Pastor Believes Parents Who Let Their Kids Watch 'Harry Potter' Should 'Drown Themselves' (VIDEO)

pastor swansonEven parents who are super-cautious about the kind of media their kids are exposed to generally find the Harry Potter series to be pretty inoffensive -- but are they unwittingly introducing their children to a world of depravity and questionable morals? Of course not, but one Colorado pastor certainly seems to think so -- he even says parents would be better off drowning themselves than letting their kids be Potter fans. Huh?

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No, seriously. When Kevin Swanson of the Reformation Church in Elizabeth, Colorado, spoke at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, he in no way, shape, or form held back from vehemently expressing his utterly bizarre opinion on how J.K. Rowling's now-classic series is capable of corrupting our youth -- and how parents who buy into the Harry hype are pretty much deserving of death. And not only should Americans "repent of Harry Potter," but they should also be sure to "repent that Dumbledore emerged as a homosexual mentor" for Harry.

"It would be better that a millstone be hanged around [parents'] neck[s] and they be drowned at the bottom of the sea" than to let their kids watch Harry Potter, Swanson says, or to allow their little ones to be "in homes in which children are raised to be stumbled by the Dumbledores."

I'm not sure if this guy was accidentally watching a Harry Potter porn parody or what, but I think his concerns are a tad unfounded, don't you? Of course, even more alarming than his batsh*t misinterpretation of a popular children's book and movie series is the fact that his entire rant stems from a place of homophobic rage. 

How can this man truly believe that raising children to hate is better than raising children to love? How can this seemingly functional adult truly believe that a book about a kid wizard is in fact the tool of a sneaky, YA-loving devil? Oh, and for the record, this guy thinks Frozen -- yup, the Disney movie -- is another instrument of Satan capable of turning kids gay. So it's not just the hocus pocus stuff that freaks Swanson out.

To really understand how crazy this guy and his ideas about parenting are, though, you've got to see/hear him talk. Check it out:

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Scary. Somebody needs some anger management courses, and a reality check, and -- oh, hell, so many other things I can't even count. This man is profoundly disturbed, and I can only pray to a Harry Potter–loving God that there aren't parents out there who actually buy what he's selling, because that would be tragic. (Even so, I wouldn't suggest that those parents drown themselves. Because that's CRAZY. But still.)

 

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