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Sunday Tweet: Ban This! 2011


Tweet of the Day: Ban This! 2011

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As the last hot days of August simmer away, the cooler days of September dawn upon us. Thus it is time to confront the agents of negativity who seek to ban great works of literature (and some minor unmentionables) from bookstores and public libraries.

The American Library Association has its Banned Books Week, (September 24 to October 1) but friend of this blog (and most awesomest of writers/YA books reviewer)  DonnaBites extended it to an entire month. Which gives us:

 

And once again I decided to join her in the defense of books and libraries. This is not the first time I participated, and it will not be the last.

A few samples below (in no particular order):

A quick read of the post above might show that I have a “complex” approach to censorship, to say the least. I would call it “evolved” but while the ideas expressed might appear self-contradictory, they are not.

  1. I do not believe in censorship.
  2. I believe that authors should stand by their works in the fullest sense of the term.

Simplifying this issue merely feeds the fires of censorship. It is not an “either/or” proposition. I wish it were. In fact that is the position of those who seek to ban books. Remove them from our sight lest they corrupt the young.

To that I say NO!

And what say you?

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2 comments on “Sunday Tweet: Ban This! 2011

  1. I agree! I hate hearing that more books have been banned. I don’t really understand how it can be done, what with our supposed 1st amendment rights. I understand not allowing certain books in school libraries, but that should be a decision made by each individual school.

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    • That’s sort of the problem, in as much that many of these books get banned, not because they are not age appropriate but because they challenged preconceived notions of God, justice, and social order, as well as censorship itself.

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