A group of Catholic priests in Poland torched books deemed sacrilegious, including a copy of one of J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter novels in a ceremony that was documented and posted on Facebook.
Three clergy members in the northern city of Koszalin burned a basket full of assorted paperbacks and other items — including a Hello Kitty umbrella — in the ceremony that was posted Sunday by the Catholic evangelical foundation SMS from Heaven, according to The Guardian.
The priests are pictured, along with several young children, surrounding the fire pit with the objects set to be burned.
Some Facebook commenters lashed out against the act.
“How ignorant! I do feel so sorry for the children who are exposed to this incredible ignorance and wickedness and stupidity! That is psychological child abuse,” said one Facebook user.
Harry Potter has been targeted before by religious fanatics who believe the series promotes sorcery, according to the Guardian.
A number of Russian government agencies in 2016 promoted a cartoon film, Kids Against The Sorcerers, where Harry Potter and Nato backed a plot to corrupt the country’s schoolchildren, the site reported.