Thursday February 22, 2007

Dalila Rodriguez found a book in a school library she didn’t like, so she decided to steal it. “It’s not censoring; it’s protecting our children from lies.” Um, sorry lady, but censoring is exactly what it is. I say we order a copy of each of these “offensive” books for every library and put them on a special table right in front, where the librarians can keep an eye on them.

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  1. chris    Thu Feb 22, 08:50 AM #  

    I like this quote from a district official ‘‘Their actions don’t seem to correspond with respect for democracy and due process,’‘ he said. ``It’s kind of contradictory.’‘
    Sort of sums up a lot of US policy towards Cuba.



  2. j-j    Thu Feb 22, 08:51 AM #  

    ‘‘If you take it out and don’t return it, no kid can read it,’‘ Rodriguez, who is a member of the Concerned Cuban Parents Committee, said Wednesday. ``It’s not censoring; it’s protecting our children from lies.’‘

    Wow this is kind of crazy, I wonder if the lady is simply being used by some fringe group or something ..the funy thing is the library can just go ahead and order more books…Duhh!



  3. Steve    Thu Feb 22, 09:27 AM #  

    “It’s not lies. It’s just…...bullshit!”
    —Dan Ackroyd, The Blues Brothers



  4. b.a.c.    Thu Feb 22, 02:49 PM #  

    Is it me or do los exilios act like the communistic state the despise?



  5. JW    Thu Feb 22, 11:54 PM #  

    Dalila Rodriguez actually belongs to a long, long line of American literary vigilantes who know what’s good for the rest of us in the name of the children.

    The American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Weeks each year because the books that you and I treasure — many of them classics, mind you, not just sex ed books and controversial coming-of-age stories — put someone’s nose out of joint, somewhere. Or, to be more cynical about it, demagogic types like to seize on the books to “galvanize their core constituency” and aggravate the shit out of the rest of us.

    Among books that have been challenged or banned outright over the years, according to the ALA website:

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: challenged in Eden Valley, Minn. (1977) and temporarily banned due to words “damn” and “whore lady” used in the novel. Challenged in the Vernon Verona Sherill, N.Y School District (1980) as a “filthy, trashy novel.”

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: challenged in the Normal, Ill. Community High Schools (2003) because the book contains “racial slurs, profanity, violence, and does not represent traditional values.”

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: challenged in Foley, Alabama (2000) because of the depictions of “orgies, self-flogging, suicide” and characters who show “contempt for religion, marriage, and the family.”

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: challenged at the Placentia-Yorba Linda, California Unified School District (2000) after complaints by parents stated that teachers “can choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over again.”

    And a personal favorite: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien: burned in Alamagordo, N. Mex. (2001) outside Christ Community Church, along with other Tolkien novels, for being satanic.

    This is a highly selective list of a dismayingly widespread phenomenon (though Dalila seems like a pretty extreme, contemptible example of the type). Go the the ALA website for further examples, plus advice on what can be done about it:

    http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm



  6. Steve    Fri Feb 23, 09:49 AM #  

    .....and everybody’s favorite, Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, for daring to use the word “fuck” without a license.

    Why don’t these folks just cut to the chase and ban EVERY book? They already know everything there is to know about everything there is, and it would free up the libraries for more enlightened activities like bingo, prayer meetings, and cock fights. What a wonderful world it would be.



  7. Manola Blablablanik    Fri Feb 23, 11:07 AM #  

    Add to that list: James Joyce and Henry Miller.



  8. srcohiba    Fri Feb 23, 03:54 PM #  

    and the greatest american book ever written Huck Finn by Mark Twain which gets banned all the time.



  9. nuh-uh    Mon Feb 26, 11:28 AM #  

    that stupid twat should be sent back to the island for disrespecting the first amendment. beeatch!



  10. Anony    Mon Feb 26, 11:33 AM #  

    Fidelita.



  11. Victoria    Wed Feb 28, 04:34 AM #  

    Protect your own kid lady… I will be happy to decide what my OWN children need protection from when it comes to what they read.