I saw this list of books people have wanted banned from american libraries/schools, and I thought you guys might find it interesting/disturbing. What do you think?
I think it's mainly parents and religious nutters who think it's occult or satanist or whatever. you can see the reasons if you look at the individual years you'll see the reasons people gave for wanting the books banned.
Racist, but true. Reminds me of PeTA.
How is that racist? There was absolutely no mention of race.
HAHAHA they want to ban the captain underpants series. I read those books as a kid and then named my email after them, in hindsight I shouldn't have done that but it is what it is.
I can't believe some of these books are on the list, I mean I see the reasoning for some of them but there just good books:
Harry Potter (Series)
To Kill A Mocking Bird
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Of Mice and Men
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A Wrinkle In Time
And possibly Twilight... if that qualifies as a book.
It's on the list i think.
nr. 10 in 2010 - beaten by the hunger games, which is apparently sexsually explicit.
and nr. 5 in 2009.
out of over 10000 challenges to books only 99 were due to inaccuracy, a reasonable reason, while 354 were due to sex education, which is different from sexually explicit - the most challenges at 3169, followed by 2658 for "offensive language" and 2232 for "unsuited to age group".
Most of this books dont need to get banned they shall help the mind of the next generation
The terrifying thing is that these "religious nutters" are the majority of Republican Americans. And don't think I'm a "Democrat," I think it's all a false dichotomy. A real pity that there's a purposeful schism between social and economic so that the people can't organize against these types of fools.
Imagine being a creature who actually lobbies against expression, and I don't care if it's against the black guys (yep, said black guys, they're not from Africa) in Times Square who told me my back would break in their diamond mines when I was seven visiting NYC as a tourist, or the Pope when he walked through Vatican City, flicking holy water onto teenage boy-heads.
The point of the above paragraph is actually not to be inflammatory but to argue against banning expression of any kind.
I think I celebrated St. Patty's a wee bit soon, though. Damn you, Jameson!
Pretty sure Romney has the Republican nomination locked up. Santorum is way behind in delegates, Gingrich disappeared early in the race, and Paul was never given a shot.
I remember when I was 5 and on the news they showed this picture of the book suicide bunnies and said they banned it from schools. I didn't really get it, so kept playing with my stuffed kitties.
YEARS later, I walk into this store, and it's full of novelty items, and I spot this very...familiar....book...
I was like: "Wow! I've seen this before..."
I can see why it was banned though.
My fave suicide: The bunnies are hanging out by noah's ark.
The Giver, Fahrenheit 451 (Most ironic thing ever), The Giver (also pretty Ironic), and Song of Solomon (Off topic for what I'm going to say, but I thought it was funny), Why? I really do understand why some of the books might be on the list, but seriously? What is wrong with people. I love that a major idea in Fahrenheit 451 is that destroying books because people don't like them is a bad idea. And what do people do? Try to get it banned. :P
Did I mention The Giver (The title has no relation to my character). Another book where a theme is that if we allow information to be regulated eventually we will slip into a wretchedly destructive ignorance? I don't know what they had to complain about in that book though. No language, nothing explicit.
Edit: Yes, I am aware I've mentioned The Giver three times now.
It's been a while since i've read it (last time was in 5th grade) so I couldn't tell you exactly. :p
(Well I forgot about the whole killing babies and old people somehow...Ehh)
Yeah but they only killed a couple of babies (ok, ALOT) and a few old people (all of them, literally every single one).
Farenheit is frighteningly close to a representation of current american culture, as far as i'm concerned
I think the point the author was trying to get across with the killing if infants and elders is that nobody cared anymore. There was no emotions. The government controlled everyone and nobody would fight back because they didn't care. Yes it's a little disturbing but it makes me feel that if no one stands up for what they believe then the ones in charge will do anything in their power to gain more.
At least this is a book. It's not happening in real life thankfully. >~<
That's what you think
It's probably happening somewhere.
What in the world happened to freedom of the press. Books with sexual reference are obviously made for adults! And racism and religious reference? That makes no sense!! Stop trying to keep others from reading something for their ENTERTAINMENT!!!! (Not at you at the ones who want to ban these books) What is happening to America and all of its glorious freedom?! It's practically communist, as its being run by one idiot controlling everyone else with money and fear! It's been like this for the past few years but now its obvious to the max! This country is falling apart...that's why I plan to move to another one preferably Japan because its pretty secluded. (Rant ended and got casual again)
Who wants to join me? XD
Just because buddhists and christians or whatever can't read them, they shouldn't ban it from EVERY1.
Who is the idiot who thought of this?
No clue but my guess is one of the idiots who call themselves part of the government. >.<
Actually the majority of the challenges, by a huge margin are by parents, according to the site http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/stats which says only 145 challenges were made by the government as opposed to 6103 by parents.
Well I guess that makes sense. Parents are so strict. It's ridiculous sometimes.
I lol'd at the Captain Underpants bit. It was probably because of the Flip O Rama sections containing GRAPHIC VIOLENCE.
No Lord of the Flies? Clockwork Orange? American Psycho? Crazy...