Katie Fedosenko

World gone mad banning books and words in nursery rhymes

IT WOULD seem that we have become a society of red tape, band-aids and cotton wool.

I remember being flabbergasted years ago when I heard Noddy had been banned from libraries and television because he was gay and slept in the same bed as a boy for the duration of the show.

Meanwhile, Humphrey B Bear was still dancing away, mutely, with no pants.

Recently, a friend brought some lists to my attention. These lists were of books banned from classrooms and libraries in Australia and overseas.

I was horrified to see James and the Giant Peach, Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte's Web, Alice in Wonderland, Green Eggs and Ham, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on a list of books banned in America.

I mean seriously, what were they thinking? So what if animals talk in these books, or a peach grows beyond a size scientifically possible, or includes words like gay or ass.

Other excuses I found on the internet for books being banned included 'criminalized the foresting industry', 'being too depressive', 'it promotes witchcraft and supernatural events', 'promotion of drug use', 'talking animals are an insult to God'; and finally 'teaching children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse'.

See the list here: www.buzzfeed.com/spenceralthouse/classic-childrens-books-that-have-been-banned-in-america

At least a list of books banned in Australia, juggling by their titles alone, mostly seem realistic as to why they might be banned.

See that list here: www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/special/exhibitions/bannedbooks/exhibition/australia.html

When I discussed this subject with people earlier today, Annette Connor made the point that most of the books banned here in Australia were written by an Arabic author and Phillip Nitschke.

"What is banned is what our authorities' fear - that we'll all turn into terrorists or euthanize ourselves, after reading books.

"Oh and 'American Psycho', which is banned in book form but not the extremely violent movie of the same name? It's pathetic, we're all adults and we should be free to make our own decision to read or not, and what to do with ideas presented in the book," Ms Connor said.

Elaine Hans said school children are not adults and do need protecting and guiding in what they read.

Filling their minds with good and wholesome literature allows their minds to grow and mature and gain wisdom.

If their minds are filled with terror and death many become desensitised and those things become a part of life to accept instead of choosing to see the possibility of a world with less horror.


What do you think?

"Do you know that my sons school has the book Revolting Nursey Rhymes!!! That is a horrid book yet they've ones that aren't half as bad," Awhina J Williams said.

"Ever notice how 15 years ago Bert and Ernie from Sesame St slept in the same bed???....banned for promoting 'homosexuality' they now sleep in 2 separate beds now. What young child thinks of sharing a bed like that?," Belinda Buckenham said.

And it seems not just books are being banned because of 'political incorrect' reasons.
Ms Buckenham said the words to 'ba ba black sheep' have been adapted in some day cares and preschools as they are 'racial insensitive'.

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