Censorship

Stop the shenanigans of the book police

Itellectualcapital.com has a nice Article Here on censorship in public schools, and one school in VA in particular. There is also a nice follow up piece Here that talks about reader\'s responses to the original article.

Schools ban book

AZCentral has this report on a book that went too far.

For Dysart Unified School District, the answer is easy: you pull the book off the library shelves when it has explicit sexual content and doesn\'t advance the goals of the district, which includes promoting family values.

So Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds came off the shelves of Dysart elementary schools when a mother of two girls, sixth- and seventh-graders, complained.

Dysart Superintendent Margo Seck said she has pulled the entire \"True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High\" until officials have time to read the series. -- Read More

The Censorship Pages

This handy site, sent in by Bob Cox, is a great reference for those interested in Censorship. With links to Bannded Books, Discussions, Quotes, articles, and other useful censorship information. These pages provide the resources needed to explore how, and why censorship happens not only in the United States, but all around the world.

Library System Sued for Banning Bible

A story from the Conservative news on bible trouble in GA.

A public library system in Georgia faces a lawsuit for banning the display and distribution of small paperback Bibles in designated \"free literature\" areas.
Stuart J. Roth, an attorney with the ACLJ.

\"The law is very clear about this issue: if a library permits the display and distribution of other materials, it cannot legally exclude the Bible because the material is religious in nature.\"
The complaint said library officials allow other materials to be distributed in that area, including newspapers such as The South Georgia Business Journal and religious publications including the National Jewish Voice and The Testimony of Truth.

Five science books rejected

This Story sent in from a reader in Oklahoma.

It was survival of the fittest textbook Friday as the
Oklahoma Textbook Committee rejected five of 16 science books because
of the way the theory of evolution
was presented and other issues.


With split votes each time, the committee rejected \"Fearson\'s Biology,\"
\"Biology Principles and Exploration,\"
\"Holt Biology: Visualizing Life,\" \"Asking About Life\" and \"Biology: The Living Science\" on the basis that they
contained either inaccurate or noncurrent information. The committee
adopted the remaining 11 textbooks.

-- Read More

Islamic group tries to block childrens book

CNN is carrying this story on an attempt to block a children\'s book.

Now an Islamic advocacy group has demanded Scholastic Inc. , stop distributing the book, maintaining that it contains inaccurate, offensive and stereotypical references to Muslims.

In the book, Laura, an American student at a private school in London, seeks to avenge her 11-year-old brother\'s murder by 15-year-old Jehran, a Muslim girl who is trying to escape from a forced marriage to a 54-year-old man with three other wives. She had sought the American boy\'s U.S. passport as a means of escape.

\"You get really skeptical when you see a title like that,\" said Alkebsi, who oversees international affairs for the Islamic Institute, a Washington think tank. -- Read More

Black CU law students fight for library exhibit

A Story from the Denver Post, on the refusal of University of Colorado law school\'s library to put up a Black History month display.

A group of black law students wanted to tell their classmates this month about the case of an escaped slave denied freedom by the courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that separate but equal was the best way for races to co-exist.

But the director of the University of Colorado law school\'s library said no.\"She hasn\'t proffered any reasonable explanations,\" said Haygood, a second-year law student from Denver. \"Today, she said she is the one in charge of that display case and can decide what goes in there.\" -- Read More

school removes some horror books

The Idaho Statesman has a Story HERE on the removal of several books from a middle school.

Several books by prolific youth horror author Christopher Pike will not be available to students at West Middle School, because concerns were raised about violent content, Principal Jeff Read said Monday.

Read spent the weekend reading five of Pike’s novels — “Chain Letter 2,” “Midnight Club,” “Remember Me 3,” “The Star Group” and “Bury Me Deep.” He also skimmed over several more, he said, and concluded that none of them was appropriate for middle-school readers.

“I didn’t like them,” he said, explaining that they contain graphic descriptions of torture and violence, sexual innuendoes and profanity.

School pulls book from shelves

An Article from the Idaho Statesman reports on the moves made on \"The Listeners\" in an Idaho town.

A book by popular young adult horror author Christopher
Pike has raised concerns at Nampa’s West Middle School and has
been temporarily pulled from the school library’s shelves.

A group of seventh-grade teachers at the school have asked that the
book “The Listeners” be removed from the library, along with other
grisly storylines by the prolific author.

Principal Jeff Read is reading a selection of the Pike books and said
he and media specialist Dale Buzzell will make a decision whether to
permanently remove the book on Monday.

School Dumps Captain Underpants

LISnews\' very own Blake Carver used to be called \"Captain Underpants\", what an extraordinary coincidence! Anyway, check out this story. From Yahoo! News.

``Captain Underpants\'\' has proved no match for elementary school officials here, who have banished the cape-and-underwear-clad character from their library.

\"The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel,\'\' one in a series of four, features bathroom humor and two
mischievous boys.

Officials at Maple Hill School say the problem was that some fourth-graders started acting like the boys in the book.

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