Banned Books Week
‘Tis a great time to think of our freedom, as over the years, various people and groups have tried banning, and even destroying books, stifling the free exchange of ideas. For if people’s minds are in jail, it matters not if the body is free to roam the nation.
Too many have tried to limit what we read; the list is long and tragic. School Boards are pressured into removing books, (Most often by organized religious groups) churches tell members not to read certain materials, or even murder people for spreading the contents of some books. Nazi Germany and the USSR aren’t the only culprits, even the USA has tried to regulate what we see and hear. Extremists of all sorts also try to prohibit people from reading some books, or thinking dangerous thoughts, asking dangerous questions. In this country, the Christian extremists are the biggest threat to our freedom to read as we chose, although many others of all stripes likewise try to suppress thoughts and ideas they do not like. For to question the authority of the boss, the god, or the dogma leads to people making up their own minds; they do not want that.
As our civil rights are eroded, Banned Books Week is a reminder that we must practice CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!! (A catchphrase taken from a book that many people attempt to ban…the Harry Potter series.)
If anyone tells you, “This you must not read, this you must not think, this it’s impermissible to question,” then, as far as I’m concerned, that person is trying to imprison a mind—a truly heinous crime. Read a banned book—your library is certain to have a bunch of them. Just remember, it is your right to read what you want—and if some preacher says that something is dangerous to read—he has an agenda that demands that you think his way, without thinking for yourself.
Read what you want. It's your right...don't let narrow minded people take that right away, or browbeat you into failing to exercise that right.