Banned Books Week

September 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm (Banned Books Week)

Banned Books Week starts tomorrow…SO, what are you going to do about it? Are you for or against books and the freedom to choose.

Good writers write because they have to, because they simply can’t be happy doing anything else. So, imagine what it is like, imagine how it feels, if your book is banned. If it is censored and edited because people just can’t comprehend where you’re coming from. All writers want readers to have the right to choose to read their books. No writer wants to hear that their book is not allowed to be read, that it is not appropriate to be read. And no one person, living in a country that is proud to call itself free, wants to hear that they are prohibited to read a book, solely because of someone else’s opinion of such book.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – The 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Our country is proclaimed free, and yet countless people are being called upon to risk their careers in honor of keeping it free. The unsung heroes of literature who work, extremely hard, to keep the words of certain prose free to the public. Librarians, teachers, writers, booksellers, and so many more are being forced to petition for certain literatures to be rescued from censorship, and restrictions that prevent them from being accessed across the United States.

Booksellers have had to relocate because they have sold a restricted book. Children have been told they aren’t permitted to bring certain books to school, pages have been torn out of books, words and paragraphs blacked out.

It is apparent that the situation has worsened over the years due to classic books that have been acclaimed for centuries, and Nobel Prize winning books being banned and restricted. The unsung heroes of literary careers are being forced to risk their own livelihood to protect the freedom of literatures and the free right for sole individuals to read these selected literatures if they so choose.

Both the Merriam Webster and the American Heritage Dictionaries have been banned in various schools. The Merriam Webster was banned in a California elementary school in January 2010 for its definition of oral sex. “It’s just not age appropriate,” a district representative said.
Catcher in the Rye . . . Of Mice and Men . . . Harry Potter . . .
What’s your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to ban it. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25 to October 2, 2010. For more information, visit this site.

ALA – http://ala.org/
Banned Books List for 2009-2010- http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/free_downloads/2010banned.pdf
How you can help – http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/index.cfm

 

Ten most farfetched (silliest, irrational, illogical) reasons to ban a book.

  1. “Encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.” ( A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstien)
  2. “It caused a wave of rapes.” ( Arabian Nights, or Thousand and One Nights, anonymous)
  3. “If there is a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?” ( Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown)
  4. “Tarzan was ‘living in sin’ with Jane.” ( Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
  5. “It is a real ‘downer.’” ( Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank)
  6. “The basket carried by Little Red Riding Hood contained a bottle of wine, which condones the use of alcohol.” ( Little Red Riding Hood, by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm K. Grimm)
  7. “One bunny is white and the other is black and this ‘brainwashes’ readers into accepting miscegenation.” ( The Rabbit’s Wedding, by Garth Williams)
  8. “It is a religious book and public funds should not be used to purchase religious books.” ( Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, by Walter A. Elwell, ed.)
  9. “A female dog is called a bitch.” ( My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara)
  10. “An unofficial version of the story of Noah’s Ark will confuse children.” ( Many Waters, by Madeleine C. L’Engle)

 Pic by Ruby Washington/The New York Times

“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.”
 Alfred Whitney Griswold quotes 
 

“God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.” 
 Rebecca West quotes
 
“Those who would challenge or ban a book have to find out about it first,”
 Judy Blume quotes
 
“What parent has the right to select for anyone else’s child, … Teaching Banned Books.”
 Pat Scales quotes
 
“People will always want to ban books. And we should always question that.”
 Aaron Greenwald quotes
 
“If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free”
 Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes
 
“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”
 caballtaz John Fitzgerald Kennedy quotes

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