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Friday, October 05, 2007
I read banned books... when I remember to
Every year I vow to celebrate Banned Books Week by reading some of the top challenged books of the past year. And every year I fail to notice BBW until it's over. So, let's see, is my current reading material worth banning?
Eliot's Middlemarch. Contains such delicate and oblique references to sexuality that I didn't even notice them until I read the preface and then reread those passages. Can a book be banned for being entirely too long and for having a plot that fails to move forward one little bit for fifty pages at a time? Probably not. Next?
Jeff Shaara's The Last Full Measure. More blood and gore than you can shake a stick at. But how could you ban a book for being a realistic portrayal of a war that actually happened? Next?
Dawkins' The God Delusion. Hahaha, I'm quite sure a few people have challenged this one and all its atheistic brethren. They certainly take shots at it by publishing rebuttals; according to Amazon, attempting to refute Dawkins is a cottage industry in itself.

The most challenged book of the last year? And Tango Makes Three, the illustrated true story of two male penguins given a baby penguin to raise. Loving, caring homosexual penguins! It's an affront to family values and god's plan! Nature should be ashamed of itself!


Blogger Semavi Lady said...

People are so selectively nonlinear and/or arbitrarily anthropomorphically fundamental, it's beyond weird.

Neutering pet animals "is good", Neutering wild captive animals "is bad". Many maintain a small harem of eunuch caliber pets in the house and have no problem getting them a puppy or a kitten to raise -- gah, people!

I don't have issue when people have to cope with their own lack of skill, inability to manage animals, by creating guidelines for themselves, but trying to force their viewpoints on all via legislation, profiling all other animal owners to be as incompetent as they, is abhorrent.

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