Saturday, September 27, 2008

Banned book week

I just found out that Banned Book Week has just started. And once again, I can't help wonder what goes through the head of people who challenge these books. There are books that can be considered evil in some sense - The Protocols of the Elders of Zion or The Klansman spring to mind - but only because they were part of something bigger. They were just symptoms of the antisemitism and racism, rather than the cause of it, and banning them won't help.

Of course, many of the books that people want banned, are targeted because they challenge peoples' religious views in one way or another, and by doing that, they challenge the power the religious authorities hold over others.

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