You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups.

New York Underground Library, Ourit Ben-Haim
New York Underground Library (photo by Ourit Ben-Haim)

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Banned in Tucson™ author Patricia Williams takes on the rising tide of academic book bannings, firings, and the growing disregard for scholarship in the USA.

Speaking of the growing disregard for scholarship, Rush Limbaugh supports replacing the teaching of actual history with the teaching of American exceptionalism. Would you be surprised to learn he has a financial stake in the textbook business?

The conservative school board members in Gilbert, Arizona who voted to cut pages out of a high school honors biology textbook have formally agreed to hand over their scissors. Score one for the good people of Gilbert, who voted them out of office, and School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, who refused to pull the book and fought the board every step of the way.

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In Richmond, Virginia, another worrisome attempt at censorship in local schools. While not outright book-banning, requiring teachers to get parental permission before teaching certain books or showing certain documentaries, will likely have the same effect.

Clearly everyone has heard about the briefly-withdrawn movie The Interview, so I won’t recap that story here. This is not the first time Hollywood has censored itself, and it likely won’t be the last. Remember that movie where the teenaged girl gets an abortion and is happy she did? Me neither.

Also, this:

[Kim Jong Un’s] actions emulate those of hard-left feminists, radical Muslims, university administrators, and others who seek to prevent the publication or distribution of material they deem offensive.

Worth a look: Fat Angie author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo talks about censorship.

Ending on a happy note: The Miseducation of Cameron Post will remain on the shelves of Sussex Central High School Library in Georgetown, Delaware, after the school district board president abandoned his campaign to have the book banned.

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