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Banned Books Week. George Orwell. Judy Bloom. Mark Twain. Erich Maria Remarque. Richard Wright. A focus on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship. Jack London. Boris Pasternak. J. D. Salinger. Salmon Rushdie. Sir Thomas Paine. Dangerous Books. Knowledge is powerful, dangerous,

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    1. Banned Books Week George Orwell Judy Bloom Mark Twain Erich Maria Remarque Richard Wright A focus on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Jack London Boris Pasternak J. D. Salinger Salmon Rushdie Sir Thomas Paine

    2. Dangerous Books Knowledge is powerful, dangerous, and deadly

    3. Bonfire of the Liberties

    4. “He who destroys a good Book, kills reason itself John Milton, Aeropagitica, 1644

    5. Slaughterhouse Five • Interview with Mark Vonnegut

    6. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Reason Too depressing • Blubber, by Judy BlumeReason The characters curse and the mean-spirited ringleader is never punished for her cruelty. • Bony-Legs, by Joanna Cole ReasonDeals with subjects such as magic and witchraft. • The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier Reason Offensive language. • Confessions of an Only Child, by Norma Klein Reason Use of profanity by the lead character's father. • Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh Reason Teaches children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse. • Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling Reason They promote witchcraft, set bad examples, and are too dark. • A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich, by Alice Childress ReasonAnti-American and immoral. • The House without a Christmas Tree, by Gail Rock ReasonUses the word damn. • In a Dark, Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories, by Alvin Schwartz ReasonToo morbid for children. • In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak ReasonNudity; Mickey loses his pajamas during his fall in the kitchen. • A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein Reason A suggestive illustration that might encourage kids to break dishes so they won't have to dry them. • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig ReasonThe characters are all shown as animals; the police are presented as pigs.

    7. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written, that is all. Oscar Wilde 1891

    8. “racist” “creates an emotional block” “trash” “inappropriate language”

    9. A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea. Victor Hugo “Histoire d’un Crime”

    10. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: • anti-ethnic; • anti-family; • insensitivity; • offensive language; • occult/satanic; • violence

    11. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer Reasons: • religious viewpoint • violence

    12. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers Reason: • offensive language

    13. #21 The Giver • Banned in California • Violent and Sexual passages • Mature themes (Ohio) • Sexuality • Suicide • euthanasia

    14. #23 To Kill a Mockingbird • Offensive language • Psychological damage possible • “Represents institutionalized racism hidden under ‘good literature’ guise • Racial slurs • Called a “Filthy, trash novel

    15. Whenever books are burnedmen also in the end are burned Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

    16. Germany, 1933

    17. What was once thought can never be unthought. Freidrich Durrenmatt “The Physicists”

    18. #4 Of Mice and Men • Banned in Ireland, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio • Profanity, using God’s name in vain • Racial slurs • Sexual overtones • Morbid and depressing themes

    19. #20 Bridge to Terabithia Numerous challenges cite: • Profanity • References to witchcraft • Disrespect of adults

    20. The burning of an author’s books, imprisonment for opinion’s sake, has always been the tribute an ignorant age pays to the genius of its times. Joseph Lewis Voltaire: The Incomparable Infidel 1929

    21. “obscene” “anathema” something or someone that one vehemently dislikes. “Racial hatred was anathema to her."

    22. All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. George Bernard Shaw

    23. #1 Harry Potter (series) • Banned and challenged for these reasons: • Witchcraft • Encourages students to practice witchcraft • Scary • Violence

    24. Burned and Banned • Burned in Alamagordo, New Mexico (2001) for being “a masterpiece of satanic deception Anti-family Encourages kids to be disrespectful Violence

    25. #6 Scary Stories Too scary Too violent Shows dark side of religion through the occult, the devil and satanism

    26. #12 The Bluest Eye Challenged and Banned for • Sexual content • Offensive language • Unsuited to age group

    27. To prohibit the reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves. Claude Adrien Helvetius De l’Homme

    28. “a real downer” “sexually offensive”

    29. Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought Graham Greene 1981

    30. Catholic Church 1559-1964

    31. If men’s minds were as easily controlled as their tongues, every king would sit safely on his throne, and government by compulsion would cease. Baruch Spinoza 1670

    32. Of all the Tyrannies of human kindThe worst is that which Persecutes the mind.Let us but weigh at what offence we strike.“Tis but because we cannot think alike. John Dryden 1665

    33. 16th Century Europe

    34. Every burned book enlightens the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1842

    35. 12th-13th Century France SANTO DOMINGO Y LOS ALBIGENSESPedro BerrugueteCourtesy Art Resources, New York City

    36. Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953

    37. #29 His Dark Materials (series) Banned/Challenged due to complaints of: • Religious viewpoint • anti-God • anti-religion • Alcohol use

    38. “Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate, to gain new maturity and understanding; otherwise our civilization will stagnate and die.”U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl WarrenSweezy v. New Hampshire (1957)

    39. #57 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • Racial bias • Racial slurs (“N” word) • Racism • Age inappropriate

    40. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press... Bill of Rights, 1791

    41. “vulgar words” “full of filth” “takes the Lord’s name in vain”

    42. It is most unworthy to suppress books or silence teachers. Judah Loew 1598

    43. #64 A Day No Pigs Would Die • Reasons: • Bigoted portrayal of baptists and women • Violence and hatred • Animal cruelty • Murder • Rape • Graphic sexuality • Animal breeding

    44. #65 Speak Reasons for challenges: • Depiction of underage drinking • Sexuality • Rape

    45. #70 Detour for Emmy • Teen pregnancy portrayal is cited most often for challenges

    46. #72 Fahrenheit 451 • Censored in Irvine, California – numerous students received copies with words blacked out • Censored words included “hell” and “damn”

    47. Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him. Attributed to Cardinal Richelieu 1641

    48. 18th Century France

    49. If we restrict the reading of certain books until minds are prepared for them, the minds will never be prepared for them. A. Whitney Griswold 1954