James Dobson's Correction Regarding Harry Potter

24 July 2007

Dobson sets the record straight here:

Dr. James Dobson wants all friends of Focus on the Family to know about an error involving him that appeared on Page 1 of Wednesday's Washington Post. In a story about Christians' views on the Harry Potter books and films, reporter Jacqueline Salmon wrote that "Christian parenting guru James Dobson has praised the Potter books."

This is the exact opposite of Dr. Dobson's opinion — in fact, he said a few years ago on his daily radio broadcast that "We have spoken out strongly against all of the Harry Potter products." His rationale for that statement: Magical characters — witches, wizards, ghosts, goblins, werewolves, poltergeists and so on — fill the Harry Potter stories, and given the trend toward witchcraft and New Age ideology in the larger culture, it's difficult to ignore the effects such stories (albeit imaginary) might have on young, impressionable minds.

Ms. Salmon has not only acknowledged, but apologized for, the mistake and has promised the Post will correct it Friday. It seems she simply repeated misinformation that appeared in a less high-profile publication; she acknowledged she should have contacted us directly to make sure the assertion was true — and we appreciate her humility and professionalism in saying so.

The correction will also be offered to papers that subscribe to the Post's wire service and which may have also published the piece.

Dr. Dobson and the entire Focus family thank you for your continued interest in and support of our ministry.

All of these magical creatures are apparently too much for an impressionable mind to handle. Instead of reading about witches, giants, talking snakes, and a fictional boy who can magically heal wounds, they'd be better off reading about witches, giants, talking snakes, and a man who can magically heal wounds.

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