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Today’s Irony – Let’s Burn Fahrenheit 451 October 3, 2006 7:35 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Education, Touchy Subjects
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A Houston parent wants Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic "Fahrenheit 451" banned from his daughter’s high school. Here is the best sentence from the article:

"It’s just all kinds of filth," said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read "Fahrenheit 451." [Source]

Uh, hello?! Don’t you have to read a book to pass judgement upon it? These are the same people that are making it illegal for you to buy sex toys. His rationale for the reconsideration of curriculum:

He looked through the book and found the following things wrong with the book: discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, "dirty talk," references to the Bible and using God’s name in vain. He said the book’s material goes against their religions beliefs. [Source]

Incase you have not read it or have forgotten, Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns. Firemen no longer fight fires but burn books.

"Fahrenheit 451" is a science fiction piece that poses a warning to society about the preservation and passing on of knowledge as well as asks the question about whether the government should do the thinking for the people… Other themes include conformity vs. individuality, freedom of speech and the consequences of losing it, the importance of remembering and understanding history and technology as help to humans and as hindrances to humans… [Source]

Coincidentally, we just passed banned book week which is celebrated the last week of September of every year.

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