This hate crime bill has me thinking. How much of a leap will it be for them to start banning books as hate propaganda? It shouldn't take too long. In 1998 Canadian Border Guards seized books, claiming that they were hate material, one of those books was on Irish Fairy Tales.
We talk a lot about our freedoms, our guns, our speech, but what about our literature? We all have different thoughts, and loves, passions and loathings, and there are many of us that express ourselves with the written word. What we read should be up to us, and what a writer talks about should be up to them. Not an over zealous organization or Government entities. This link will take you to who is doing the banning.
I went to the Project Gutenberg website last night and looked up the banned and Challenged books. Project Gutenberg is a wonderful resource for readers. They have free no strings attached, no returns, no fees, un-copyrighted literature for all to see. You can read online, you can download and print and you can even share it with friends without breaking a single law.
Here is a list of the banned or challenged books I found there:
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Leaves of Grass
Woman in Love
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Native Son
Song of Solomon
For a full list of Banned and Contested books you can find lists here at Pelham Library (pdf)
or at Banned and Controversial Books were you can download Thomas Paine's Common Sense free.
"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
-- Harry S. Truman, message to Congress, August 8, 1950