Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Parent wants "Fahrenheit 451" banned

In what reads like a piece from the The Onion, a parent in a school district outside Houston, Texas has issued a formal challenge against allowing Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 in the local high school curriculum. Alton Verm said his 15-year-old daughter had come to him with reservations about this anti-book burning novel because of its language. After perusing the book, Vern said it contained "just all kinds of filth," and listed among its offenses descriptions of cigarette smoking, drunkeness, "dirty talk," references to the Bible and using God's name in vain. Vern's daughter and another student have been allowed to read an alternative novel with a similar theme to Fahrenheit 451.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny that this book about censorship and book burning was banned. It's not even that offensive!

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh the irony, a book about censorship is banned due to people who are too bull-headed to even consider what the hell the book is saying to them. Lets face it, if your daughter is in high-school, then she should have experienced way more than such words as "hell" or "damn." That book is like a children's story compared to what Every high-schooler hears every day.

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