October 06, 2005
Some of the favorite memories I have in my life is reading Harry Potter books to Quinton when he was six years old. It was a ritual. We ate supper, cleaned up the dirty dishes and sat at the dining room table while I read to him. He hung on every word.
What Quinton didn't realize at the time was... I hung on every word, too. I was AMAZED at how good those books were. They entertained children and fascinated adults at the same time. I remember Quinton saying many a time, "Don't stop NOW, Daddy! It's just getting really GOOD."
I didn't want to stop. But there was a bath to take, teeth to brush and a bedtime to make for catching the school bus in the morning. "We'll pick up where we left off tomorrow," I always said. And we did. And I was just as anxious to find out what happened next as Quinton was.
Now some goofy bastard is telling 12 year-olds that Harry Potter is gay. Of course, he's a priest--- don't even get me started on that subject, but I DEFINITELY believe that the prick needs to be dragged off and shot.
"As for Harry Potter, well, he's not the only gay in the village," Taylor told children at Penair School in Truro, southwest England, referring to a catchphrase from the popular British comedy TV show "Little Britain."
He also said villains in Rowling's blockbuster series were "wimps" and called TV "crap" compared to books.
I'll agree with the TV being crap comment, but WTF was this idiot thinking? He's decided that Harry Potter is gay and he feels compelled to preach that gospel to 12 year-old children? Man--- that's one hell of a quest in life for a priest.
I believe that the Harry Potter books are well-written on MANY different levels and they have inspired children to read when they wouldn't have done so otherwise. I damn sure call them a blessing rather than a curse.
And any dottering old fool who finds homosexuality in those tales should be defrocked and THEN dragged off and shot. Do ya reckon it might be a case of professional jealousy?
Well, he might be a priest, but he ain't Catholic. . He is, however,one weird dude.
Before reading the above link I just reckoned that Graham was just an idiot wanker, but he's gone up to the level of 'seriously fu*king weird and possibly in need of help' after reading this:
'During all of this time, Graham ignored repeated callings from the voice. One day, he hoped to quiet it a little by enrolling in theological college while still working full time as a police officer.'
But then again, maybe it was just 'the voice' telling him that HP is gay...?
Whatever, he's a tosser of the highest level.
Friggin' idiot. They're great books.
This is a case of cultural misunderstanding. He was simply saying, rather clumsily, that there are other fantasy novels out there besides HP... If he were Australian, he might have said "he's not the only shrimp on the barbie."
I agree completely with HP being a blessing to children. The only problem I have with them is the way that anything english in the book is turned to the American equivalent, ie jumper being turned into sweater, crumpet into english muffin. But then that's just me being picky.
You know, they're doing this thing over here in England where they're trying to put a copy of Bill Bryson's 'A brief history of nearly everything' in every classroom of the UK?
Having read it about 4 times, I think it's one of the best ideas I've heard all year.
Well if there's such a thing as a subject matter expert on sucking cock and molesting children, it'd be a Priest.
No surprise there.
Botec - There are plenty of other analogies in the English language and plenty of other shows over here that he could have quoted. 'Not the only shrimp on the barbie' would have been understood - why didn't he use that instead of implying the HP was gay and making other aside comments about the stories?
Is this guy reading the same Harry potter books that I am? IN the latest book Harry spends a lot of time "snogging" with the red-headed Ginny Weasley. A couple books before that he was hot for Cho Chang. Harry Potter isn't gay. Ron is just his best friend. NAMBLA was spreading around the rumour a few years ago that Harry was gay. pisses me off.
Incidentally, I am 32, married and have no kids and I read the potter books. I went out and bought the last one in hardcover. They aren't as good as Tolkien, but they are very good.
Yeah, alot of little boys want to be just like Harry Potter. Would be in his favor to say that he's gay; trying to recultivate the dwindling altar boy populace.
Another view on his talk
The "gay" reference is a catch phrase from a TV comedy show, I doubt whether there was a serious attempt to describe HP as gay, more an attempt get children reading other books, obviously including the priests own
I never would have pegged you for a Harry Potter fan..but I agree with you. Writing with the degree of detail that JK Rowling has...is a goal. Each word has a purpose..unlike other long winded writers such as Stephen King...(Did you read the Dark Tower Series? I was so disappointed in some of the last ones..)
I argued vociferously with the principal of the middle school here about whether or not they should be banned because they were teaching witchcraft. I won..much with the same argument you use here...that they are fascinating for all ages and inspire children to read. I had one that would not read before then...he didn't carry on with them..but he still reads..that was what broke the barrier for him.
And Harry Potter and gayness in the same sentence is just ludicrous.
Anyway..blah, blah, blah...good post!
There is a popular comedy show currently on British television called "Little Britain". One of the regularly appearing characters on the show is a fellow called "Daffyd Thomas" played by comedian Matt Lucas.
The shtick is that flamboyantly (and I mean flaming) gay Daffyd believes he is "the only gay in the village" and expects everyone to be offended by his outrageously overt homosexual behavior. Unfortunately for Daffyd everyone he encounters in his village are either nonplussed and supportive or homosexual themselves. The phrase "Not the only gay in the village" is the tagline at the end of each skit.
This show is very popular with British youth and the Reverend/Author was simply trying to be hip with the kids. He was NOT calling Harry Potter gay. This is a manufactured scandal, and I'm positive that the supposed outrage is manufactured and fake as well, that tagline is so popular in England it's impossible for me to believe that the teachers did not realize what he was referring to.
If you want to see a small bio on the character see;
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Good grief. I lived in Truro for a year back a few years before moving to the states and I'm glad I never came into contact with that weirdo! (I did spend alot of time chasing nurses though; there was a large school of nursing in town! :-)