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The White Witch's New Friend
Friday, March 03, 2006

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Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - The White Witch's New Friend

Guess who doesn’t want kids to read the Narnia books?

Hi, this is Dave Zanotti. We’ll uncover the White Witch’s new best friends, today on TPS.

Barry Lynn, of the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is upset about Narnia. It seems that Florida Governor Jeb Bush has encouraged kids in public schools to read the CS Lewis classic and that has got Mr. Lynn upset.

Of course Mr. Lynn gets upset about the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. He thinks requiring kids to recite the Declaration of Independence in public schools is “highly controversial.” So you are probably not surprised to discover that Mr. Lynn and the radical separationist crowd is really honked-off about the Governor encouraging kids in public schools to read about Narnia.

How ironic that Mr. Lynn and his ACLU-type allies are so ready to censor the Pledge, The Declaration, and even a child’s fairy like Narnia.

I thought these people stood for freedom and liberty and hated censorship. I thought they were against legislating morality and cramming agenda’s down people’s throats. Aren’t these people supposed to be for freedom of speech? Or is it just speech that they approve?

Truth is—the White Witch has lots of friends in America today. Friends who want it to be always winter but never Christmas. 

Mr. Lynn and his friends have every right to their agenda. They have every right to try to persuade the rest of us to exchange real freedom for the frozen winter of political thought control. This is still a relatively free country—and they have their right to make their case.

But you have the right to turn down their Turkish delight, and stand for freedom, especially for your children and grandchildren. So if you haven’t seen the Narnia movie yet, please take a look—better yet, buy the books and read them. If you have kids or grandkids, read them out loud—while you still have the freedom to do so.  

The White Witch's New Friend - March 2nd, 2005

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