This article is kind of old, but it shows the basics of what people from the neo-conservative, fundamentalist frame of mind are thinking when it comes to Harry Potter. Basically, this crazy fundie from Loganville, Georgia thought back in 2006 that "books that promote evil - as she claims the Potter ones do - help foster the kind of culture where school shootings happen" and that "that would not happen if students instead read the Bible."
And I couldn't agree more... there weren't any guns thousands of years ago... the bible says to stone people, duh.
She also said that "teachers do not assign other religious books like the Bible as student reading."
1. How the hell is Harry Potter a religious text and
2. Yes, they do. I remember being in high school and doing two weeks on the Psalms as literature in my English class.
What a load of crap.
Seriously, read the article or just Google Harry Potter and banned to see what comes up.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This is the first day of national Banned Books week. See previous post if you missed what this is all about.
Found this video on "The Shifted Librarian." Just thought it was great.
Nothing of any great importance to post today. BBW is just getting started. I'll have more up all week.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Well, Banned Books Week is just around the corner. That simple time of year when Librarians' thoughts turn to love... of profanity and sex and religion and political dissent and witchcraft and drug use and violence and LGBT issues. For those of you who don't know, Banned Books Week is celebrated once a year by librarians, English teachers, and other like minded people who believe that no book should be dis-allowed by anyone anytime. Every year the theme is thought up by the American Library Association (ALA). This years theme is "Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas." There's lots of stuff to buy from ALA, but many libraries just make up their own ways to celebrate, like this. Simple stuff, but it's enough to get people to think.
I'm going to try to post something about banned books every day in the coming week, beginning Sunday, about book banning and the like.
Friday, September 19, 2008
The title of the blog itself shows the combination of the two things in my life that really show what I am. I work at a university library at the main circulation desk. I will be putting up interesting news, photos, video, personal accounts, etc. etc. about both atheism and librarianship. How often will these two things come together? Who knows. But we'll see...