Sunday, June 25, 2006

more bans to protect our children

In Wake County (somewhere in North Carolina, USA), parents and activist Christian groups have objected to certain books.
A local Christian activist group named Called2Action, and some parents were upset that their children were required to read books like "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, complaining that the books contain "vulgar and sexually explicit language."
School officials said five books were formally challenged this school year, including classic books and popular children's books: "The Chocolate War," by Robert Cormier, "Cassell's Dictionary of Slang" by Jonathon Green, "Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky, Peaky Spying" by Barbara Park, "Reluctantly Alice" by Phyllis Reynolds and "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak.
"In the Night Kitchen," a children's cartoon book by author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, contains a picture of a naked boy with what appears to be genitalia.

Read more from - American ABC11 TV

In news from Australia, the Australian (federal) government is spending A$ 117 million (of taxpayers' money) to provide internet porn filters to parents to protect their children. See - The Australian of 22 June 2006.

There is some dissent, a notable and interesting one from Jack Marx who claims this is censorship.

And in more news from Australia, following concerns by a few politicians (about gratuitous nudity and displays of sexuality), the 'adults only' broadcast of (Australian) Big Brother has been axed. See - ABC News.

Frankly, these bans don't go far enough. Children should be protected from the immorality of the world, as should adults. Nudity is just not natural. If God intended people to go naked, he wouldn't have made them wear clothes. And sex? Oh my goodness, that leads to unwanted pregnancies and the spread of disease. People should be neutered just like dogs and cats, then they wouldn't show any interest in such things.

Parents pay taxes and elect politicians who in turn should take the responsibility of protecting children and the community from such vulgar and distasteful ideas and images. After all, parents work and are very busy people, so can't always keep an eye on their children

Frankly, any book which depicts violence, murder, torture, incest, rape, wars, masturbation etc should be banned. Oh, that would be the Bible. Nevermind, just ban that too.

Aldous Huxley had the right idea in Brave New World. The government should really try and control what people think for their own protection. After all, people are just too busy to take responsibility for their own children and themselves.

Perhaps the United States and Australian governments could learn a thing or two from the governments of the People's Republic of China, and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea).

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


I had a wonderful day with my human today. We listened to some more cool music - Editors and The Kooks. Despite what I wrote last night, there was no opera for today.

This evening, Lily and Jimmy's humans Brian and Jackie came over for some homemade pea and ham soup which had been simmering on the stove for about six hours. I did get a bit of lap time with them.

I better get my human off to bed as he will have to get up early tomorrow to go to work.


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