Watchful Dragons

C.S. Lewis once wrote that in his fiction, he was "sneaking the gospel past watchful dragons." Perhaps he had Rev. Barry Lynn in mind.

Lynn's group, Americans United for the Seperation of Church and State, wants the state of Florida to drop C.S. Lewis'sThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from a school reading contest, charging that the book's religious themes violate the constitution.

This year, Lynn wants students to have an alternate book, instead of Lewis's book. In the future, he asks that only "nonreligious books" be used for contests.

Lynn is treading a dangerous road here. In essense, his argument is that books with religious theme books are inappropriate for schools. So should Harry Potter be banned--it's got religious themes. Shakespeare had religious. Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter are out too. Take his argument far enough, and President Lincoln's speeches, and the Declaration of Independence (it mentions a creator.)


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