Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Banning Books Still Booming in US

OK, pardon the alliterative headline, sometimes I just get carried away.  The story is far from amusing, though.

The school district in Republic, Montana has declared that Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Slaughterhouse-Five" was unsuitable for high-school students because, and I quote, "they teach principles contrary to the Bible". 

Let that sink in a while. 

The last time I checked we still have a constitutionally mandated separation of Church and State, so just because a book runs "contrary to the Bible" should make no difference.  Yes, it is violent and brutal and thought provoking, and just the kind of story that will catch a teenagers interest and actually make him or her THINK!

Of course the good folks in Republic don't want their kids thinking, that might lead to actual intelligence and God forbid they develop that! 

It seems to me that God's gift of our wonderful brains should be used and developed, not wasted and allowed to rot.  I seem to remember something in the Bible itself about that.

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