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Snuckles
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posted 28 September 2004 06:12 PM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This week is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week (yeah, I know we are in Canada and all, but I'm sure book banning has reared its head here too from time to time).

A list of the most frequently challenged books of 2003.

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Michelle
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posted 28 September 2004 06:31 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Very interesting - on the back of the flyer is an ad for an organization of book stores that are trying to challenge the Patriot Act, which makes it legal to force book stores to give customer information.

If I were one of those book stores, I'd be handing out flyers in the store, telling people about the Patriot Act, and urging them to pay for their books in cash instead of by debit or credit card.


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posted 28 September 2004 09:23 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Canada has Freedom to Read Week; the next one is Feb 20-26, 2005. Good detailed website by Canada Council for the Arts

They have an interesting chronology from 259 BC to Patriot Act 2001 AD.
Bannings and Burnings

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kukuchai
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posted 28 September 2004 09:23 PM      Profile for kukuchai        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So, what's next? Brown shirts raiding our home libraries and burning books in the streets?
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posted 29 September 2004 07:23 AM      Profile for voice of the damned     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I know we are in Canada and all, but I'm sure book banning has reared its head here too from time to time)

I guess you could talk to the owners of Little Sisters and Glad Day Books about that! I've been out of the country for awhile, so I'm not sure how their case turned out, but the years of legal and financial crap they were put through by our government certainly wasn't any feather in the cap for Canadian tolerance.


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skdadl
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posted 29 September 2004 07:53 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I believe that Little Sisters won their case more or less, and yet Customs Canada continued to play games with their shipments at the border -- and many of us will have had experience with the odd self-appointed Customs tyrant. I don't know whether any further legal action is under way.
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Anchoress
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posted 29 September 2004 09:17 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
HERE is the thread I started recently with the latest on Little Sisters.
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beverly
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posted 29 September 2004 12:01 PM      Profile for beverly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” (German: “"Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”)—Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821)

How true.


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posted 29 September 2004 12:43 PM      Profile for voice of the damned     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” (German: “"Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” —Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821)

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How true


But can't book-burning itself be seen as a form of speech, a way to express symbolic disagreement with the ideas in the books? If you yourself are the owner of the books, I don't think that burning them is any more a violation of free speech than if you purchase and burn the flag of a country whose policies you don't like.


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