Aidan: Are we going to go to the Hunger Games movie?Moral of the story: Conservative Christians are clueless and the Beck family is going to hell because we like both the Hunger Games and Harry Potter.
Me: Yeah, everyone in the family has read the books and the reviews look good. I think we'll all go.
Aidan: You know what's weird?
Aidan: Bill [not his real name] in my class said that his parents won't let him read Harry Potter or go to the Harry Potter movies but that he's allowed to read and go to the Hunger Games. Because they are Christians. Why is that?
Me: Well, some Christians feel pretty strongly that things promoting witchcraft and sorcery are sinful.
Aidan: But the Hunger Games is all about making a tournament where kids kill each other. Isn't that sinful?
Me: Yes, yes it is.
Aidan: So what's the difference?
Me: Good question. Well, Christians, at least American Christians, are okay with murder but really, really scared of magic.
(Aidan ponders this as I ponder the fact that murder is real and that the Cruciatus Curse and Hogwarts are fake.)
Aidan: I don't get it.
Me: Neither do I, son, neither do I.
We sin boldly when it comes to youth fiction.