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their lives then stick their noses into other people's business, some public libraries (backing off from a fight) have withdrawn a number of books from their shelves.
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.
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!)
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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