If I were king, cartoon animals would be required to wear trousers. Sure, there would be protests and talk of constitutional violations, yet I would not rest as long as a single pig stuttered sans pantaloons.
As my lust for power grew I would enforce whimsical proscriptions, banning all music sung by pop stars named after Rocky Mountain states, and outlawing paintings depicting unicorns. Turning to the world of letters, I would summarily destroy all books containing the words “exegesis” or “shapeshifter.” And I would laugh cruelly.
During this year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, take some time to examine books that have been banned (actually removed from a library or school system) or challenged (presented as a book that should be banned). Here are a few titles designated as frequently challenged books by the American Library Association, along with reasons behind their controversy:
Obviously the motivations for challenging these books were extremely important to someone. However, having read many of these books, I find it difficult to understand the perceived threats. If the Stupids want to sleep with their feet on pillows at the head of the bed, so be it! Happily, people in the United States are free to express their opinions, no matter how wrong they may be. Banned Books Week reminds us that there are those who would try to take away that freedom.
For more information go to the American Library Association website and check out their lists of frequently challenged books. Maybe even read one and try to understand what the hullaballoo is all about. Myself, once I’ve trousered the pig I plan on checking in with Huck and Jim.