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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 51
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2013-06-30 12:21:24 AM  
5 votes:
Kiss my ass, copypaste buzzfeed sponsored partner bullshiat
2013-06-30 12:21:24 AM  
5 votes:
From  Numbers 22:28:

And the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to you, that you have smitten me these three times?  Looks like God is Ok with talking animals.  So now what?
2013-06-30 12:14:01 AM  
4 votes:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I'm not a fan of banning books. But the Giving Tree needs to be burned and all records of its existence wiped off the face of the planet!


Let me guess. You have an Ayn Rand RealDoll in your closet, don't you?
2013-06-30 12:13:21 AM  
4 votes:
This is why we don't have warp drive yet (nor should we be allowed to have it until we do something about these batsh*ts first).
2013-06-30 09:38:43 AM  
3 votes:

Edgewood Dirk: 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.


Only slightly off topic here, but every librarian I've ever talked to or heard from has been a very vocal opponent of censorship and seem to echo such statements as your "ALL books are allowed in my library".  I'd just like to say Thank You for your efforts to eradicate ignorance.  Librarians seem to be a woefully undervalued resource these days.
2013-06-30 03:02:32 AM  
3 votes:
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 12:48:38 AM  
3 votes:
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 12:28:04 AM  
3 votes:
People who ban children's books are completely wacko.

Masturbation in Alice in Wonderland? I've read that book many times and I've yet to find anything sexual.

The political and religious lunacy goes without saying.

But I suppose that you could find The Lorax and The Giving Tree anti-chain saw. But who speaks for the trees, people? Who speaks for the trees?
2013-06-30 12:27:49 AM  
3 votes:
Why: All public libraries in Chicago the book because of its "ungodly" influence "for depicting women in strong leadership roles." In 1957, the Detroit Public Library banned the book for having "no value for children of today."

We could ban books for having no value to kids? May be needed for the Twilight series.
2013-06-30 12:27:41 AM  
3 votes:
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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.
2013-06-30 12:24:23 AM  
3 votes:

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.

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2013-06-30 12:23:25 AM  
3 votes:
The best one is:

15. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
When: 2010
Why: The Texas State Board of Education briefly banned this picture book after confusing its author, Bill Martin, Jr., with philosopher Bill Martin, author of 'Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation.'

Nothing like a little neo-McCarthyism to start your day.
2013-06-30 12:19:49 AM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-06-30 12:02:51 AM  
3 votes:
I'm not a fan of banning books. But the Giving Tree needs to be burned and all records of its existence wiped off the face of the planet!
2013-06-30 10:28:53 AM  
2 votes:

orbister: meanmutton: /Yes, the first title of that book had the n-word as its title.

Of course it did, It was written and published in Britain, where the n-word (as you bravely anti-censorship, free-speech-loving folks must call it) has never had the odium attached to it which it had in the US. As a parallel consider the r-word, which is tossed around on Fark and in the US but which is utterly unacceptable in the UK.


Because I choose not to use a word that would cause distress to my (biracial) nieces and some of my friends and co-workers doesn't mean that I think the government should prosecute people for its use.  Just because I think the government should not prosecute people for its use doesn't mean that I'm not going to think less of people for its willy-nilly use.

Free speech doesn't mean everyone has to say everything; it doesn't mean that you can't criticize people for saying things.  In fact, it means that criticism of people for saying disgusting things is the only proper way to handle it.

Oddly enough, it's not the US where an athlete was recently brought up on criminal charges for saying to another player, "do you think I called you a black c*nt?"
2013-06-30 03:00:46 AM  
2 votes:
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Uncle Remus and Friends

2013-06-30 01:17:35 AM  
2 votes:

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 01:04:31 AM  
2 votes:
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 12:51:34 AM  
2 votes:

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 12:35:01 AM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-06-30 12:16:41 AM  
2 votes:
Talking animals? Just wait 'til these guys hear about the Chronicles of Narnia!
2013-06-30 12:15:31 AM  
2 votes:
3. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
When: 2006
Why: Talking animals are somehow considered an "insult to god,"


2006??? Oh for F*CK'S SAKE. Did they try to ban Disney movies, too?
2013-07-01 04:14:08 AM  
1 votes:
meanmutton: Huck Finn, for one.

That said, they tend to spend their censorship trying to censor political speech.


No, liberals don't ban books. You're talking about Political correctness. Political correctness isn't liberal; it's another form of intolerance.

If a white supremacist was invited to a public political debate, the politically correct would try to silence him/her or disrupt the event. Liberals would participate and meet the supremacist's arguments with counterarguments and actual facts.

Again; political correctness is not liberal.
2013-06-30 10:31:31 PM  
1 votes:

NotARocketScientist: muck4doo: Anyone else have pancakes at Sambo's?

I remember going to Little Black Sambo's once as a kid while on vacation. It was a Denny's type place. They had a story book about an African kid named Sambo that detailed the kid outsmarting a tiger to avoid being eaten. At the time I didn't see it portraying blacks in a bad light, but I was about 8 at the time and it had not yet occurred to me that people would put effort into making other people look bad based on race.



I remember eating at one on the Oregon coast sometime around 1963.  It had a huge depiction of some black kid tricking a tiger into running around a palm tree until the tiger turned into butter.  The kid was dressed up like I would imagine someone from India would wear (my knowledge being gleaned from the Ripley's Believe It Or Not books my grandmother kept).
2013-06-30 04:46:47 PM  
1 votes:
I love these lists.  Lets me get a good idea of what to read to my children (assuming I ever have any).

I remember the county librarian chiding my mother for letting me read IT at age twelve.  My mom shrugged and said "He's already read your young adult section, if he can't handle it, he'll stop reading it."
2013-06-30 03:26:25 PM  
1 votes:

muck4doo: Anyone else have pancakes at Sambo's?


I remember going to Little Black Sambo's once as a kid while on vacation. It was a Denny's type place. They had a story book about an African kid named Sambo that detailed the kid outsmarting a tiger to avoid being eaten. At the time I didn't see it portraying blacks in a bad light, but I was about 8 at the time and it had not yet occurred to me that people would put effort into making other people look bad based on race.
2013-06-30 02:41:16 PM  
1 votes:

orbister: meanmutton: Because I choose not to use a word that would cause distress to my (biracial) nieces and some of my friends and co-workers

And the word is choose. Drew doesn't let us choose.


It's Drew's website, not ours.  Don't like it?  Start your own.
2013-06-30 12:59:25 PM  
1 votes:
Not that they should be banned but Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz weren't meant for kids. Oz being political satire. The wizard being Willam Jennings Bryan. With the silver slippers, gold brick road all being metaphors.
2013-06-30 12:22:27 PM  
1 votes:
Anyone else have pancakes at Sambo's?
2013-06-30 11:07:26 AM  
1 votes:

WizardofToast: Why: All public libraries in Chicago the book because of its "ungodly" influence "for depicting women in strong leadership roles." In 1957, the Detroit Public Library banned the book for having "no value for children of today."

We could ban books for having no value to kids? May be needed for the Twilight series.




At least the Bible is full of tales for children.

One of my favorites.

22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.

24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.

26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.

27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.

29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.
Judges 19
2013-06-30 11:01:09 AM  
1 votes:
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2013-06-30 10:14:15 AM  
1 votes:
The Giving Tree was by Shel Silverstein. He publicly hated children and said the book was about what ungrateful little pricks they can be.
 Shel Silverstein is much more fun if you understand his point of view.
2013-06-30 10:00:24 AM  
1 votes:
haven't believed anything from buzzfeed for a long time. just look at their chemicals in food article.
2013-06-30 09:49:43 AM  
1 votes:

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: And what is at heart a surprisingly positive view of Islam (and other faiths in general), for that matter.


I always thought that the view of Islam (Tash) in the Narnia books was thoroughly unpleasant and the Calormenes a racist caricature  of everyone in the middle east. Then you get to the Last Battle and find out that anyone who did good in Tash's name was a Christian Aslanian all the time, so that's OK.

The whole series is spectacularly racist, sexist and snobbish: the rights of white humans to rule over other sentient, talking creatures; the inferior roles of women and so on. Pushing Christianity is the least of Narnia's faults.
2013-06-30 08:15:19 AM  
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I'm not a fan of banning books. But the Giving Tree needs to be burned and all records of its existence wiped off the face of the planet!

Let me guess. You have an Ayn Rand RealDoll in your closet, don't you?


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2013-06-30 03:24:45 AM  
1 votes:
WHO THE FARK BANS CHARLOTTE'S WEB?


/or any of these books, for that matter
2013-06-30 01:35:16 AM  
1 votes:
I thought that list was going to consist of nothing but Judy Blume books.

/disappointed
2013-06-30 01:32:30 AM  
1 votes:
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 01:19:00 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:15:06 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:59:49 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:55:08 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:36:59 AM  
1 votes:
I wonder how many people who are shocked by this list are as interested in Paula Deen's public flaying.
2013-06-30 12:36:19 AM  
1 votes:

WizardofToast: Is there even a dime left in Kansas's education system?


No, they lost it all trying to defend their decision to teach creationism in science class.
2013-06-30 12:34:19 AM  
1 votes:
Wait, Charlotte's Web was banned in 2006?! For talking animals?! Is there even a dime left in Kansas's education system?
2013-06-30 12:34:16 AM  
1 votes:

brantgoose: People who ban children's books are completely wacko.

Masturbation in Alice in Wonderland? I've read that book many times and I've yet to find anything sexual.

The political and religious lunacy goes without saying.

But I suppose that you could find The Lorax and The Giving Tree anti-chain saw. But who speaks for the trees, people? Who speaks for the trees?


Yeah I dont even think Zombie Freud could find most of the undertones claimed.
2013-06-30 12:32:07 AM  
1 votes:
Banning books? Have we learned nothing for Footloose?
2013-06-30 12:31:28 AM  
1 votes:

doglover: The Stealth Hippopotamus: I'm not a fan of banning books. But the Giving Tree needs to be burned and all records of its existence wiped off the face of the planet!

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Whatever works. Just so long as the boy turns into a man that can take care of himself and doesn't end up broke and alone sitting on the used up corpse of his only friend.

And didn't it bother anyone else that the boy always demanded things and never bothered to say thank you? My boys (then 6 & 3) pointed that out to me.
2013-06-30 12:28:29 AM  
1 votes:
Winnie the Pooh is definitely gay, and maybe into bestiality, too.
2013-06-30 12:22:22 AM  
1 votes:
If animals that can talk are an insult to Gerd, then what is Sarah Palin?
2013-06-30 12:20:35 AM  
1 votes:
Banned? As in they're illegal for sale and all copies within the state have bee destroyed???

That's awful.
 
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