A group of priests burned books from the “Harry Potter” series along with other items after the objects’ owners said the objects have evil forces. The AP reports that the burning was conducted by a Catholic parish in northern Poland.
“Images from the burning at Gdansk’s Mother of Church parish on Sunday were posted on Facebook by Catholic foundation SMS z Nieba (SMS from Heaven), which uses unconventional means to carry out its religious work,” the AP reports. “In the pictures, flames are consuming an African wooden mask, a small Buddhist figure, figurines of elephants and books on personality and magic, as well as those by J.K. Rowling.”
The objects were all brought in by parishioners after they were encouraged by the priests to rid their homes of objects containing evil forces.
“Influential in Poland, the Catholic Church objects to ‘Harry Potter’ books, which are international best-sellers, saying they promote sorcery,” the report notes, adding: “The foundation said the book burning was intended to alert parishioners to bad influences that it says come from magic and the occult.”
The AP adds: “Many comments under the Facebook postings condemned the book burning, recalling that also happened in Nazi Germany before World War II. Some said this taught hatred and asked if the next in line for burning were witches, like in the Middle Ages.”