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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.



Updated: Out of order...

Moralist campaigners call on Netflix to ban the Amazon Prime TV series Good Omens

Link Here 21st June 2019
About 20,000 people in the US have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Good Omens , the television series adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 fantasy novel. Unfortunately they  addressed their petition to Netflix when the series is made by Amazon Prime.

The six-part series was released last month, starring David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who collaborate to prevent the coming of the antichrist and an imminent apocalypse.

But Christians marshalled by the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, disagree. More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition in which they say that Good Omens is another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable, and mocks God's wisdom. They are calling on Netflix to cancel the show.

The publisher and science fiction critic Cheryl Morgan tweeted:

Miraculously God has already done it. Don't tell them She put it on Amazon instead.

Update: Netflix see the funny side

21st June 2019. Thanks to Wynter



Parents TV Council recommends...

Euphoria, a new TV series from HBO

Link Here 17th June 2019

The Parents Television Council has issued an urgent warning to parents ahead of the premiere of HBO's teen-targeted show Euphoria.  PTC President Tim Winter said:

Just as MTV did with Skins and as Netflix is doing with 13 Reasons Why , HBO, with its new high school centered show Euphoria , appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic adult content -- sex, violence, profanity and drug use -- to teens and preteens.

HBO might attach a content rating suggesting that it is intended for mature audiences, but let's be real here: who watches a show about high school children, except high school and junior high school-aged children?

While HBO is a premium cable network, parents who are HBO subscribers may be blindsided by HBO's new attempt to market such explicit content directly to minors. And the parental blindside is greatly exacerbated by ubiquitous streaming apps that deliver such explicit content directly to a teen's phone or computer screen. Parents urgently need to be aware of HBO's grossly irresponsible programming decision.


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