Thursday, September 29, 2011

Read a banned book today

In the 21st century there are still books seen as too ribald or truthful for eyes such as yours or mine.  The American Library Association (ALA) has not banned the books, they are responding to school districts, parents and regular folks who let them know which books they find offensive and should be banned.  In this day and age the concept of banning books smacks of "Fahrenheit 451" and on the one hand I am glad to see the ALA recommending we read those books which are threatened with, or have been banned.

Two problems I see.  The list of books recommended to be read include the Qur'an, which begs the question, who wants the Qur'an banned, and secondly the ALA does not mention any of the books written by such authors as Robert Spencer, Wafa Sultan, Ibn Warraq, Brigitte Gabriel, Steve Emerson, Walid Phares and others, books which have been attacked and strongly demonized by those who want to silence the critics of Islamic hegemony and jihadist actions.  Why does the ALA support the reading of certain books but not others?  Could it be they are afraid of what some see as the truth, or are they slowly becoming as all dhimmis do, apologists to their new masters for fear of a beating if they do not adhere?

In any case, reading is always a good idea, especially the Qur'an, but other books on the list are always a great read so keep reading everything, don't let the bastards get you down.

From zap2it September 27 by Liz Kelly Nelson

Banned Books Week: Read 'The Hunger Games' or the 'Koran'

Thanks to the vigilance of the American Library Association (ALA), the list of books banned or challenged in 2010-2011 isn't as long as it could be, but it's long enough to keep a person out of books for at least a year. Every year duringBanned Book Week the ALA works to keep books considered controversial, obscene or profane on library shelves and in schools.

In the past year, books in danger of censorship include Suzanne Collins' popular "Hunger Games"series, which was adapted into a screenplay and will arrive in theaters sometime in 2012 to torment parents and others who think it numbs kids to violence. A Virginia school system also tried to ban "The Diary of Anne Frank," when it received a complaint that the book "sexual material and homosexual themes."

The ALA asks that from Sept. 24 - Oct. 1, lovers of literature read a banned book. Below, some titles from the 2010-2011 list to get you started:

"The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins
"The Diary of Anne Frank," Anne Frank
"Water for Elephants," Sarah Gruen
"Brave New World," Alduous Huxley
"The Koran"
"The Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger
"Push," Sapphire
"Slaughter-house 5," Kurt Vonnegut
"Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India," Joseph Lelveld
"My Mom's Having a Baby," Dori Hillested Butler

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