Thursday, 1 October 2009

No Freedom for Rowling

Another former Bush Administration staffer seems to have "gone rogue" on his former Commander and Chief, in yet another release of a tell all book. Former speech writer, Matt Latimer in his book "Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor" makes many interesting revelations. However whilst these are not shocking there are one or two things he notes that would certainly raise an eyebrow and possibly a chuckle.

One such revelation is that Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling was in consideration for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award that acknowledges contributions to US national interest, world peace or cultural endeavours. Past recipients include Dr Benjamin Carson Sr, pediatric neurosurgeon, and Rep. Tom Lantos, D-California (born in Hungary), who was the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress. Rowling however failed to win the prestigious award because some members of the administration believed that through her books, she promoted the practice of sorcery.

Now when you consider that Rowling went from an unknown author to one of the richest women in the world and is a genuine philanthropist, the US government would want to celebrate what they should have realised was the epitome of the American dream - even though she is not American. Instead they pander to a few narrow minded politicians and constituents whose thinking never made it past the seventeenth century. Yet they advocated the curtailing of their citizens' rights, urinated on their own constitution from a great height, and carried out acts of brutality and torture on sovereign lands.

Give me sorcery any day.

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