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Tomorrow, September 29th, marks the beginning of Banned Books Week. This event, brought to you by the good people at the American Library Association, should be celebrated by everyone who believes in freedom of speech and democracy.

Currently, the most challenged book in the US seems to be "And Tango Makes Three", a childrens book about two male penguines who raise a baby penguin together. Yes, folks, that's the biggest issue we face today.

Here are a list of the most banned books of 2006! Do yourself a favour...read them! In fact, read anything you don't agree with this week. Something you hate or don't believe in. It will do you nothing but good!

And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;

"Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;

"Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;

"The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

"Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;

"Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;

"The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

BTW...my fellow Canadians should know we have our own party coming up in February. Freedom to Read week.

Originally posted to MsLibrarian on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 07:17 PM PDT.

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  •  I can imagine a scary mind twisting itself... (2+ / 0-)
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    GOTV, jhutson

    into a ball of banning over most things up there on the list - I mean, I understand the concept of, say, "offensive language" - but how would that twisty mind define "insensitivity?"

  •  The Chocolate War? Seriously? (7+ / 0-)

    We read that in high school. Of course it has sexual content and offensive language: it's about teenagers. Good grief.

  •  I collect children's books (22+ / 0-)

    And have done so for years, hoping that one day I'd have a kid with whom to share them.

    Turns out, late in life -- I'm gonna have a kid! A baby boy, due in January.

    So, to celebrate Banned Books Week, I'm gonna go about and buy a copy of "And Tango Makes Three," and read it to him. I may even read it to him in the womb. That'll get James Dobson's goat.

  •  To support banned books, (18+ / 0-)

    every blog should have this badge:

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  •  Cheney would be proud (4+ / 0-)
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    The Seminole Democrat
    A blue voice calling from the deep red

    by SemDem on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 07:22:14 PM PDT

  •  We in Chandler Az (12+ / 0-)

    our library just announced banning George Carlin's "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops" and a children's book about sex education.

    There are other DVDs and books under review for banning.

    Also, oddly, the Phoenix New Times is being considered for banning because "ads in the newspaper may be too racy" for teens.

    That's how we celebrate banned books week here - we ban more books.

  •  It was in my 10th grade English class in 1968... (15+ / 0-)

    ...the Vietnam war was raging and my class was full of "anti-war hippies"(your's truly). I hated my old fart English teacher, Mr. Henry with a passion. He was the epitome of censorship incarnate. Anyway, I'll never forget the look on his face when I turned in my book report on Irving Wallace's "The Seven Minutes": a book about a book that was on trial being accused of "obscenity". He took one look at my book and said with his jaw wrenched tighter than dick's hat band, yelling at the top of his lungs in that gawdawful Truman Capote lisp of his,"I won't axshept this, it's obsheen"! No, it's not, you are! I was a true rebel through and through in those days. And man did he hate us hippies!

    I tried telling him, to no avail, that "The Seven Minutes" is a book about a book on trial for being obscene. The book itself wasn't obscene, even by 1960's community standards. I got a zero!

    08.04.07 It took the Titanic longer to sink than for the 110th Congress to surrender to Bush.

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 07:41:43 PM PDT

    •  You got a Zero sure... (6+ / 0-)

      but you got a great story to share all these years later. One that carried with it an important lesson.

    •  A zero for h0n0rable mention. (2+ / 0-)
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      Fun story-thanks for sharing.

    •  Seven Minutes (4+ / 0-)

      I read that book in hs too. But wasn't the seven minutes referring to the time it took for a woman to reach orgasm? That's what I remember anyway.

      I read Rise & Fall of the Third Reich for a book report in hs. I focussed on the chapter about book burning, and my teacher loved it. But then I also skipped school to read The Tropic of Cancer. My mother actually went with me to the principal's office to get me off the hook for calling in sick. Then she went and voted for Nixon in '68.

      •  If it had been about men (1+ / 0-)
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        It would've been titled "90 Seconds".

        Actually, I think it referred to how long the average act of intercourse lasted. I can't recall exactly, the film version was playing at the drive-in in 1970 while I was merrily molesting some sweet (and willing) young thing in the back seat of the car. Needless to say, I don't remember the movie much.

        You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. -Aldous Huxley

        by Dave925 on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:19:31 PM PDT

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        •  average length of time for watching dirty movies (0+ / 0-)

          is 10 minutes.
          That's the average amount of time that people watch the pay-per-view movies in hotel rooms, as tracked by the servers downstairs. They pay for the whole movie anyway. It's not that they dislike the movie, since they repeat the process next day.

          In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

          by Lefty Mama on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09:43:30 PM PDT

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          •  Lol! Interesting LM, I mean... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...I've never been THAT focused on THOSE kinds of statistics before. Very interesting, actually quite entertaining. Tonight's a boring Friday night, isn't it? (Actually, it's Saturday where I am). :-)

            08.04.07 It took the Titanic longer to sink than for the 110th Congress to surrender to Bush.

            by ImpeachKingBushII on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 02:04:52 AM PDT

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    •  Portnoy's Complaint (6+ / 0-)

      When I was an HS Jr. in 1970, Portnoy's Complaint was a best seller. Obscene? Not to me it wasn't, it was the funniest book I ever read up to that time. I brought it to school and passed it around to all my friends. Pretty soon we were all going around quoting the book.

      "sob. . . I fucked my family's dinner!!!

      Hysterical.

      In the meantime the Birchers and other wingnuts were doing their usual banning of "Catcher in the Rye" and in an unusually bizarre twist, Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring".

      I always wanted to show up at one of their meetings and begin reading aloud from my dog-eared copy of Portnoy. You fucks think that's obscene? Let me share with you what is sweeping through the male population of the H.S. like wildfire. I just wanted to see if they would die from the vapors or something if exposed to what teenagers of the time thought was excellent reading material. haha

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. -Aldous Huxley

      by Dave925 on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:12:00 PM PDT

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  •  No Huck Finn? No Judy Blume? (3+ / 0-)
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    Elise, BachFan, eastmt

    I am outraged!

  •  Yay! (13+ / 0-)

    My college profs all had themes for their classes--international literature, Shakespeare, African-American lit, etc. One prof did a class where the theme was banned books. It was absolutely the best English class I took in my whole four years.

    Then when I was president of our Sigma Tau Delta chapter, we did a presentation for our school's lecture series in honor of Banned Books Week--we opened a lot of eyes.

    And I have a button that says "Everything I need to know about life I learned from reading banned books." I consider it a badge of honor that I've read the majority of the books on the ALA's list of the 20th Century's most-challenged books.

    It's easy to cry when everyone you love will either reject you or die.--Chuck Palahniuk

    by Stormy Weathers on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 07:57:11 PM PDT

  •  Read a Banned Book for Jesus! (4+ / 0-)

    Because even the Bible's been banned more than once.

    Whenever the topic of banned books comes up, I think of Larry Flynt's quip about the Star Report (paraphrased):

    "I spent $5 million to get the dirt right on two dozen people; Ken Star spent $40 million and didn't get the dirt right on one man. The Star Report managed to get pornography into more public libraries in a year than I have in my entire career. Ken Star and I should have switched places in life.

  •  To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee (2+ / 0-)
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    Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official... ~Theodore Roosevelt

    by Pam from Calif on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:17:54 PM PDT

  •  yes!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    I have a I READ BANNED BOOKS sticker on my 'puter!

    Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

    by fireflynw on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:25:59 PM PDT

  •  Here's an insight into the endless Bush Family (5+ / 0-)

    hustle for a buck .... occasioned by this diary. I remembered that Barbara Bush was associated with a literacy foundation, and did a little quick research to try to add a comment related to literacy rates .... and was surprised (and depressed) to find the following linkages. Follow me just a few steps, and you can duplicate the search within 10 minutes yourself.
      1) First, I looked up the books published by or with Barbara Bush on Amazon.com:
          Barbara Bush: A Memoir now at $1.99 BTW
          Millie's Book: as dictated to Barbara Bushby Mildred Kerr Bush (the family dog), and:
           First Mom: The Wit and Wisdom of Barbara Bush.
       2) Then I looked up the foundation, which is names the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. It turns out that the profits from the dog book, at least, went to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Which, on the surface, sounds great, noble, and even a worthy cause, well worth the cost to the taxpayer of the tax benefits to the person doing the write-offs--ie, Barbara Bush. Well, the foundation claims it funneled $30 million to literacy causes. One of the beneficiaries is the National Council for Family Literacy (NCFL) --and the point at which the plot thickens considerably, IMO.
        3)At the NCFL website, we learn that they follow the "Toyota Model," to wit a $35 million effort by Toyota to improve literacy in the states where Toyota has car operations: California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and New York. Toyota aims to improve literacy all right, but when you look around the Toyota site it quickly becomes clear what the Japanese Car Makers real interest is: They want to encourage math and science education, because Toyota projects they will need 22,000 service technicians for Toyota and Lexus dealerships by 2011 (a scant 4 years from now), and they want people to be able to read their driver's education training material. Starting to get the picture? Like going into Iraq, everything revolves around oil.
      So, IMO, the people who thought buying an innocent book "written" by a White House Dog were really helping to almost double the spending on literacy that would in effect support the goals of Toyota Motor company. And even if their cars are better than Detroit's models on fuel efficiency, the bottom line is that the literacy foundation gambit still benefits the oil industry--one step removed--by supporting the goals of automakers whose products consume vast amounts of oil.
     Barbara Bush calls herself "Everybody's Grandmother," but, IMO, the family's laser-like focus on getting rich on oil at the expense of every other value makes her more like the head of Ma Barker's gang than her public relations image (pre-Katrina) of someone promoting an apolitical cause like literacy. Truly, oil flows through the veins that run through a heart as refrigerated as that of Dick Cheney.  

    •  Hey, what's wrong with being technical? (1+ / 0-)
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      Dave925

      This says a LOT more about how bad it is that you can't guarantee that you'll find 22,000 Americans that are qualified to service hybrid cars. That's kinda scary to me, Barb or no Barb.

      Let alone finding 100,000 even more highly qualified engineers, innovators, and inventors who will develop the technologies that make gas engines obsolete. Or finding the seed money for them to start businesses.

      In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

      by Lefty Mama on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09:49:49 PM PDT

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      •  Literacy is not simply being able to read (0+ / 0-)

        but being able to comprehend the point. It appears that you have deliberately mis-understood the point being made. But thanks for playing.

        •  another illiterate engineer (0+ / 0-)

          Your bottom line is different from mine, that's for sure.
          Your words say that it's BAD to do anything that helps Toyota. So it's BAD to learn science and math, because that helps Toyota build plants in America. You know what? I want them to build plants in America. Otherwise, they will place them in Canada. AND Toyota and Honda are leading the way with hybrid technology.
          Barbara Bush's book is not a current best seller,  so that connection is not very important in the grand scheme of things.

          Sometimes even the Bush's want the same things we do, perhaps for different reasons. I'll never forgive Barbara for being a horrible mom, but there's no problem with her doing one good thing in her life, even if it was spurred by external events - since through no fault of her own, she became a first lady, so she had to do something worthwhile with her time and position.

          In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

          by Lefty Mama on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 02:00:23 PM PDT

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  •  Harry Potter didnt make the list? (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought there was lots of publicity about Harry and Witchcraft. Must have been just pockets of local turbulence

    In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

    by Lefty Mama on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09:38:01 PM PDT

    •  Harry Potter (1+ / 0-)
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      Lefty Mama

      People try to ban Harry Potter, but without much success. It's just too popular. I think the people who want to ban it are attention seekers. You don't get much publicity trying to ban a book that not all that many people read. But go up against Harry Potter, and you get people paying attention. Sure it's "man bites dog" attention, but it's still attention.

      I was visiting my parents over Labor Day weekend at a small town in rural Minnesota. Outside of the tiny local grocery store, there was a stand which had anti-Harry Potter religious tracts. If it was just me, I would have turned around and gone to the next town to get my groceries. (It's a much better store than this one anyway) Now, I had shopped at this grocery store for a long time when I lived there. But if they want to preach at me, I'll take my business elsewhere.

      But my parents were doing the shopping, not me.

      It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

      by A Citizen on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 11:12:33 PM PDT

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      •  That's pathetic (0+ / 0-)

        I hate to see people driven by a fear of demons, which seems to be based on violent scenes from scary movies or something. I thought references to "demons" from antiquity were talking about "mental illness" which can be scary, but it's not anything you catch from a book. For example, I don't recall the bible separating "demon possessed" people from everyone else in the same way they treated lepers.

        In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

        by Lefty Mama on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 12:04:30 AM PDT

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        •  Demons (1+ / 0-)
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          People with what psychologists call "external locus of control" often refer to their ordinary doubts, temptations and mental lapses as "demons," treating them as external forces rather than internal states. They don't perceive themselves as being in control of their own lives. It's really a personality trait, not a mental illness as such. It's associated with authoritarianism and a need for protection.

          I do like conducting hearings in an actual hearing room -- John Conyers

          by ebohlman on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 11:12:34 AM PDT

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          •  that's very interesting (0+ / 0-)

            "don't blame me - my demon did it!"

            I have kids. One trick you can do to direct a kid back from bad behavior is to tell them - "you are really a good kid inside. Why did you hit that little girl? That's not a good thing to do, and you know better." This gives the kid a positive model to work with, and it works pretty well for us.

            The child is still developing the internal locus of control. I can see how a different parent might stunt that development by exagerating the same idea and offering a "demon" model for why you behave badly. Kids have so many desires that seem overwhelming to them.

            In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

            by Lefty Mama on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 02:11:16 PM PDT

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        •  Harry Potter (1+ / 0-)
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          The people who want to ban Harry Potter have never read it. Many of them feel that they don't dare read it, because they feel that this could open themselves up to demonic influence. Of course, if they actually read it, they might think "That's what all the fuss was about?" Which is how the religious right likes it. It's easy to get people condemn something if everyone around them are doing it, and people are discouraged from checking it out for themselves.

          I wonder how many evangelicals are secretly reading Harry Potter when no one is looking.

          It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

          by A Citizen on Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 12:38:05 PM PDT

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  •  I haven't read some of those - (0+ / 0-)

    like Gossip Girls...my sisters have read those though and they love them. I got into a fight with some of the teachers at my former school - they were trying to ban several books...and I explained to them that it wasn't just a bad idea because they were limiting the knowledge their kids would have, but that frankly it would just make the books all the more attractive to kids. I told them that if they really were concerned, they wouldn't BAN the books - they'd all read them together WITH their kids...they looked at me like I had horns coming out of my head.

    I touched the Universe -- And back it slid -- and I alone -- A Speck upon a Ball -- Went out upon Circumference -- Beyond the Dip of Bell --

    by Elise on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09:49:44 PM PDT

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