Anti-Black Magic Salvation Army-Canada Says No Thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight Toys
December 10, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)—The Salvation Army in Calgary AB, Canada does not want its Christmas gift bags distributed to needy families this holiday season, filled with non-Christian toys and books. What is a non-Christian toy? Anything promoting witchcraft and black magic apparently. And that means no Harry Potter-themed toys or items promoting the popular Twilight movies and books that feature vampires and werewolves.
The mission statement of the long-standing charity is based on evangelical Christian principles. “The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world, reads the statement.
Capt. Pam Goodyear of the Calgary Salvation Army attributes the rejection of Harry Potter and Twilight toys to the organization’s evangelicalism, and to complaints made by some parents.
“There are just certain items that parents have asked not be included in the gift bags,” said Capt. Pam Goodyear.
“Items that have come to my attention include the Twilight series and we also don’t give out toy guns. [...]
Goodyear says the policy is not so much a ban, as it is adhering to its Christian mission.
“The Salvation Army doesn’t support witchcraft, witchery and black magic,” she said.
“That’s not a ban, it’s our stand.”
But, c’mon, Harry Potter?