Closing Thought–07Sep22

One of the dumbest ideas that comes from the mental midgets on the Right….the banning of books…..and it is reported that it has hit an all-time high…..

As kids, teachers and librarians head back to school this fall, bookshelves around the country are a bit emptier than usual.

According to data collected by PEN America, 1,145 books have been banned by school districts across the United States between July 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

These numbers are at a historic high, said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, who has tracked and analyzed book bans across the country during her more than two decades with the American Library Association (ALA).

Caldwell-Stone, currently the director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the ALA, said in the past, the norm was for one or two titles to be challenged per year in schools. Today, it’s common for four to six unique books to be challenged each day, she said.

The uptick is part of a culture war taking center stage in political races, on social media and at school board meetings — between those who believe that parents should have a greater say in school curricula; those who think that certain histories and narratives should not be taught in classrooms; and others who resist censorship of any form, encouraging all titles onto shelves.

Caught in the middle of the debate are questions along legal, geographic and economic lines — mainly, how book bans really relate to the First Amendment, their impact in the internet age (more significant than you would guess) and consequences of bans — both intended and unintended.

I do not see where banning books does anything to move a society forward….

Does the banning of books really protect anyone?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


6 thoughts on “Closing Thought–07Sep22

  1. The banning of books affords a little bit of self-satisfaction for very bigoted people who feel the need to lash out and make statements about their frustrations. Book burners accomplish nothing by their actions because if people want to find information about topics the book burners wish to deny them, they will find a way to find it anyway despite the efforts of the book burners. I knew a hyper religious bigot once who thought that his purchase of and burning of “The Catcher In The Rye” was performing some kind of service to God and the commuity when, in all reality, all he was doing was enriching the publisher and the retailer by his purchases of the book he so casually and ritually burned often. A total dumb ass!

      1. It is good that you are independent enough to say that you will not let the government tell you what to read, but the sad fact is that you will only read what you can get your hands on and if all your favorite books have been burned or banned, you will not be reading them. Since most books are part of the American ethos, there should be a law against burning books and government should never enter into the business of banning books because that is a blow against the first amendment. But since our government has been so screwed up lately, whatcha gonna do?

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