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Banned Books

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these people?

Twenty-three books including the latest “Harry Potter” were removed by Wilsona School District trustees from a list recommended by a parent-teacher committee for the Vista San Gabriel Elementary School library.

Trustees said one rejected book contained an unsavory hero who made a bad role model for children; another was about a warlock, which they said was inappropriate; and others were books with which they were unfamiliar and didn’t know whether they promoted good character or conflicted with textbooks.

“There were several of the books on there that board members felt were not appropriate for the children,” board President Sharon Toyne said. “I think basically because for the last eight or nine years, we’ve been pushing character education in our school district. There are so many issues changing in the society we are living in. With this ever-changing society, we have to just stick back to the traditional thing of what kids are supposed to be learning.”

The board voted unanimously at Thursday’s meeting to remove the 23 books from a list of 68 that had been forwarded for board approval to place on the shelves of the Vista San Gabriel school library.

Rejected titles included three bilingual Clifford the Big Red Dog books, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Disney’s Christmas Storybook,” and two books from the Artemis Fowl series, whose namesake character was described in reviews as a boy-genius anti-hero and criminal mastermind.

Toyne wouldn’t comment on what was objectionable about the latest of the “Harry Potter” series, which has proved wildly popular in print and on screen but from its inception has drawn criticism that it promotes what predominantly Christian critics term “occultism,” using supernatural means not from the divinity to acquire personal power.

Trustee Marlene Olivarez, a teacher who retired from the district two years ago, said the latest “Harry Potter” installment was rejected because it is fantasy.

“We want books to be things that children would be able to relate to in real life,” she said.

A Disney book?  Clifford the Big Red Dog?  Harry Potter?  Seriously, are these people insane?  Are they trying to intentionally destroy the desire of kids to read anything, ever?

Posted by Lee on 02/26/06 at 04:44 PM in Decline of Western Civilization • Permalink

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