The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the United State's highest civilian honor, given to scientists, artists, and humanitarians alike. Now a new book claims the Bush administration blocked JK Rowling from receiving the honor because of her series' occult content.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed on individuals of any nationality who are deemed to have contributed to US interests, world peace, or any cultural or social advancement. During his tenure, President George W. Bush awarded 81 such medals. But in his new book, Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer reveals that JK Rowling, whose Harry Potter series has been devoured by children worldwide, was suggested as a medal recipient, but tossed out because of the magical content of her books:
This was the same sort of narrow thinking that led people in the White House to actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged withcraft.
Barack Obama is an avowed Potter fan, having read the books with his daughters, and it'll be interesting to see if this news prompts him to consider Rowling for the medal himself.