open ground.  if these fool words can be disbelieved by us as well as the world, the religious movements will lose that much more ground.

  9. I personally want the groups like the wiccans and others to pick up the pace and try and get enough political ground to rebuke these attacks on open ground

    I don’t want any religion to have any power. I would much rather that kids learn to think and question the world around them and not just say that this or that god did it. Now some theist or polytheists may say I do the same thing with science, but the key difference is that if a new study reveals unknown facts I will adapt my views.

  10. Thanks for pointing that out, Webs.  That actually makes me slightly relieved.  Not that the ‘tard wouldn’t try to find a way, and with the backing of a well-funded belief tank… 

    One cheering thought, though, is that her kids will grow up a lot in the time it takes to drag a case to the SCOTUS.  She can’t be in the courtroom and overprotecting them at the same time, after all.  So they might get a chance to think for themselves.  And I doubt they’ll appreciate her using them as an excuse for her bigotry.  So she’s probably damning herself to a lonely old age in some $#!+hole nursing home.  And good shuttance to her.

    (Ah, nothing like a little schadenfreude to sweeten my morning coffee…)

  11. Not that the ‘tard wouldn’t try to find a way, and with the backing of a well-funded belief tank…

    That’s one thing that worries me too.  Especially knowing that Bush has a couple appointees in the SCOTUS.  But what’s funny about politically appointed judges is that they have a way of not performing in the manner the politician expected.  I think Reagan, Clinton, and Bush have all been surprised at the performance of their appointed judges.

    So she’s probably damning herself to a lonely old age in some $#!+hole nursing home.

    Nothing like sweet justice for a righteous bitch!  grin

  12. I tell you one thing, I’m embarrased to say I even live in the same city as her.  Her and her ilk were also probably responsible for the violent protest of the Marilyn Manson concert I went to back in 97.  As was previously said, I also feel sorry for her kids.  They are either going to turn out severely mentally disturbed and end up i places like GA Regional or Charter…or *gasp* becomming the very thing she fears most…Wiccan just to rebel against her.  People like her are the reason people like me choose Buddhism.

  13. Wow. I don’t “mean to be mean” but… THAT’S COMPLETELY STUPID! She has no right to force others to not read Harry Potter books, when so many people love them! And she has to remember, not every kid reads the Bible, ‘cuz there are people from different religions! This pisses me off… angry

  14. The bible is an extremely inappropriate book for children in schools to read. Yahweh is a very evil villain who gives commands to give abortions by ripping pregnant women’s bellies open and killing children by dashing them to the ground. The evil villain Yahweh also sends bears to viciously rip apart 42 children because they taunted Elisha by calling him baldy. The bible also contains a story about a concubine who was gang raped to death. The bible is a filthy, evil book full of violence, killing and rape and has no place in our schools.

  15. OK, so on one hand, she’s saying that Harry Potter books violate “the seperation of church and state”, but then at the same time, she wants God welcomed back into our schools. Isn’t that kinda hypocritical? And harry_potter_luver_period, I totally agree with you. Not everyone is the same—some people don’t even believe in God! Is she trying to force her religion on people who don’t even follow it? That’s totally medieval.

  16. OK, so on one hand, she’s saying that Harry Potter books violate “the seperation of church and state”, but then at the same time, she wants God welcomed back into our schools. Isn’t that kinda hypocritical? And harry_potter_luver_period, I totally agree with you. Not everyone is the same—some people don’t even believe in God! Is she trying to force her religion on people who don’t even follow it? That’s totally medieval.

    Don’t think about it too much…. You’ll just make your brain hurt.  They want to protect their “religious freedom” by trampling on ours.  It always makes my head hurt the same way when I get a migraine, or watch a movie about time-travel.

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