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America’s most banned book
Posted: 02 October 2009 01:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Authors, artists and musicians are due to gather at a library in San Francisco to protest against the banning of books in schools and libraries in the US.

The event, part of the 27th annual Banned Books Week, has been organised by the American Library Association.

Since 2001 bans on 3,736 books and other materials have been requested.

In recent years, And Tango Makes Three - based on a true story and centring on gay penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo - has had the most ban requests.

The book’s authors are Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.

In a statement to the BBC on Friday, Mr Richardson said: “It’s regrettable that some parents believe reading a true story about two male penguins hatching an egg will damage their children’s moral development.

“They are entitled to express their beliefs, but not to inflict them on others.”

Reasons given by organisations and individuals for their requests to get it removed from public shelves, include “anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group”.

Other works featuring in the most-challenged books list for 2008 include Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner.

Parents’ concern

Pullman told Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he was glad to be on the list.

However he added: “Of course it’s a worry when anybody takes it upon themselves to dictate what people should or should not read.”

The association said the aim of the annual awareness week, which ends on Saturday, is to remind US citizens not to take their freedom for granted.

Among those at the San Francisco Public Library event will be authors and musicians Ben Fong-Torres, Richie Unterberger and Roy Zimmerman.

They plan to stage a number of performances and defend controversial books.

In 2008 the American Library Association recorded 517 ban and restriction requests. Seventy-four were successful.

The organisation recorded that the most common reason given was that contents were too “sexually explicit”.

Other classic literature subjected to complaints include JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling also feature on the list.

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Harry Potter author JK Rowling missed out on the Presidential Medal of Freedom because some US politicians believed she “encouraged witchcraft”.

Source: BBC News

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Posted: 02 October 2009 05:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yeah, the heck of it is that the people insisting on the bannings make themselves look like total doofuses by missing the points of the books.

For example, they always howl that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is racist, when the book is pretty much used AGAINST racism.

And the JKR witchcraft thing is stupid. As pointed out, if every book with references to witches and the like were taken out we wouldn’t have Macbeth, The Wizard of Oz, or most fairy tales. Plus when people makes complaints like “it features Satanic stuff like raising the dead!” it sort of falls flat since the series makes it clear that magic like raising the dead is either impossible or clearly evil.

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Posted: 02 October 2009 05:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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C. S. Lewis has been blamed for promoting the same sort of thing.
Who wants to be the first to pick up on why this is especially deluded?
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Posted: 02 October 2009 05:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Mainly because the Chronicles of Narnia is about the most christian-themed book you can get your hands on?

If they wanna go ahead and ban the Twilight books, I’ll help out, bring a can of gas to the bonfire, etc.

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Posted: 02 October 2009 06:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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ZeldaQueen - 02 October 2009 09:05 PM

Plus when people makes complaints like “it features Satanic stuff like raising the dead!” it sort of falls flat since the series makes it clear that magic like raising the dead is either impossible or clearly evil.

Quick, let’s ban that book full of all sorts of sin, the Bible!

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Posted: 02 October 2009 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Accipiter - 02 October 2009 10:56 PM
ZeldaQueen - 02 October 2009 09:05 PM

Plus when people makes complaints like “it features Satanic stuff like raising the dead!” it sort of falls flat since the series makes it clear that magic like raising the dead is either impossible or clearly evil.

Quick, let’s ban that book full of all sorts of sin, the Bible!

Well that’s the heck of it! People argue that Christian works (fantasy ones, like Lord of the Rings or Narnia) use magic and such things, but arguers against HP insist that [snarky voice]“Harry Potter actually gives instructions on how to perform magic, so that makes it worse![/snarky voice]. Right. Just as soon as I find a phoneix tail to finish my wand I’ll be off working all sorts of mischief. :stare:

C. S. Lewis has been blamed for promoting the same sort of thing.
Who wants to be the first to pick up on why this is especially deluded?
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When Jack Chick first released his “Dark Dungeons” tract, he had a thing at the end advising people that the works of C.S. Lewis and Tolkein were both also Satanic and were to be avoided. I think it’s because both men were Catholic (well Lewis belonged to the Church of England, but that’s Catholic and Reformed) and Chick apparently believes that Catholicism created Communism, Islam, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, was secretly responsible for the Holocaust, and that the Vatican has a huge computer with the names of every Christian in it. rolleyes

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Posted: 04 October 2009 06:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I wonder what is “anti-ethnic” about gay Penguins?

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Posted: 04 October 2009 11:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Penguins are a black and white thing.

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Posted: 04 October 2009 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Because I am involved in Church, and therefore surrounded by other Christians…I have often heard comments regarding movies, books, or TV shows that should be avodied b/c of evil themes.  I simply remind them of the verse that evil will sneak up on you…so it’s best to check out all the really evil stuff so you can recognize it COMING!!!

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Posted: 04 October 2009 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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The most funny thing is that in the bible, there are more killings in the name of god then that in the name of the devil.

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Posted: 04 October 2009 04:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Maegan - 04 October 2009 05:11 PM

Because I am involved in Church, and therefore surrounded by other Christians…I have often heard comments regarding movies, books, or TV shows that should be avodied b/c of evil themes.  I simply remind them of the verse that evil will sneak up on you…so it’s best to check out all the really evil stuff so you can recognize it COMING!!!

LOL  LOL

That’s kinda the way i look at it too! wink  Besides, the most innocuous things can be used for evil, if’n one has the inclination.  I figure things, by themselves, are (for the most part) good/evil neutral.  It is what we do with/to them that determines their level of evil….. cool grin

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Posted: 04 October 2009 09:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Ares - 04 October 2009 07:28 PM

The most funny thing is that in the bible, there are more killings in the name of god then that in the name of the devil.

The devil’s a sneaky bugger. wink

Actually, you don’t really hear him doing much himself. Isn’t it usually demons or minions who carry out his will? In which case, isn’t it them people should concentrate on worrying about?

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