“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”, by L. Frank Baum “ banned from
libraries for having “no value” for children and supporting “negativism.”
The dictionary – “banned from libraries in California because it
has sexual definitions.
“The Diary of A Young Girl” by Anne Frank” “ The diary of a young girl who was
killed in the Holocaust” removed from a Virginia school district due to sexual
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, “ A Colorado library put
this book in a locked reference collection because a librarian thought the tale
of Charlie Bucket and his tour of a candy factory embraced a “poor philosophy of
The above are just a few of numerous incidents mentioned in the Oct 4, 2012 Christian Science Monitor article by Molly Driscoll, Staff Writer. This caused me to think
about other sanctions on behaviour / expression that seem to be increasingly
evident; all in the name of protecting someone from someone else.
As a descendant of Scottish ancestors, I laugh at stories about how tight with their money Scots are. Does it matter that this is not accurate, or is it,? No, it does not. Newfoundlander’s, a much loved people of Canada, know more Newfy jokes than most others, and laugh harder. There is rarely any malice. People laughing together or at themselves is healthy.
We can watch war movies in which the allies are fighting the Germans or Japanese; but, today we do not watch cowboys and Indians as I did when growing up. A movie
that I recently saw advertised was about cowboys and alien space invaders. I suppose that we will not be having “Rights”complaints from alien invaders in the near future. How many cowboy and indian, John Wayne type movies, have you seen lately? I’d like to see some that show the indian side of history, fiction or not.
From individual to groups, there seems to be a hyper sensitivity to a perceived sense right and wrong, or to offence.
I am confident that all my readers join me in condemning any behaviour that hurts others; but, are not things going a bit too far? So called “experts” and other do-gooders are taking society away from facing the realities of life. And, we can all cite some circumstance in which “experts” have failed. I don’t see this trend reversing anytime soon. Do you?
( This is not within the range of my usual topics; but, I just felt like I had to observe on it. Those of us in our senior years support progress; but, wonder about the direction some things are going. )
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