Monday, October 8, 2012

Join the Fight Against Banned Books



"The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame." 
Oscar Wilde

From the top of my head to the tips of my toes, you will find every inch of my body resonating with passion. Most of the time I struggle to keep it under control. I brake for squirrels. I lend an ear to people in need. I voice outrage when groups of people are oppressed. I’m not a person who fits in a box or welcomes silence. I’m wild, loving, and opinionated.

"Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance."
Lyndon B. Johnson

One of my biggest indignations is censorship. It really boils my blood when the choice to read is taken away. Last week, readers across America celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read. Growing up, I’ve been lucky enough to read what I wanted to read without hindrance. I think everyone deserves that right. Anyone who wants to take away that right is afraid, afraid of the power of words, ideas, and individuality.

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasent facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
John F. Kennedy. Remarks made on the 20th anniversary of the Voice of America at H.E.W. Auditorium, February 26, 1962

Don’t be afraid. Open up dialogue with friends and family. Discuss controversial subjects and books. Learn. Understand that the world isn’t black and white.

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
Harry S. Truman, message to Congress, August 8, 1950



In the spirit of standing up against censorship and voicing opinions, check out what a few famous authors have to say about it:  “Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors Sound Off About Banned Books and Censorship”


Did you do anything special for Banned Books Week?

2 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. The only group of people who should be censored when it comes to reading is kids - more specifically my kids and by me and ONLY ME. I censor my kids reading because I said so, that's why. No, really. If there are things that are inappropriate in your family, by all means go ahead and stick a do not read sticker on it. But make no decisions for anyone else. censorship starts and ends at home. And even though I hate the stupid Diary of A Wimpy kid books, I let my eldest read them. Why? Because she loves them. And a love of books (no matter how lame I think they are) should never be crushed.

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    1. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a huge hit with kids, and it makes me happy to see children of all kinds excited for a chance to read it. Hope is still alive with the future leaders of America.

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