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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Let The Book Burning Begin!

As loyal readers know, Nanny imposes her will upon us by direct legislation, petty rules and by encouraging our fellow citizens and trouble makers to kick up a fuss over something.

Case in point being what public libraries "allow" us to read.

Sadly, because of the actions of a few intolerant people who have nothing better to do with their lives then stick their noses into other people's business, some public libraries (backing off from a fight) have withdrawn a number of books from their shelves.

For why?

In the view of the intolerant few, we should not be allowed to read them because the intolerant few find them to be offensive.

I dare say, if you asked every human being on the planet to judge what is offensive or not we would end up with having zero books to read.

Like it or not, some people will always be offended by something.

The solution?

If you are offended, then don't read the book; but allow others to make their own decisions.

Anyhoo, on the list of books destined for the incinerator:
  • Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and Even More Revolting Rhymes - supposedly coarse language .
  • The Nutcracker and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves - too sinister or frightening for children.
  • Babar and Tintin -  exposing children to ethnic stereotypes.
  • David McKee's Tusk Tusk - racist elephants, and a wealthy main character Denver promoted the idea of an unfair gap between rich and poor.
  • Two Monsters - 'twit' and 'dumbo' words deemed too aggressive.
  • Nicholas Allan's More and More Rabbits - the content was inappropriate (sex between rabbits!)
As can be seen, the single issue views of a minority of feeble minded busybodies has been given disproportionate weight by weak and timid libraries.

To repeat, if you don't like a book then don't read it or give it to your child. However, it is not your place to dictate to others what they and their children may read.

Where first you burn books, next you will burn people!
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  1. Anonymous12:07 PM

    Good! I hope they'll be burning that most despicable of books...the Holy Bible. It contains violence, buggery, incest, and a whole load more that that. Guaranteed to frighten the chindren!

    1. Good point, funny how that book is always ignored by those who hate sex, violence, sexism, elephants etc etc!

  2. Anonymous12:08 PM

    I despair, I really do. Whatever happened to the sever looking librarian that told everyone to "shush"? She would give these morons short shrift.

    Seems to me that librarians have become as weak and feebele-minded as the complainants. We seem to have lost the ability to tell busybodies to fuck off and mind their own business.

  3. "Racist elephants" - yer 'avin a larf, aintcha???

  4. What worries me most is that it apparently takes just *one* complaint in some cases to get a book banned!

    Mind you, at least it gives the Librarians something to do as apparently they have to investigate each and every claim. I presume that Libraries run by volunteers will be exempt from this as they aren't "real" librarians...

  5. Of COURSE there are 'racist elephants' - Neither Elephas maximus nor Loxodonta africana regularly chose mates from the other species.

  6. Tonk.7:23 PM

    I agree Ken; if the book offends you; leave the bloody thing on the shelf. If the words twit and dumbo are too nasty for your precious little, cottonwool wrapped off-spring; don't let them see it but, believe you me, they are in for a rude awakening when they boldly (or not) go into the real world.

    All too often, these PC butt wipes get offended on behalf of others. The real irony is that these people that may get offended, seldom are.

    I feel offended at having to share the air with some of these idiots.

  7. Lord of Atlantis11:07 AM

    Well said, Tonk! I could not agree more with you! It's high time we (collectively) turned round to these pc fascists plus the elf'n'safety gestapo and told them to take a running jump! This 'liberal' elite should be reminded that book burning was very popular in Nazi Germany, and similar regimes: Is that the kind of society to which they are striving?

    1. Tonk.3:11 PM

      Thank you my Lord.

      There is however, hypocrisy displayed on this board. The very same people that are moaning about this ban are, in the same breath, wanting to ban the Bible......I dispair. Many people find many things offensive, but why should anyone's opinion be more important than another's? I hate censorship and would prefer to make my own mind up and, should I find something offensive, I'll then steer clear of it. I adopt a similar process with the TV; if I don't like something, I don't try to get it banned so that no one can watch it; I turn the bloody thing off!