Ted Baehr, Harry Potter, And “Bad People”

Note: The following is from an article written in 2007 that I found today. (August 14th.)

Watching 6- and 7-year-old children walk out of the press screening for the new “Harry Potter” movie (as well as the many reviewers and others with witchcraft symbols on their clothes and S&M dresses) is always an opportunity to reflect on the malignant corruption of our culture. Aside from the fact that these children are exposed to ugly creatures, fantastic violence and worthless incantations, this movie has some dialogue that sounds like it comes out of Stuart Smalley’s Daily Affirmations on “Saturday Night Live.”

Namely, when professor Dumbledore sits Harry down and tells him, “You are not a bad person. Every person has light and darkness. You have a choice.”

Imagine saying this to Cho Seung-Hui after he had his killing spree at Virginia Tech this spring. Or Adolf Hitler.

Contrary to Dumbledore’s idiotic aphorisms, there are bad people.

…“you are really a good person” has caused a whole generation to be spoiled beyond comprehension.

~Excerpts from Potter’s kids: Narcissistic, spoiled brats, by Ted Baehr

My thoughts:

Didn’t Adolf Hitler put people into groups of “Good people” and “Bad People,” just like you are doing, Ted Baehr?

Also: The Bible makes it clear that people are inherently good (and that not everyone who believes in God will attain salvation):

God saw all He had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart… (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 7:21)

So, Ted Baehr: There are people who do evil acts. But: No person is inherently evil, or beyond redemption. People like Adolf Hitler and Cho Seung-Hui freely chose to commit evil acts — they weren’t “born that way.”

To Ted Baehr, it seems as if there is no hope of redemption for anyone who has committed evil acts. He must not have read “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” (Luke 15:11 — 32)

Imagine if after Darth Vader threw the Emperor down a reactor shaft, Luke said to him “You’re still just a bad person,” and then left him to die alone on the Death Star. After all, according to Ted Baehr “…there are bad people,” and so Luke’s efforts to bring out the good in Vader would be ultimately pointless because “bad” is just who Vader is.


On another note:

I wonder what Ted Baehr would think of Kiki’s Delivery Service.


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