Monday, October 09, 2006

Banning the book about book burning

[LINK] You know, they should just put this kid in a religious school instead of depriving everyone else of the opportunity to read something enlightening and thought-provoking. (duh. It's school. It's what is supposed to happen there.)
"It's just all kinds of filth," said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read "Fahrenheit 451." "The words don't need to be brought out in class. I want to get the book taken out of the class."

He looked through the book and found the following things wrong with the book: discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, "dirty talk," references to the Bible and using God's name in vain. He said the book's material goes against their religions beliefs. The Verms go to Grand Parkway Church in Porter.
"We went them to go after God," said Glen Jalowy Jr., Grand Parkway Church youth minister. "We encourage them that what you put in your mind and heart is what comes out."

Right now Fahrenheit 451 stands as being a book being considered for banning, and in the meantime, children with objections are given an alternate choice.

When I was about that age, we were Jehovah's Witnesses. That meant that I had to be excused from saluting the flag, from holiday or birthday celebrations, and from (should the need arise) being given blood or made to eat anything containing blood. It didn't mean that my mother could have the flag taken away, and the Christmas decorations taken down!

As far as the content, the Bible has a few "discussions of being drunk" in it too, and it contains as much violence as any book I can think of.

[snarky note: that's his daughter in the picture, not his wife]

Found via J-Walk

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So what do we do with the people who have memorized the book or have a photographic memory and have read this book. Do we have to burn them, also. If you don't read books because of an objectable word or an offensive passage, then you wouldn't read many books. The standards these people us to judge whether books should be banned is based on closed minds afraid that wisdom is evil.

It's such an ignorant act, book burning. Reminds me of Salem witch trials. Blaming the evils of the world on a third party, kind like what our current U.S. Leader is doing. When you are out identifying what wrong with the world, you need to look at the mirror, there is where evil resides.

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