JK Rowling angers US Christian evangelicals for outing Dumbledore as gay

November 14th, 2007 - 3:01 am ICT by admin  
The much-loved author has become a hate figure to Christian evangelicals in the US since she revealed to a New York audience that the head of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizadry was a homosexual.

The author has been severely panned talk shows, web-sites, and newspaper letter columns.

“It’s very disappointing that the author would have to make one of the characters gay. It’s not a good example for our children, who really like the books and the movies. I think it encourages homosexuality,” the Daily Mail quoted Roberta Combs, president of the two million strong Christian Coalition of America, as saying.

“I would never allow my own children or grandchildren to read the books or watch the movies, and other parents should do so too,” she added.

Jack M. Roper on television evangelist Pat Robertson’s CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) which called for a ban on Rowling’s book, yesterday said: “Harry Potter, an orphaned witch, is one hero who has captured the innocent heart of many children.”

“When such a hero uses evil as a problem solving tool, we need to be warned. Over time the child can become adapted to the dark world of witchcraft and not even know that it is dangerous.

“As a cult researcher for many years, I have seen contemporary witchcraft packaged in many seductive forms, and Harry Potter is the best. Potter makes spiritualism and witchcraft look wonderful,” he added.

The shocking revelation came during a question and answer session at Carnegie Hall, where Rowling was asked: “Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?”

She answered: “My truthful answer to you… I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.”

And afterwards she added: “I know that it was a positive thing that I said it, for at least one person, because one man ‘came out’ at Carnegie Hall. I’m not kidding.” (ANI)

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