Saturday, 28 September 2013

Banned Book Week 2013

Banning Books: 

Image courtesy of the American Library Organization:

I feel that banning books is the unsavory practice- not books that contain sexuality, religion/ magic- Why?
  • Books are meant to make you think
  • Books are meant to make you feel
  • Books are filled with the everything of life- Life is the good, the bad, the ugly. If you edit that out, what is left? Unicorns and rainbows?
  • Books are about expressing creativity. 
  • If you have a problem letting your child read a book, don't let them read it. BUt don't enforce it on others. Kids mature differently. Kids learn differently and how does it impede their learning in real life? Some of the themes may be picked up/ lerned from others as they progress through society. 
I have several favourite 'banned books. 
Margaret Atwood: A Handmaid's Tale- One of my favourite dystopian novels
Margaret Lawrence: The Stone Angel
To Kill a Mockingbird
JRR Tolkien Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit
JK Rowling: Harry Potter


I used to think censorship simply meant 'the suppressing or deleting [of] parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds,' as the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary puts it. But since reading Places I Never Meant to Be by Judy Blume (see #267), perhaps the most censored writer in the United States, I’ve come to agree with the definition she quotes from The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia: '[The] official restriction of any expression believed to threaten the political social, or moral order.' Here the idea of a threat to the status quo seems especially important in these perilous times.”—Pat Holt, Holt Uncensored #272

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Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”—UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights* * * * * * * * * *I am really mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, a fact like this [i.e., the purchase of an apparent geological or astronomical work] can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too, as an offense against religion; that a question about the sale of a book can be carried before the civil magistrate. Is this then our freedom of religion? and are we to have a censor whose imprimatur shall say what books may be sold, and what we may buy? And who is thus to dogmatize religious opinions for our citizens? Whose foot is to be the measure to which ours are all to be cut or stretched? Is a priest to be our inquisitor, or shall a layman, simple as ourselves, set up his reason as the rule for what we are to read, and what we must believe? It is an insult to our citizens to question whether they are rational beings or not, and blasphemy against religion to suppose it cannot stand the test of truth and reason. If [this] book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But, for God’s sake, let us freely hear both sides, if we choose.”—Thomas Jefferson to N. G. Dufief, 1814. ME 14:127

Some Challenged Books 2012-2013

Have you read any banned books? Do you think banning books works? 

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