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I’ll take this list in to my local library to request them when I go in to donate my spare Adam Lambert CD.
Are you kidding?
“You gotta wonder if The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was on that list—Jim and Huck spend an awful lot of time together rafting down the river. We’re just saying.”
The with “We’re just saying” add-on, I guess, alas, is that you are not kidding. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” has been on various banned book lists since it was first published, and, a century and a half later, still shows up on banned book lists, mostly now, though, because the shifting political nature of language — for Huck to use the “N” word was an everyday life, not a hurtful slur.
I think the biggest issue with And Tango Makes Three is that it is about nature. At its core, it is still about the animal kingdom. One of the biggest arguments about homosexuality is that it is unnatural, so the fact that multiple species have same gendered relationships built into them simply invalidates that argument.
@The Real Mike in Asheville: Its funny because the original reason they wanted it banned was because Huck was friends with a fugitive slave, and that switched to Huck using the “N” word. Kind of tells you how times have changed for the better!
When someone wants to ban or burn a book or books, my first response is run right out and buy them and yes even read them. I seem to recall something similar occurring with the Harry Potter books. Didn’t they burn them in South Carolina ? And over the centuries many religious texts have been banned and or burned. Build a bonfire with bibles though and those bigots scream bloody murder. These knuckle dragging mouth breathers beat their chests and scream about religious freedom. But what about personal freedom ? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, free speech and all that rot ?
They are trying to put the genie back in the bottle with people knowing about homosexuality.
As an example of what knowledge can do…the Mormon church had around a 7% growth rate before 1996, however, when the internet came into wide usage and kids stuck in isolated areas could actually read things online outside of what they were told was true the membership numbers started to plunge. Now they are having large losses even among people raised in the church and their conversion numbers are almost at zero.
That is why these people want these gay books banned. If a gay teen never gets to read them, maybe they will never come out of the closet.
Sadly, they forgot the most important, and pivotal, book of my generation: THE FRONT RUNNER.
If you haven’t read that book, you know nothing about gay lit.
And I read it when it first came out.
Changed my life.
These are the exact same books from the Banned Books Week article you posted last year. Surely there has to be some other LGBT lit. that deserves writing about.
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