Jun. 8th, 2006 01:14 am
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This is going to sound all pissed off, probably because I am. Just a forewarning.

Why do people challenge/censor/burn books? If you dont like it DONT READ IT! Knowledge should be available to everyone, and people should know themsleves enough to know what will offend them. If you think it will offend you, dont buy it, borrow it, or even pick it up. I might want to read it, so dont try to ban it. If you do try to Ill read it anyway. Why? Because I dont give a fuck whether or not it stings your delicate sensibilities. In this country we have freedom of speech, yes? In every aspect of expression we have that freedom. I am certainly not going to try to repress someone elses opinion. Whether I like it, or whether I dont, its not mine to edit.

Now, if you, like me, hate censorship there are ways to combat it. I for one concentrate on book bannings and challenges. The American Library Association celebrates Banned Book Week annually during the last week of September. (I tend to celebrate it every day. :P) I know its early and all, but go read a banned book. You might be suprised who gets on the list...

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”—Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821); (German: “"Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”)

Date: 2006-06-08 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaycoffee.livejournal.com
Word and AMEN! *lots of nodding*

Date: 2006-06-08 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] munin-and-hugin.livejournal.com
Banning or challenging of books irritates the crap out of me. But the burning of books(and yes, it does still happen) makes me even madder. Its a sign of ignorance, and ignorance is not bliss in this case. Lucky for me I should have a more active roll in fighting censorship. Im going to be a Librarian. :D

And hey! You can, too. Teach the kiddies about real life and some of their parents might get mad at you. But at least your students will learn something about life they might not have for a long time.

Peeee Esssss: JK Rowling is one of the top most banned authors in the US, and the Harry Potter books are some of the ones getting detroyed in public gatherings. SICK I SAY! Ssssssick.

"The popular Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling has occasioned numerous public acts of destruction on the grounds that the books promote witchcraft, sorcery, and Satanism. The American Library Association reported that since 1999, of the hundreds of challenges to remove books from library shelves, Harry Potter tops the list. In Alamogordo, New Mexico, a local church staged a ceremonial “Holy Bonfire” to destroy the Harry Potter books and symbols of witchcraft. Announced in advance, the nighttime event attracted worldwide media attention. Protestors against the book burning carried symbols of Nazism. Scores of letters to newspapers invoked the “infamous Burning of the Books,” Fahrenheit 451, the Taliban, and the “memory of Adolf Hitler.” A protestor dressed as Hitler recalled childhood memories of McCarthyism, censorship, and persecution. " - http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/bookburning/symbol.php


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