Dear People Offended By Books; Requesting Permission To Burn Them Will Drive More Attention To Them

from the that's-not-what-you-want dept

A reader named Frosty840 points out that, if you thought the idea of a good old fashioned “book burning” had gone out of style in the US, a group of offended individuals in Wisconsin are petitioning the local library for permission to burn its only copy of a book called Baby Be-Bop. A book burning? Apparently it hasn’t occurred to these offended folks that (beyond the disgrace of wanting to burn books they dislike), this entire action has only served to call a lot more attention to that book. The folks asking for the right to burn the book, are also demanding $120,000 for “being exposed to the book in a library display,” which seems likely to (again) only drive much more interest in the book. A book that can cause that much damage? Where can I get my copy?

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CopyJosh (profile) says:

Always brings me to this ruling...

“Local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books …”
— U.S. Supreme Court in Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982)

I think the same should be applied to ignorant groups of people and libraries. Hey, if Pope Paul can ban books, why can’t I? (not trying to bash Christianity.. but it’s just too easy.)

Kyle Smith says:

It's for the Children!

How about burning the Bible? Don’t want to expose any poor kids to all the demons, mythical creatures, and the violence, I bet they’d love that.

Let’s make a deal, we’ll accept you for believing in miracles and demons, and you accept that gays can’t just choose to like the opposite sex, and if that’s too hard, just accept that they actually exist in society.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: It's for the Children!

Then you’ll have to accept that ex-gays exist as well. You want the real story about that lifestyle, they’re the ones to ask. Not the ones still in it.

Anyone who claims to have changed their innate sexual orientation is probably lying and liars are not good ones to ask questions of.

jjmsan (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Actually, he or she is correct. The question becomes what is the definition of hell. Roman Catholicism believed that if you were not baptized you could not go to heaven. Since many people only have a belief in heaven or hell, obviously if you are not in heaven you are in hell. In your case you wind up there because you are so unimaginative as to use the term retard as an insult

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

“No, we just know to ignore idiots like you, cause if you don’t love Jesus, you can go to hell.”

So the usage of idiot, which originally meant someone who didn’t go to the polls and vote in Athens, is ok? And then follow that up with BS about how he was using the term “go to hell”?

C’mon, you can do better than that. Admittedly, using the word retard as an insult is/was wrong. Fortunately I don’t believe in fairy land heavens or hells, so I’ll just allow the admission of wrongdoing to suffice and not worry about the invisible man in the sky being upset with me.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

No, we just know to ignore idiots like you, cause if you don’t love Jesus, you can go to hell.

You should realize that accepting Jesus involves accepting his teachings as well. (Matthew 5:22) – “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”

Repent while you still can.

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