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9/26/2002

Banned Books

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:09 am

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This week is Banned Books Week, and to make the occasion I participated in an all-day reading from banned books at our public library. I read a selection from the classic How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. Despite the fact that most of the top Google results are for teaching aids for the book, it has been challenged several places recently because it contains a single instance of the word “bastard” and encourages children to do such things as bet and eat worms. Later in the day, I helped perform a scene from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, challenged because it supposedly promotes a homosexual lifestyle. Just last year, Shakespeare’s works were burned at Christ Community Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Don’t wait for next year’s Banned Book Week. Read a banned book today!

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    I thought about my recent reading, and I realized that I just finished reading one banned book (Cannery Row) and just started reading another (Memoirs of a Geisha) yesterday. Banned books rule!

    In other related news, looking at the banned books list from recent years, Harry Potter usually tops the list as he does this year. I just wanna use this space to say that the Christian Right have been totally wasting their time on Harry Potter. They should be going after the “His Dark Materials” trillogy by Phillip Pulman. If you haven’t read these books yet, escpecially the first book in the trilogy, “The Golden Compass (n N. America, “Northern Lights” elsewhere), by all means do! They totally rock!!

    Comment by Matt — 9/27/2002 @ 4:05 am


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    I thought about my recent reading, and I realized that I just finished reading one banned book (Cannery Row) and just started reading another (Memoirs of a Geisha) yesterday. Banned books rule!

    In other related news, looking at the banned books list from recent years, Harry Potter usually tops the list as he does this year. I just wanna use this space to say that the Christian Right have been totally wasting their time on Harry Potter, they should be going after the “His Dark Materials” trillogy by Phillip Pulman. If you haven’t read these books yet, escpecially the first book in the trilogy, “The Golden Compass (n N. America, “Northern Lights” elsewhere), by all means do! They totally rock!!

    Comment by Matt — 9/27/2002 @ 4:06 am


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    yea i would like to know why how to eat fried worms by thomas rockwell is on the 100 most banned and challenged

    Comment by matt — 12/18/2002 @ 12:38 pm


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    I think the banning of any literature is fucking shit! why waste your time trying to opress peoples right to fucking READ! all this banning makes me think ths world is going to end up like montag’s society in the book Farenheight 451, wher NO books are legal. all people end up doing is watching T.V. and turning their minds to mush. I hate people who feel the need or are just power hungry to ban books. You people are a goddamn disease. What book IS good enough for you?

    Comment by Lestat — 12/19/2002 @ 4:34 am


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    I have nothing against His Dark materials it is a fine book as is harry Potter

    Comment by Ruairi Guider — 12/20/2002 @ 1:05 am


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    I totally agree. Banning books is totally depriving us young children from expanding our minds! There is soooooo much misery in the world and these “banned books” are our only escape into a world where we can really get away from our problems! People should really get over themselves and give it a rest. There is other evil in the world and trying to take away a child’s book is not the answer to peace. Most of us children don’t even care about Satanism and sex and stuff. If our parents don’t agree with us reading this stuff they should tell us not to. Not some weird people who we probably don’t even know or will ever meet!!!!! Why would so many people move to America to have rights when they are eventually taken away??? So leave our first amendment right alone and find something else to occupy your puny and pathetic minds!!!!!! ~Complements of a young reader who dispises anyone who messes with her right to read:)

    Comment by Dee dee — 4/10/2003 @ 8:11 am


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    Banning books is good in certain respects such as harry potter and other things that people should not be reading because it fills their minds with crap. The Bible on the other hand, should not be banned. There is so much misery in the world because people do not give God a chance. They think that they can do everything thing on their own and that leaves then unsatisfied in every respect. Would you rather live in misery or live in hope, with a purpose to live for? Give God a chance and you will not be miserable-besides what have you got to lose? Jesus did die on the cross for everyones sins so that we could be with him forever- He loved us that much. All you have to do is pray a simple prayer like Jesus, I know you are Gods son and that you died on the cross for my sins, please forgive me for all of my sins that sent you to the cross- try it- I dare you and gurantee that if you do it sincerely you will never be miserable again.

    Comment by Ashley — 5/4/2003 @ 9:48 am


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    I was wrong

    Comment by Ruairi — 5/14/2003 @ 7:08 am


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    I agree with banning books, because Childrens are reading stuff that is not right 4 them.
    And thing that make them think stuff, or want to do bad stuuf because they want to follow what they read.
    Why kids of 12 years can read things about sex???
    That’s torally wrong!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — 5/19/2003 @ 10:16 am


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    Dee dee and Ruairi, who made you God? What gives you the right to say what other people can read? I don’t read the Bible, because I find it to be incredibly dull, I read other books because I find them interesting. What happens if some one says that the Bible is bad and ban it?

    Comment by Buttercup — 5/20/2003 @ 4:49 am


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    To those who wish to ban books– if you dont wish to read those books power to you. BUT LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE??? Why cant I read the bible and books like Harry Potter and His Dark Materials? I am most disturbed at the banning of books like The Grapes of Wrath and Catcher in the Rye. I read both of these books at age 11 and they did not corrupt me! Let us read!

    Comment by a.m.l. — 7/12/2003 @ 3:59 am


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    also, to Ruaira, I am 12 and dont see what the big deal is with reading about sex. I know what it is, why cant i read about it????

    Comment by aml — 7/12/2003 @ 4:02 am


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    Banning books is stupid, if a writer wants to write abut sex and other things why not. Everyone has the right to express their opinions in a book or just put things in to help the story line. By the way ashley what are you going on about Harry Potter does not fill peoples heads with crap, it just allows us to read. Have you actually read Harry Potter maybe you would realise that its just a good bokk that people enjoy reading. I’ve read the bible and while it is farfetched for a suposed fact book it was ok to read.I completelly agree with Lestat, just let people read if you don’t like the books you don’t have to read them and it’s not your problem but others have the right to read so just let them. Anyway Harry Potter was banned for promoting whitch craft, what’s wrong with that? Wicker is a religion and stopping it is racist. I don’t care what books are like you should let people read them.
    Here in England in my area called the west midlands they even tried to ban Sabriel. I mean what is peoples problem.

    Comment by Anonymous — 8/2/2003 @ 11:13 am


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    The last one was mine but I want to add something. People arn’t stupid enough to follow what they read unless they wanted to do it anyway, the only people dum enough to imitate what they read don’t read anyway.

    Comment by Adam Butterworth — 8/3/2003 @ 9:05 am


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    I’m reading the his dark materials trilogy right now and it rocks.

    Comment by doug — 8/13/2003 @ 1:56 am


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    In Response To The BIBLE THUMPING HYPOCRITES , GO TO HELL AND TAKE YOUR THOUGHT SUPPRESSION WITH YOU!! Actually its a meaningless angry directive, as hell DOESN’T EXIST (unless you make it) , so PISS OFF. Geez do you really, really, read that abusive, backwards, divisive, piece of filth called the BIBLE and not see all the violence, incest, murder, rape, and killing done in the name of a so-called “Loving God” . Yea Varily, such a moral book that if you don’t “belive” in it, you burn in eternal hellfire forever. I once “believed” but I woke up on day with logic and reason as my allies and asked why would an all power full being want the worship and supplication of lesser beings unless he had a HUGE POWER TRIP (Like making ants worship us). Yea Varily I say unto thee, I’m a bit harsh but the societies of the modern world wont stop killing each other until they realize that its the religious nuts making fake assessments stories and laws that are getting in the ways of true peace and most importantly progress . Here for the faithful, heres an entertaining way for you to gain freedom and check the truth
    http://www.landoverbaptist.org/news1101/biblesex.html .
    Also be sure to visit http://bible.gospelcom.net/ to verify the verses lifted from this so called morale book.

    Comment by The Dude — 9/17/2003 @ 11:26 am


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    I think it will be interesting to see what happens they realease the movie for “His Dark Materials.” The series will get a lot more attention, especially since they have very good people working on it; Tom Stoppard’s in charge of the script. The trilogy will make Harry Potter look like the bible in turns of content. I bet there will be a huge movement to ban them; let’s hope they don’t succeed because they are beautifully written, whether you agree with them or not. Even if the ideas presented are challenging and you don’t agree with them, shouldn’t mean that you write it off as evil, or avoid thinking about it.

    Comment by Jane — 10/5/2003 @ 10:43 am


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    i have to say - whoever said harry potter sucks is full of shit. have you ever read it? if not- its you whos fulla shit

    Comment by april — 10/23/2003 @ 11:19 am


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    Surely if you believe people should read the bible, and have the right to read the bible, then people should have the right to read books like Harry Potter and the Dark Materials trilogy. You can not condemn something and call it crap just because you do not personally enjoy it, just as you would be outraged if someone condemned your religion and called it crap. Double standards can not exist, either there is free expression or there is not.

    Comment by Emma — 2/23/2004 @ 3:32 am


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    Has anyone noticed that all the people who want to ban books can’t spell. The messages they leave are full of mistakes. Perhaps if they read a few books before they banned them they would learn how to spell at the same time as they learned to accept that other people are entitled to read, learn and express an opinion too. His Dark Materials was an incredible series that I intend to pass on to the children in my family because I don’t believe that they should be restricted by some religious nut they’ve never met. They aren’t robots and are perfectly able to make up their own minds about good and bad or right and wrong but only because they have access to all the information, from Pullman’s books to the Bible, which are both on the bookcases in our house along with hundreds of others. Nobody has the right to take that choice from them, so get over it.

    Comment by Jody — 11/4/2004 @ 4:42 am


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    yah, ur taking away amendment no.1 and stuff

    Comment by Anonymous — 11/5/2004 @ 1:00 am


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    anyway as i was saying, they’re taking away amendment no.1, freedom of press and speech, kids should have the right to choose the books they read, and they’re gonna do bad stuff cuz they want to not because the book gave them the idea. Kids will do wut they want to, u can’t stop. but until then back off and let kids make the decision. yah, MOTHER FUCKERs

    Comment by Anonymous — 11/5/2004 @ 1:03 am

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