What is wrong with people?!?!

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I have been “stumbling” around the internet, and came across the following website:
http://title.forbiddenlibrary.com/

Now, this site lists out the books which have been challenged and/or outright banned, along with a short synopsis of the reasons they were challenged in the first place. I’ll tell you, some of the reasons are just downright STUPID, such as this entry:
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank. Modern Library. Challenged in Wise County, Va. (1982) due to “sexually offensive” passages. Four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee (1983) called for the rejection of this book because it is a “real downer.”

Read the page for yourself, it shouldn’t take too long. But I will warn you: If you have half a brain, you will be PISSED off at the stupidity displayed therein and may resort to posting a tirade against the American public in your own journal. I can’t be held responsible for any flame wars which may ignite.

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15 Responses to “What is wrong with people?!?!”

  1. You know, it’s actually so ASTOUNDINGLY STUPID that my first reaction is dumbfounded laughter. A “real downer”? Isn’t that the…oh, never mind.

    Shit dawg, the Bible ain’t sunshine and puppies either, and you know they love that!

  2. can’t tell if I’m laughing or crying

    I’m thinking there’s more sexual content in daytime soap operas than in the Diary of Anne Frank

  3. short tirade…

    Sometimes there just aren’t words to describe the level of stupidity displayed. Seriously, Shel Silverstein has two books listed in there as well… SHEL friggin-SILVERSTEIN!

    The problem, as I see it, are parents attempting to legislate the world to make sure critical thinking becomes a non-essential trait, so that their little brats can be successful. These parents are certifiably stupid and can’t think for themselves, thus believing that their children can’t think for themselves either. However they fail to realize the problem isn’t in the “subversive” texts, but in the fact that they are TEACHING their kids to NOT be critical thinkers by “protecting” them from the “evils” of the world around them.

    Truly, this generation will all be victims of: The Dumbening
    The dumbening being, of course, this vile downward spiral of societal protection from one’s self resulting in a mass of idiots unable to critically think about anything other than how to reach the next level on their precious PS3 games.

  4. Re: can’t tell if I’m laughing or crying

    I am laughing at the dry sardonic wit of the creator of the page, and crying at the stupidity of the masses who think they can ban books because “it isn’t uplifting”!

  5. Are you fucking kidding me?!?! The only one that could actually be seen as possibly acceptable is The Odyssey, it was opposed in 387 B.C. by Caligula (Mr. Little Boots himself) LOL

    Wow, all I can do is shake my head in disgust. I’ve read so many of these books (some of them several times). It’s a shame that there are people who will miss out on some amazing literary works because they are ignorant and believe what someone tells them is wrong and refuse to challenge the claim OR they are the ones who made these idiotic claims up. No wonder I’ve always said that 99% of society is stupid.

  6. I, too, was about to get all pissy about the Odyssey, until I read further through the listing and saw when it was challenged!

    An you HAVE to love the idiocy which spawned this entry:
    Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. Ballentine. Ironically, students at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, Calif. received copies of the book with scores of words–mostly “hells” and “damns”–blacked out. The novel is about book burning and censorship. Thankfully, after receiving complaints from parents and being contacted by reporters, school officials said the censored copies would no longer be used (1992).

    How STUPID do you have to be to censor a book about censorship!?!?!?! Ah, lovely Irvine, California… and people wonder why we want to move away!

  7. Re: short tirade…

    >However they fail to realize the problem isn’t in the “subversive” texts, but in the fact that they are TEACHING their kids to NOT be critical thinkers by “protecting” them from the “evils” of the world around them.<

    Exactly. In a way, I’d even rather have these schools teaching how this stuff is “bad” so then at least the kids are exposed to it and can make their own decisions.

    Gah! Shel Silverstein did write some rather pornographic stuff, but it’s not to be found in the books on that list.

  8. Re: short tirade…

    Bingo! Teach the kids to THINK for themselves rather than sit idly by waiting to be spoon fed information that they never question. I think I’ll stop here, as I can feel a political rant coming on as well…

    I had forgotten Shel did some, shall we say more ‘adult’ oriented things… but seriously, the books on that list are ones that EVERY child should read. They helped me to actually think outside the box about things that I had once just taken at face value.

  9. Hey, I recognize that title! Heh.

  10. What cracked me up is that a C.S. Lewis book made the list – one that has some very Christian overtones – and it is being criticized for being too “mystical”.

    And I’ve decided we are DEFINITELY not moving to Alabama!

  11. I think I’m going to throw up.

    Gone with the Wind? James and the Giant Peach? 1984? Where the Sidewalk Ends? ARE THEY FUCKING CRAZY?

    And why on Earth would anyone ever consider banning Milton? If I had to suffer the agony of Paradise Lost when I was in High School, then, goddamnit, EVERYONE should have to read it!!

    This makes me want to cry.

    Considering the titles that ARE on that list, I’m a little surprised at some of the titles that are not there (unless it’s only a partial list, of course). I would think Flowers in the Attic and Lord of the Flies would the first books banned by “good Christian” parents protecting their little angels.

  12. I went to school in Irvine and read a good many of the books on the list and nothing was ever censored back then. Irvine HS’s Drama Dept. performed To Kill a Mockingbird and Tom Jones and no one batted an eyelash!

    Of course, we weren’t living in the perfectly PC world that we are now. God forbid anyone ever have to suffer the risk of being “offended” by anything at any time in their entire life. Fucking “school officials” are convinced they need to do the thinking and decision making for not only the students, but their parents as well. Nice to hear that the parents insisted on their kids reading the same, uncensored version they probably had to read back when they were in school.

  13. I love ?!@#&$NOT!@!!! the quote under “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” – “The administrator also said ‘if there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.'”

    Anyone find it ironic that the primary religious texts of 3 major world religions are on this list, as well?

    I can only look at the last set of election results and at the voting out of office of the school board in Kansas as continuing signs that the HS (Hegemonizing Stupids) have not won the day… yet. Constant Vigilance and Constant Challenge are necessary. Big Brother is Double Plus Ungood… err… ummm… Censorship is Death. Sigh.

  14. Oh, I missed one. 4 major religions (missed Zen at the end).

  15. Ignorance is (indeed apparently) bliss.


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