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(Buzzfeed)   Fifteen classic children's books banned in certain areas of the United States. Apparently, Winnie the Pooh is a Nazi and an insult to god since he's a talking animal   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 212
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2013-06-30 12:43:21 AM  

dbirchall: Talking animals? Just wait 'til these guys hear about the Chronicles of Narnia!


Just wait until these guys hear about Balaam, the talking donkey in the Bible. He was a true and faithful servant of God, but was castigated as an abomination.
 
2013-06-30 12:43:38 AM  

wildcardjack: Ehhhh, maybe "ass" is a little much for a kids book. At least in a class setting.


Ass also means donkey. Jackass who wrote TFA doesn't provide any context.
 
2013-06-30 12:44:17 AM  
A bit late, DRTFT, but still.
 
2013-06-30 12:45:32 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I wonder how many people who are shocked by this list are as interested in Paula Deen's public flaying.


"That's different"
 
2013-06-30 12:48:38 AM  
This almost makes me wanna cry! When my oldest was in high school she was in advanced English and had a reading list for the year, I took her to the book store and realized she had left the list at home. I improvised and ended up getting everything on the list plus a few I thought needed to be added. NOTHING is more important to a child than instilling a love of books and reading!! Give them the foundation and then stand back and watch them grow.
 
2013-06-30 12:51:20 AM  

haolegirl: This almost makes me wanna cry! When my oldest was in high school she was in advanced English and had a reading list for the year, I took her to the book store and realized she had left the list at home. I improvised and ended up getting everything on the list plus a few I thought needed to be added. NOTHING is more important to a child than instilling a love of books and reading!! Give them the foundation and then stand back and watch them grow.


My cat's breath smells like cat food.
 
2013-06-30 12:51:34 AM  

fusillade762: 3. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
When: 2006
Why: Talking animals are somehow considered an "insult to god,"


Christians. Becoming more and more indistinguishable from radical muslims.
 
2013-06-30 12:55:08 AM  
I'm not in favor of banning books, but BuzzFeed makes me reconsider my stance on banning websites. And flaying the 'writers' and 'editors' for their evil works.
 
2013-06-30 12:55:35 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is there a good date to a holocaust museum?


Meh... I've been on worse. At least it was a groupish thing. A bunch of atheist gone to see what happened when a specific group got singled out.

On the converse, you don't want me faking Christian Fundamentalist. I'd make the Reconstructionists look like a bunch of half-hearts. See, I've read the bible. If I went full CF I'd be a kosher keeping, child stoning fundie. "I have not come to rescind the law but to uphold it." and all that.

I already revile crab. Crab shops smell like piss. The damned critters don't have an equivalent to a kidney.
 
2013-06-30 12:56:24 AM  
I love that Where the Wild Things Are is banned for "witchcraft". Firstly let me say, just like Pokemon, it has nothing that will help anybody with witchcraft, except maybe a few morals.
Secondly, I find it hilarious that the notion of people banning a book for religious material (of a religion most people don't like), then banning other books for seeming like they don't have another religion's material (the one that people do like).
 
2013-06-30 12:57:55 AM  

haolegirl: This almost makes me wanna cry! When my oldest was in high school she was in advanced English and had a reading list for the year, I took her to the book store and realized she had left the list at home. I improvised and ended up getting everything on the list plus a few I thought needed to be added. NOTHING is more important to a child than instilling a love of books and reading!! Give them the foundation and then stand back and watch them grow.


Yes, but then they might start to think independently and challenge the existence of Teh Jeebus and wonder if capitalism is the correct path for a country and we can't have the childrens thinking for themselves.
 
2013-06-30 12:59:32 AM  
I bet FARKers could write a children's book that could get banned in every state.
 
2013-06-30 12:59:49 AM  

WhippingBoy: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I wonder how many people who are shocked by this list are as interested in Paula Deen's public flaying.

"That's different"


Well actually they are completely different. I didn't see any of the books using racist language. To be honest trying to conflate the two news stories seems like the desperate act of a deeply stupid person.
 
2013-06-30 01:04:31 AM  
Makes me think that if the Taliban werent brown theyd be one of the USAs top allies.

/Them and the US fundies would get along great.
 
2013-06-30 01:05:04 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: WhippingBoy: I don't see what the big deal is. Isn't this the new "age of enlightenment" where we suppress, mock, or shame ideas that make us uncomfortable under the guise of creating a "safe place free from triggering events"? So we ban a few books. At least people's feelings won't be hurt.

When the concept of "hate speech" gained legitimacy, I knew free speech (as a philosophical idea, not a constitutional right) was next.


I think we read different articles.
 
2013-06-30 01:05:54 AM  
The Christian Bible encourages rape, murder, incest, slavery, and genocide....

Perhaps the Christians should consider having it banned.
 
2013-06-30 01:06:50 AM  

therecksays: WhippingBoy: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I wonder how many people who are shocked by this list are as interested in Paula Deen's public flaying.

"That's different"

Well actually they are completely different. I didn't see any of the books using racist language. To be honest trying to conflate the two news stories seems like the desperate act of a deeply stupid person.


Ha! Holy shiat, I didn't think anyone would admit to it.
 
2013-06-30 01:07:39 AM  
"Judy can pat the bunny"...oh yeah, Judy can pat that bunny reeeal good.

tinybop.com

/her eyes say, "come-hither"
 
2013-06-30 01:08:21 AM  

LordOfThePings: wildcardjack: Ehhhh, maybe "ass" is a little much for a kids book. At least in a class setting.

Ass also means donkey. Jackassdonkey who wrote TFA doesn't provide any context.


FTF this list.
 
2013-06-30 01:08:29 AM  

Bong Hits For Mohammed: Huh.  I figured that The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn would be on the list.  That book hurt MY feelin's, 'cuz it had so many words I had to read!


I think they were shooting for books targeted at younger age groups, otherwise it would have naturally made the list.  Personally, I read it in the third grade, but I was way ahead of the norm in reading skills.  That's one of the benefits of having a dad who taught English, encouraged reading, and limited our daily t.v. time.

People are still trying to ban Huck Finn because "it's racist".  These people have obviously not read the book.
 
2013-06-30 01:08:30 AM  

YodaTuna: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: WhippingBoy: I don't see what the big deal is. Isn't this the new "age of enlightenment" where we suppress, mock, or shame ideas that make us uncomfortable under the guise of creating a "safe place free from triggering events"? So we ban a few books. At least people's feelings won't be hurt.

When the concept of "hate speech" gained legitimacy, I knew free speech (as a philosophical idea, not a constitutional right) was next.

I think we read different articles.


Probably, if you only read articles that reinforce your worldview.
 
2013-06-30 01:12:34 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: ongbok: [upload.wikimedia.org image 175x305]

There was a big hubbub in the town were I grew up on the 90's because a group of fundies wanted to remove this book from the grade school. Well they didn't succeed that day but more and more of them started moving in and farking with the school system. In 10 years the school system went from being one of the best in the country to one of the worst in the state.

I bet it was the same SOBs that went after Harry Potter.

I say anything that can get a pre-teen to read a 500 page book is a good thing.


Tweens spend all their time playing video games or text messaging each other.  Suddenly they are actually reading a real, honest to god book.  No, it's not the greatest literature around, but it's a farking book!  Hell, that's about as awesome as you can get.  Yes, I bought my stepdaughter every single one of the series.  I read the first two to her each evening at bedtime because her English reading skills were not yet up to snuff (she wasn't a native English speaker).
 
2013-06-30 01:15:06 AM  
I don't know why this one cracks me up:


Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankWhen: 2010


Why: Forget anti-semitism; the 50th Anniversary "Definitive Edition'" was instead banned by a Virginia school because of its "sexual content and homosexual themes." Additionally, the book was previously banned by several schools in the United States because it was "too depressing."


I can at least understand the "thinking" behind the other book-bannings...but "TOO DEPRESSING"?!??!? "Yes, we can't allow children to read this book, it's much too sad for them." If that's the case, why single out "Diary of Anne Frank" for such banning? Why not "Bambi" and "Peter Rabbit"?
 
2013-06-30 01:15:39 AM  
7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Why: The book was banned from several classrooms in Pennsylvania on accounts of "profanity, disrespect for adults, and an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion." The book has also been banned by other schools for its use of the phrases "Oh Lord" and "Lord."


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2013-06-30 01:16:22 AM  
Winnie the Pooh is the best bear ever.
 
2013-06-30 01:17:35 AM  

SpdrJay: The Christian Bible encourages rape, murder, incest, slavery, and genocide....

Perhaps the Christians should consider having it banned.


A city passed an ordinance requiring the librarian to put all "adult themed" books in a section that children where not allowed to enter.  Much hilarity ensued when she put the bible in the adult section.  She based it on the criteria set forth by the city council, to the letter.

It was years ago, but I'm going to guess it was in Kansas.
 
2013-06-30 01:19:00 AM  

xrayspx: The AA Milne Nazi thing is kind of funny, since he wrote many anti PG Wodehouse screeds for living in Europe and being (oblivious) to the Nazis at the time. I can kind of believe Wodehouse sort of just bumbling around and getting his money from whatever bank and not being terribly worried about politics.


Even more off topic, but has to be said first, for anyone who has never read any Wodehouse- go do it. The man was one of the finest writers of light comedy who ever lived. Right Ho, Jeeves is an excellent place to start.

That said, he was incredibly naive and unworldly about politics, which is why he was, yes, caught bumbling around France when the Nazis invaded. He ended up in a (relatively unhorrible) internment camp, where he further compounded his error by recording some radio talks about his experiences there, while he was there. They were not in any way pro-Nazi propaganda, but that's what people back in England were told by the Ministry of Propaganda Information. And that's what set off the anti-Wodehouse firestorm in England, not what bank he got his money out of. After being repatriated due to his age, he went off to live in America and never returned to England. To his credit, many times over the years he included comments in his stories about what chumps and idiots writers tend to be..

He's probably never been banned anywhere in the US, but I imagine only because so few people here know about his work.
 
2013-06-30 01:32:30 AM  
One story that I always liked is about an original album of TinTin that was banned in the US because it depicted a black character and a white character in the same page, and we couldn't have that, because of the children...
 
2013-06-30 01:35:14 AM  

WhippingBoy: haolegirl: This almost makes me wanna cry! When my oldest was in high school she was in advanced English and had a reading list for the year, I took her to the book store and realized she had left the list at home. I improvised and ended up getting everything on the list plus a few I thought needed to be added. NOTHING is more important to a child than instilling a love of books and reading!! Give them the foundation and then stand back and watch them grow.

My cat's breath smells like cat food.


I know, but I'm sitting here watching her play cribbage with my bf's dad (I taught her last night!) and she's kicking his o'kole! I have to think encouraging independent thinking, especially for *gasp* girls is the best thing I can do as a mom...
 
2013-06-30 01:35:16 AM  
I thought that list was going to consist of nothing but Judy Blume books.

/disappointed
 
2013-06-30 01:36:14 AM  

geoduck42: xrayspx: The AA Milne Nazi thing is kind of funny, since he wrote many anti PG Wodehouse screeds for living in Europe and being (oblivious) to the Nazis at the time. I can kind of believe Wodehouse sort of just bumbling around and getting his money from whatever bank and not being terribly worried about politics.

Even more off topic, but has to be said first, for anyone who has never read any Wodehouse- go do it. The man was one of the finest writers of light comedy who ever lived. Right Ho, Jeeves is an excellent place to start.

That said, he was incredibly naive and unworldly about politics, which is why he was, yes, caught bumbling around France when the Nazis invaded. He ended up in a (relatively unhorrible) internment camp, where he further compounded his error by recording some radio talks about his experiences there, while he was there. They were not in any way pro-Nazi propaganda, but that's what people back in England were told by the Ministry of Propaganda Information. And that's what set off the anti-Wodehouse firestorm in England, not what bank he got his money out of. After being repatriated due to his age, he went off to live in America and never returned to England. To his credit, many times over the years he included comments in his stories about what chumps and idiots writers tend to be..

He's probably never been banned anywhere in the US, but I imagine only because so few people here know about his work.



Hah exactly.  I can see him stumblebumming his way, Bertie Wooster style, through the Reich and somehow coming out unscathed on the other side.
 
2013-06-30 01:38:18 AM  

dj_bigbird: haolegirl: This almost makes me wanna cry! When my oldest was in high school she was in advanced English and had a reading list for the year, I took her to the book store and realized she had left the list at home. I improvised and ended up getting everything on the list plus a few I thought needed to be added. NOTHING is more important to a child than instilling a love of books and reading!! Give them the foundation and then stand back and watch them grow.

Yes, but then they might start to think independently and challenge the existence of Teh Jeebus and wonder if capitalism is the correct path for a country and we can't have the childrens thinking for themselves.


Lol, she's an atheist who is in school to be a preschool teacher, and she's on her way to buy us snacks *crossing my fingers she doesn't feed um to a diabetic horse on the way home.
 
2013-06-30 01:40:01 AM  

haolegirl: dj_bigbird: haolegirl: This almost makes me wanna cry! When my oldest was in high school she was in advanced English and had a reading list for the year, I took her to the book store and realized she had left the list at home. I improvised and ended up getting everything on the list plus a few I thought needed to be added. NOTHING is more important to a child than instilling a love of books and reading!! Give them the foundation and then stand back and watch them grow.

Yes, but then they might start to think independently and challenge the existence of Teh Jeebus and wonder if capitalism is the correct path for a country and we can't have the childrens thinking for themselves.

Lol, she's an atheist who is in school to be a preschool teacher, and she's on her way to buy us snacks *crossing my fingers she doesn't feed um to a diabetic horse on the way home.


The only reason you're here is to talk about yourself, isn't it?
 
2013-06-30 01:41:01 AM  

Lorelle: I thought that list was going to consist of nothing but Judy Blume books.

/disappointed


Yeah, I was surprised by that as well.
 
2013-06-30 01:41:12 AM  
Lol!
 
2013-06-30 01:55:30 AM  
TIL, God and his followers are a bunch of pussies
 
2013-06-30 01:58:42 AM  

xrayspx: The AA Milne Nazi thing is kind of funny, since he wrote many anti PG Wodehouse screeds for living in Europe and being (oblivious) to the Nazis at the time.  I can kind of believe Wodehouse sort of just bumbling around and getting his money from whatever bank and not being terribly worried about politics.


Wodehouse took the piss out of Oswald Mosley in one of his Jeeves and Wooster books.
 
2013-06-30 02:03:38 AM  

BitwiseShift: dbirchall: Talking animals? Just wait 'til these guys hear about the Chronicles of Narnia!

Or how about the Bible, Numbers 22. Baalam and his talking donkey. Godwined again.


Are you saying that He was talking out His ass?
 
2013-06-30 02:04:04 AM  

dbirchall: Narnia


Bbbbut C.S. Lewis is an apologist, so he gets a pass.  His talking animals are on "our" side.

/John Cleese's rendition of Screwtape rules
 
2013-06-30 02:12:28 AM  

xrayspx: The AA Milne Nazi thing is kind of funny, since he wrote many anti PG Wodehouse screeds for living in Europe and being (oblivious) to the Nazis at the time.  I can kind of believe Wodehouse sort of just bumbling around and getting his money from whatever bank and not being terribly worried about politics.


milne also apparently worked for the war dept. and for british intelligence, writing anti-german propaganda.

seems odd to equate his work as pro-nazi, but then again people into banning things aren't usually real heavy on the rational thinking.
 
2013-06-30 02:22:07 AM  
I'm waiting for Disney's Cinderella to get banned for talking animals and promoting homosexual anal bead usage.
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2013-06-30 02:42:09 AM  

dbirchall: Talking animals? Just wait 'til these guys hear about the Chronicles of Narnia!


I've always found it ironic that the "Christians" who try to ban Harry Potter because it's about magic and is therefore satanic never seem to have a problem with old C.S. Lewis.
Lewis was a hard-core Christian, but there's stuff in CoN that almost certainly references occult philosophy...

/loves both CoN and HP
 
2013-06-30 02:45:34 AM  

A_Listless_Wanderer: dbirchall: Talking animals? Just wait 'til these guys hear about the Chronicles of Narnia!

I've always found it ironic that the "Christians" who try to ban Harry Potter because it's about magic and is therefore satanic never seem to have a problem with old C.S. Lewis.
Lewis was a hard-core Christian, but there's stuff in CoN that almost certainly references occult philosophy...

/loves both CoN and HP


Forget that. Wasn't there some dude in Christian mythology that got famous for magically transforming water into wine, and making self-replicating bread or something?
 
2013-06-30 02:48:07 AM  

HotWingAgenda: A_Listless_Wanderer: dbirchall: Talking animals? Just wait 'til these guys hear about the Chronicles of Narnia!

I've always found it ironic that the "Christians" who try to ban Harry Potter because it's about magic and is therefore satanic never seem to have a problem with old C.S. Lewis.
Lewis was a hard-core Christian, but there's stuff in CoN that almost certainly references occult philosophy...

/loves both CoN and HP

Forget that. Wasn't there some dude in Christian mythology that got famous for magically transforming water into wine, and making self-replicating bread or something?


If there was, he was obviously working for the devil! No Christian would ever follow a guy like that!
 
2013-06-30 02:54:00 AM  

quatchi: 12.  Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
When: "Until as recently as 1991"
Why: Remember that time when Sam I Am tried to seduce his friend? Me neither. But the book was banned in California on accounts of "homosexual seduction."

[lolwot?]

It was also banned in China for "early Marxism" from 1965 until Dr. Seuss' death in 1991.

Wait, Green Eggs and Ham was too Marxist for China?

Is BuzzFeed the new Onion?



It was banned for being "early Marxist" as opposed to "Maoist", or more accurately, for not being "socialism with Chinese characteristics".

The official Party line in China is that they modified Marxism to accommodate reality.  It's a lot more complex than that, but the short version is "that doesn't work here, exactly, so we need to change it".
 
2013-06-30 03:00:46 AM  
www.theblindcard.com

Uncle Remus and Friends

 
2013-06-30 03:02:32 AM  
Librarians don't ban books simply on request.  Requested to be banned =/= banned.

There are a few requests I would agree with ( 50 Shades and the Twilight series) however as a Librarian ALL books are allowed in my library.  So sorry, your precious snowflake can indeed read Mein Kampf if they want to.

Source:  I'm a Librarian.
 
2013-06-30 03:12:34 AM  
Talking animals are considered an offense against God in Kansas ?!?! Well if they would stop inter-breeding with their livestock, the animals would stop learning to talk...
 
2013-06-30 03:24:45 AM  
WHO THE FARK BANS CHARLOTTE'S WEB?


/or any of these books, for that matter
 
2013-06-30 03:34:19 AM  

WizardofToast: Why: All public libraries in Chicago the book because of its "ungodly" influence "for depicting women in strong leadership roles."


The book was  The Wizard of Oz,and the year was 1928. Chicago, of course, is and was heavily Catholic, and the Church was very concerned in the 20s and 30s about "modern" women. One of the big issues pushed by the Motion Picture Production Code about that time: get strong, modern women out of the movies. The Catholic hierarchy was responsible.
 
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