Last week was the Banned Books Week! I think it is a wonderful initiative that I support to the fullest, of course. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship, and often has political, religious or moral motivations. If government officials step in and ban or challenge literature that does not suit their likes, it is a certain sign on that something is not right with this society. However it is not only in the most obvious countries these things occur. In the States for instance, this week is very important because of the redneck Christian groups there supporting book burnings of the Quraan and of other books that are wrong according to them.
Chick with Books has been highlighting one book a day during that week – books that were banned or challenged in the US. She deserves a lot of cred for that!
According to her, the Christians at a 7,600-student school system in rural Virginia want to ban Anne Frank‘s remarkable diary. Why, you may ask? I asked the same question. Until it came out that Anne Frank wrote too much on sexual material and homosexual themes. Deary, deary me. Therefore, it seems that Culpeper County, Va. public school is not going to read Anne Frank at this level anymore but it will perhaps be brought up again as material at a different grade level.
“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen”