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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Ban gay books! Save the children!

Remember kids: if you read books about gay people, it's very likely that you'll turn into a gay, too! Oh, no!

Mirroring the heated debate over gay marriage, three of the 10 most challenged books in the nation last year were cited for homosexual themes - the highest number in a decade, according to the American Library Association. [link]


Here's a reason I love librarians:

American Library Association officials said they are battling these efforts as contrary to intellectual freedom.

"It all comes down to the imposition of your views on other people. To be honest, it seems to me to be downright un-American," said Michael Gorman, head of the library association.

He said the library association believes parents are responsible for what their children read.

"But it's important that the general public understand that there are people who want to censor the reading of other people's children," he added.


Ah, the battle over banned books. Nothing else can make my blood pressure rise so quickly.

(There's another link about this here, but I'm having problems with the site right now. And thanks to Fox for the link!)

2 Comments:

Blogger the roommate said...

Frog And Toad are Friends is no longer an acceptable book for early childhood programs. Why?

Too gay.

Yup. Evidently someone failed to read the whole title, and din't realize they are friends. And even if they were gay, it's not like there's steamy frog-on-toad action. (I feel disgusted having written that.) In any case, yes, full of stupid

1:13 PM

 
Anonymous Wherdragon said...

"Full of stupid" is a good way to put it.

If you think teh gay is wrong and evil, I don't think reading books with possibly gay characters is really going to change your mind. It'd be nice if it did, but I don't think so. Just like reading anti-gay websites or books doesn't make us more likely to say "Whoa, what have I been thinking?" and change over to the dark side.

4:29 PM

 

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