Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Arkansas: First Amendment Rights, Reading Practices, and Moral Injury
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This work is an attempt to use the concepts of moral injury and reading practices to complicate the common debate between freedom of speech and freedom of religion as it is framed in the Counts v. Cedarville School District court case. In understanding these often overlooked issues, the central motives behind restricting access to the Harry Potter series are revealed as well as the lack of appropriate language with which to discuss these problems in a legal manner. Thus, an awareness and comprehension of moral injury and various types of reading practices are required if religious dilemmas are to ever be accurately discussed in the court.