Censorship stinks. Throughout the years, organizations and entire communities have banned many classic works of literature.
It is the position of Erie Square Gazette’s editorial staff, to stand up against censorship.
Censorship in any form is not what our country was founded on.
Our nation’s Bill of Rights states: “Congress shall make no law respecting a establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
We have included a partial listing of books from the AARP website. Books, that for one reason or another, have been banned somewhere in the United States of America.
- “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852
- “A farewell to arms” Ernest Hemmingway, 1929
- “The grapes of wrath” John Steinbeck, 1939
- “For whom the bell Tolls” Ernest Hemmingway
- “Animal Farm” George Orwell, 1945
- “1984” George Orwell,1949
- “Slaughterhouse-Five” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1983
- “On the origin of Species” Charles Darwin, 1859
- “The Lord of the Rings trilogy” J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954
- “The Last Temptation of Christ” Nikos Kazantzakis, 1960
- “Harry Potter” series, J.K. Rowling,1997-2007
American Library Association’s annual banned books week is Sept. 25-Oct 2. Get involved. Read the classics that are disappearing from our nation’s schools and communities.
Phi Theta Kappa’s Lambda Mu chapter at St. Clair County Community College has been reading classics such as “The Color Purple” Alice Walker, 1982.
Their next month selection is: “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, 1937. Both of these books are on the banned book list.
SC4’s new book reading club’s first reading selection is “The Gathering” by Anne Enright of Dublin. Information on either group reading selections can be obtained by contacting Lambda Mu Advisor Angela Heiden at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor James Neese at: email@example.com.
“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” ~Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959.
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