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Letter: Another idea for ‘Banned Books Week’


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Considering that Sept. 22 began Banned Books Week, perhaps our public library should hand out copies of “The Bible” and “The Ten Commandments,” both of which have been banned from our public school classrooms. This would give a more balanced approach to the matter than we have seen in the past.

In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to post copies of The Ten Commandments in public school classrooms for fear that impressionable young minds might be tempted to read them, meditate on them, and then obey them. …

A child in New Jersey was forbidden to choose a Bible story to read aloud in class. …

In 2010, Goddard students were suspended for giving teachers doughnuts with Bible verses. …

I daresay if a group of Muslim students had given the teachers donuts with verses from the Koran, they would be given a pass, and we would be hearing how “We must be ‘tolerant’ of other cultures and other beliefs.” In today’s atmosphere of political correctness, “tolerance” means, “We show respect to everything except Christianity.”

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We have long seen a double standard. If books are banished from public schools because of their Christian content, we call it “separation of church and state” (a phrase not found in the U.S. Constitution, incidentally).

If reading material is removed or even questioned because of obscenity or any other reason, we hear the cry “censorship.”

How far will our culture go to call evil good and good evil?

Russell A. Scott

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