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« Reply #15: May 22, 2011, 09:12:26 am »

So someone challenged a book depicting Ancient Egyptian rituals because it has "evil gods and black magic."  In Texas.  Seems rather par the course to me.
They weren't even ancient Egyptian rituals, they were what the kids in the book (smart pre-teens) cobbled together from bits and pieces of info they'd researched.

But, yep, par for the course.

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« Reply #16: May 22, 2011, 11:49:03 am »

They weren't even ancient Egyptian rituals, they were what the kids in the book (smart pre-teens) cobbled together from bits and pieces of info they'd researched.

But, yep, par for the course.

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Of course, how DARE kids be smart, do research, and form their own opinions!  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #17: May 22, 2011, 11:51:37 am »

Of course, how DARE kids be smart, do research, and form their own opinions!  Roll Eyes

(/ snark)

Though if you think about it, kids creating their own rituals out of piecemeal info IS more frightening to *proper thought* - because that gives kids IDEAS.

Kids just doing what Mom and Dad said and going to Egyptian services isn't nearly as shocking ....
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« Reply #18: May 22, 2011, 12:17:18 pm »

Though if you think about it, kids creating their own rituals out of piecemeal info IS more frightening to *proper thought* - because that gives kids IDEAS.

Kids just doing what Mom and Dad said and going to Egyptian services isn't nearly as shocking ....

That's the point I was trying to make, obviously poorly. Methinks more caffeine is required for my brain to properly function...
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« Reply #19: May 23, 2011, 04:12:31 am »

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read


http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm

According to that, someone wanted to ban 'To Kill a Mockingbird' due to it's use of the dreaded n-word, along with other slurs. Well, we never really had that issue here, I mean my sister studied that book at school (along with 'The Pearl') However the literary use of a slur doesn't seem to carry as much weight here.

However one of my Literature books, 'The Hummingbird Tree' was banned from schools here a while back due to its language and some indirectly sexual content, which makes me wonder how they rate these things. The book was brutally honest, but aside from racial slurs about Indians instead of the Afro-Caribbeans, it was your run of the mill amount of vulgarity, as expected from a uneducated and low class teenage boys and the older men.

Hell, all of the books written by West Indian authors for our level had racial slurs in them. And sexual content in varying degrees.

I was most surprised that they let us study 'The Chrysalids' in the Caribbean for our CSEC exams. I mean in a highly religious society, that book tells you to question everything you're told to believe, especially with religion and Christianity.
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« Reply #20: June 28, 2011, 12:39:31 pm »

I know the thread is old, but I was just browsing the book forums and this got me interested...

I just read about the individual reasons why the books were banned, mostly it seems to be sexual content. (Here's a list of banned books with a short report: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/free_downloads/2010banned.pdf)

But one different example caught my eye:

*shakes head*

I know this is kind of old but I read that book and half of the books on that banned list when I was around 12 to 14 years old. My school had the wonderful Harry Potter fiasco. But none of those books were banned where I live. Even though I live in Missouri. I'm surprised but we had a very liberal and loud English department in my school district. That's probably why. LOL.
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