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Diary: Banned Books Week...

22nd - 28th September 2019 across the UK and US

Link Here 10th September 2019

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community 204 librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types 204 in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week UK is a nationwide campaign for radical readers and rebellious readers of all ages celebrate the freedom to read. Between 22 -- 28 September 2019, bookshops, libraries, schools, literary festivals and publishers will be hosting events and making noise about some of the most sordid, subversive, sensational and taboo-busting books around.

Index On Censorship highlights an example of the censorship

On 19 October 2018, the city of Orange City, Iowa, held a LGBT+ pride parade downtown, and a drag queen story hour in the public library. One man, however, had already checked out of the festivities--and he had taken several library books with him.

Paul Dorr, the director of the Christian organisation Rescue the Perishing , posted a live video to Facebook about an hour before the parade was scheduled to start. During the video Dorr recited a Rescue the Perishing blog post entitled May God And The Homosexuals of OC Pride Please Forgive Us! and threw four books he claimed were from the library into a flaming trash can.

The books Dorr burned in were all LBGT-themed children's books: Two Boys Kissing , by David Leviathan, is a tween romance; Christine Baldacchino's Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress is about a young boy who enjoys wearing a dress; This Day in June, by Gayle E. Pitman, is a picture book about pride; and Suzanne and Max Lang's Families, Families, Families! is a children's book about nontraditional families.

After the due date for the books he had checked out passed without their return, the Orange City Attorney's Office arrested Dorr and charged him with fifth-degree criminal mischief. He has elsewhere insisted that the library has no grievance against him because he sent in money to cover the replacement costs, But Dorr will still stand trial 6 August, 2019.



Super Bigot vs the Avengers...

Brazilian mayor bans Avengers comic book for featuring a gay kiss

Link Here 9th September 2019
The collected edition of Avengers: The Children's Crusade has been banned from a Brazilian book festival for featuring a kiss between two male characters.

In an unexpected move, Rio de Janeiro mayor Marcelo Crivella has announced that the translated edition of the Marvel comic book series Avengers: The Children's Crusade would be removed from the literary festival Riocentro Bienal do Livro so as to protect the city's children from what he described as sexual content for minors.

The so-called sexual content in question is an on-panel kiss between two fully clothed male characters, Wiccan and Hulkling, who are in committed relationship.

Officials at the festival initially refused to comply with the order, although the matter was complicated by the fact that the majority of outlets didn't have the material in stock in the first place, with the one storefront that did reporting that copies had already sold out two days earlier.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child...

Nashville catholic school bans Harry Potter books over their 'real' spells

Link Here 3rd September 2019
A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee has banned the Harry Potter series because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic, as well as spells, which, if read by a human can conjure evil spirits, according to the Tennessean.

The publication obtained an email from Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at Saint Edwards Catholic School parish, which was sent to parents. In the email, Reehil explains in the email that he has consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome, and it was recommended that the school remove the books, the Tennessean reports.


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