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Friday, November 23, 2007

The threat of censorship rears its ugly head...


As detailed in this article in the Globe and Mail, hysterical Catholics in Ontario have filed a formal complaint with their funded-by-taxpayer-dollars Halton Catholic District School Board that the Philip Pullman His Dark Materials series should be pulled from their school library.

Why?

Because Pullman is an unapologetic atheist, and the book series in question deals with the story of a corrupt religious heirarchy trying to take over the world through various acts of atrocity.

Now, let's be clear: the devout Catholic hystrionics are about Pullman's status as an atheist, and the parents who complained feel threatened by the fact that literature that is written by an atheist should be allowed in their school. They want to ban a book because they disagree with the author's personal convictions.

I can think of another devout Christian who enjoyed banning books by people with different ideologies than his own. He was an author, himself; you may have heard of his book: it's called Mein Kampf. These upstanding, church-going God-fearing Catholics are in good company, then.

Mind you, I really don't think we should expect any less considering the head of the Catholic Church is himself a former Nazi.

I'm continually amazed by the number of Christians who understand absolutely nothing about the teachings of Rabbi Joshua Ben Joseph, better known as Jesus Christ.

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