Harry Potter and the Elders of Zion

Perhaps that is the name for the next tome in the Harry Potter series. But only if J.K. Rowling will issue franchises to the Islamic Republic of Iran. From the MEMRI Blog:

In an article, the Iranian daily Kayhan, which is identified with Iranian Supreme Leader ‘Ali Khamenei, criticized Iran’s Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry for approving the distribution of the new book in the “Harry Potter” series.

The paper said that “Harry Potter” was a Zionist project in which billions of dollars had been invested in order to disrupt the minds of young people

I’m not sure I know what a “Zionist project” might be. A new condo in Tel Aviv? I am pretty sure what the intent of the Iranian Supreme Leader is (is that Supreme Unleaded? Probably so; just asking…).

It’s the Jews, don’t you see; the Jews who are behind this plot to corrupt our innocent youth. Unfortunately, the Iranians sound just like some of our Christian fundies, who see the abomination of witchcraft as punishable by death (Exodus 22:18).

Of course, one must wonder how the Islamic fundies in Iran can square the circle of knowing that it was the Jews who gave us the Torah in the first place? But then, this cherry-picking from Exodus is just one example of how one can’t just take the literal text and apply it directly. A little midrash, professor, if you please, before we put out a fatwa on the life of J.K. Rowling.

And one more stupid question: just how long are we going to treat the Iranian leaders as anything but the nut jobs they are? Pity the Iranian people, and pray that they find the gumption to have a revolution in favor of human rights.

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