Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Book Burning in Koszalin, Poland

Catholic priests in northern Poland have burned books they consider to be sacrilegious – including ones from the Harry Potter boy wizard series. 

A Catholic evangelical group Fundacja SMS Z NIEBA (SMS from Heaven Foundation) set up to spread the Christian message via mobile phone texts, had published pictures of the burning – which took place in the city of Koszalin – on Facebook on Sunday. 

They also show an elephant figurine and a tribal mask burning on the book pile. 

The Facebook post justifies the bonfire with Bible quotes condemning magic. 

A passage from Acts, quoted in the group's post, says "many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be fifty thousand pieces of silver". 

Another passage, from Deuteronomy, says: "Burn the images of their gods. Don't desire the silver or the gold that is on them and take it for yourself, or you will be trapped by it. That is detestable to the Lord your God". 

JK Rowling's Harry Potter books are reckoned to be the most popular fiction works in publishing history – more than 500 million copies have been sold worldwide. 

But they have sometimes drawn criticism from religious and conservative circles because of their focus on witchcraft. 

I think God is even more wrathful of Poland’s Roman Catholic church which has been struggling to deal with the fallout of revelations about paedophilia among its clergy that is unprecedented in this overwhelmingly Catholic country. 

Last month the Church released a report documenting sexual abuse of children by nearly 400 Polish priests between 1990 and 2018. 

Maybe, these “men of God” should be burned instead of the books and artefacts.

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