Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Don't Read that you Moron

People are still trying to get books banned.

Book banning has been a hot button issue for me for a long time. I love to read, I love books, and people banning them makes me ill. Especially some of the reasons people want to ban books. Let's take a look at some recent ones shall we?

In Salmon Idaho a Minister wanted the book 'The Chocolate War' banned. See the aritcle, because and I quote,

"portrays Christians in a negative light."

Now. I have read The Chocolate War.

Has this Minister ever read the bible?

As far as sex, violence and being frightening and depending on your view a potentially damning view of Christianity The Chocolate War has nothing on the Bible. Nothing.

Not to mention all that preaching about love thy neighbor and judge not lest ye be judged. The latter is a feat few Christians can lay claim to. Come on now.

Frequently people wh are in a lather over some book or film cite our founding fathers. How ashamed they'd be and how appalled they'd be. What they often seem to forget is the following:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Contrary to what a lot of people might think that means all of us.

I am an ardent supporter of the First Amendment. To the point that I would rally to support someone spewing hateful rhetoric, I would (and have) vocally and spiritually supported people who hate me for a variety of reasons. Say what you will. You want to say you hate evil faggot nigger liberals? Say it. I don't agree but I respect your right to the thought and to express said thought.

Hateful acts? That is something else entirely.

I do not support hateful acts (hate crimes, beatings, terrorizing abortion clinics or churches, terrifying Muslims or followers of Islam etc). You have your right to feel how you want to but not the right to harm other people.

No matter what your political leanings, religious beliefs or whatever is important to you, that you check out this site. First Amendment Center. Know your rights. Understand your rights. In the political climate we live in it's more important than ever to be cognizant of what rights you do and do not have.

Don't put up with the bullshit people. This is America act like it.

1 comment:

Your Loving Lyricist, Anthony said...

"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means." - George Bernard Shaw

I've been away for a long time, love. But I'm back now and feeling more than a bit irreverent.

Let's burn it all down...

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