• Jon

    Brian’s blog posts are almost always relevant, well written, and timely. Thanks for yet another great post.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Discussion of banned books is always interesting not so much for the books themselves as for what they reveal about those who want to ban them. Almost always the argument is “Protect the chirren!” but in reality the book banners want to protect themselves. Particularly interesting is the last one, Into the River, which appears to address the Maori community of New Zealand and as such is reminiscent of the recent efforts in the U.S. to ban Sherman Alexsie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian about racism against America’s indegoneous people. The religious nuts in the pro-banning camp claim hebbin has no fiction in it. Go figure.

  • George Kniss

    Why don’t you try reading “Why I Am Not A Christian”, by Bertrand Russell, a British Philosopher, Mathemetician, and anti-nuclear weapons activist. It certainly had a a large effect on me when I read it in the early 1960’s!

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