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September 27, 2005

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Carrie K.

I haven't read Indigo Waters -- what was their objection? And why would a church think they should tell their members what or what not to read? Sad.

Bill

That's quite an honor!

Dee Stewart

That's great publicity! But on a serious note that saddens me. Many of those books are great books.
Every week I go to the public library to see who wants a certain book removed from the library. When I see a book on there that I loved I write a reply to post right next to it on the bulletin board. God doesn't force himself on us. We as Christians shouldn't force anything on or off anyone else. Ridiculous. Great entry.

Dianne

Wouldn't the church be wiser in teaching and building up its members in the area of discernment, rather than pronouncing certain books as banned? Why are some people so afraid of THINKING!!!

geezer

It's not always that people are afraid of "thinking." Sometimes they are concerned about what their young, impressionable children are reading (and seeing) without their knowledge. For example, go to http://www.wpaag.org/Books%20-%20Pornographic%20in%20Sch.%20Library.htm to see some pictures from "It's Perfectly Normal," a book written for second through sixth graders. Would you want your child exposed to this book? Would you want your child to be able to check out "The New Joy of Gay Sex" without your permission?

The ALA doesn't tell people that bookstores have ALWAYS had the ability to "ban" what their customers can buy. Spence Publishing reports that several bookstores refuse to carry their conservative books, calling them "fascist." I doubt that the bookstores consider this "banning," however.

Surely all thinking people can agre that making all books available for all ages is not wise. Also, the ALA is proud of promoting First Amendment rights, but doesn't seem to respect the folks who argue against the inclusion of certain books in public places. They, too, are exercising their First Amendment rights. Further, statistics show that it is primarily parents who challenge certain books, so I guess the ALA is saying that the tax-funded libraries know better what your child should read.

Observe "Banned Books Week" with a jaundiced eye, friends.

Joanne

That's hilarious! Apparently nothing is better for publicity then having a banned book. I think I was just on Randy Ingermanson's site and he was begging us to get his books banned - for publicity, of course.

I may have to give it a try!

ConradGempf

Commiserations and welcome to the club. My *Mealtime Habits of the Messiah* was banned from some Dobson-connected bookshops in the southern USA because I used the inclusive language TNIV (since I was one of the translation consultants...).

Pauline

A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC??????!!!!!!!!

Ok.... I'm off the floor now.... I have made it a point to read every book my kids read (that I know of) and we discuss, talk, etc. I want them to learn to think critically, to examine, to question, to not take everything at face value. My daughter's 5th grade class had an extra reading library for when they were done with stuff, and she did bring home I book I was not happy with, nor did I think it appropriate for her age... so we talked. And she shared with me why she found it objectionable. I'm glad she read it.

Just my two cents... A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC???????!!!!!! argh!!!!!!

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