There have been numerous discussions on Booksie.com and other
writing sites about what people should or should not be writing.
I myself feel writing, speech, a person's way of life, and a
person's spirituality should not be judged and criticized by
others. If you do not like what is there have your say if you
must but then get down offyour soap box.
I do not believe in censorship. This type of mentality and trying
to foist one's own beliefs on to someone else is not the correct
procedure. There have been many times throughout history were
books were burned and certain thoughts were banned because a
group of people deemed them inappropriate.
I was in my teen years through a period in America's development
when a new wave of music and life started to emerge. The older
generation frowned on groups such as Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osborne,
Kiss, and other dark groups of my generation. They also did not
like hippies or the weird strange Gothic type children who made
an appearance for the first time.
Most of the people I see complaining or making comments about the
type of writing and music our young adults are reading and
listening to are about my age. I am grown now and still love many
of the groups I idolized in my youth. I still enjoy reading the
authors I grew found of and worshiped in my teen years. I guess I
have learned tolerance because I remember how the older
generation made me feel.
If too much is said to try and discourage a trend it causes a
rebellious nature to grow. I remember listening to certain groups
if for no other reason except that my parents disliked and
I have included several articles to refresh people on certain
things which I hope will not change.
First what freedom of speech is and also freedom of
Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak without censorship and/or limitation. The synonymous term freedom of
expression is sometimes used to indicate not only freedom of
verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting
information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice,
the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and
the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as on
The right to freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the
Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and recognized in
international human rights law in the
International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR recognizes the
right to freedom of speech as "the right to hold opinions without
interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of
Furthermore freedom of speech is recognized in European,
inter-American and African regional human rights law.
speech in the United States is protected by the
First Amendment to the
United States Constitution and by many state
constitutions and state and federal laws. Criticism of the
government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find
distasteful or against public policy, such as racism, are generally permitted. There are
exceptions to the general protection of speech, however,
including the Miller test for obscenity, child pornography laws, and
regulation of commercial speech such as advertising. Other limitations on free
speech often balance rights to free speech and other rights, such
as property rights for authors and inventors (copyright), interests in "fair" political
finance laws), protection from imminent or potential
violence against particular persons (restrictions on Hate speech or fighting words), or the use of untruths to
harm others (slander). Distinctions are often made
between speech and other acts which may have symbolic
significance. Efforts have been made to ban flag desecration, for example, though
currently that act remains protected speech.
Second the times in history when groups of people burned books
because they felt them the wrong thing to read:
B.C.-Good old Shih Huang Ti, emperor of China, had a nice little
BBQ. 460 Confucian scholars got to be the fuel for the
8- Ovid wrote about love and got the heave ho from Rome. His book
Ars Amatoria caused him to be exiled in Greece until he died.
they burned all of his books in Florence.
and a nifty bit of more current news......his book was banned by
U.S. Customs in 1928.....he must have had some wicked
Roman emperor Caligula decided that the ideas of Greek freedom of
Odyssey were not a good idea.
There was a big bonfire in Egypt. Omar burned all the volumes at
the library in Alexandria . "If these writings of the Greeks agree with
the Book of God they are useless and need not be preserved; if
they disagree, they are pernicious and ought to be
destroyed." The good news here, the books provided
heat for the city's baths for six months.
season of Florentine bonfires was given to us by Savonarola. He
invited artists and authors to join in by contributing their
works to the fire. Ironically, in May of 1498 another great
bonfire was lit-this time under Savonarola who hung from a cross.
With him were burned all his writings, sermons, essays, and
rules! William Tyndale's English translation of the New Testament
was printed 6,000 times and smuggled into England to light up the
night. The church said the Bible had to be in Latin.
Richard II that
little play from Shakespeare had a scene that ticked off the
Queen. Key word, had a scene. It was removed.
The History of the
World by Sir Walter Raleigh was deemed to saucy. Way
to go Walt!
ordered the burning of Martin Luther's German translation. Gee
whiz don't those kids ever learn?
had views not becoming the church about the solar system and his
support of the discoveries of Copernicus. He got jailed at
Crusoe was banned by the Church.
plays started being censored by the Lord Chamberlain. That ended
a few years later, 1968.
1859- The year
of Darwinism! Charles Darwin's Origin of Species was published.
Anyone up for movie time? Inherit the Wind is on somewhere I
Vatican strikes again. This time Les Miserables gets the no no
Whitman gets the last laugh. When Boston's district attorney
threatened to ban Leaves of
Grass the public went wild for it. the profits paid
for Whitman's house.
Finn started getting booed. First by the library of Concord,
Massachusetts. By 1907 it's said the novel by Mark Twain had been
banned at least once a year by some place in America.
Hemingway's books have been banned worldwide. Heck the Nazi's
hated him so much they did that old bonfire thing with his
1931- Alice in
Wonderland is banned in China. Why you ask? Because animals
shouldn't have human voice.
came up with the Padlock Act. The statute empowered the attorney general to
close, for up to one year, any building that was used to
disseminate "communism or bolshevism." (These two terms were
undefined.) In addition, the act empowered the attorney general
to confiscate and destroy any publication propagating communism
or bolshevism. Anyone caught publishing, printing, or
distributing such literature faced imprisonment for up to one
year without appeal. In 1957, the Supreme Court of Canada struck
down the Padlock Act in a case called Switzman vs.
1954- That evil
Mickey Mouse was banned from East Berlin. You know he's an
Potter's bunnies were banned in England. The novels
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and
Benjamin Bunny only showed middle class bunnies. How
very non PC!
textbook committee ruled that the diary of Anne Frank was too
much of a downer for kids to deal with. Oops, I guess impending
death is too big a subject for kids.
1987- If you
close your eyes it doesn't exist. Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
was removed by the Wake County, North Carolina reading lists. The
reason? She described being raped at seven.
2001- The U.S.A.
PATRIOT Act allows for the collection of information of every
out of a library. Hi Big Brother.
Now you decide for
yourself if you want your name added to the second list or if you
want your name on the first list. I want my name on that first