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Title: Dangerous Books


1
Dangerous Books
  • Knowledge is powerful, dangerous, and deadly
  • Celebration of Inquiry Conference
  • February 18, 1999
  • Coastal Carolina University

2
Bonfire of the Liberties
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He who destroys a good Book, kills reason itself
  • John Milton, Aeropagitica,
  • 1644

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There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral
book. Books are well written, or badly written,
that is all.
  • Oscar Wilde
  • 1891

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racist creates an emotional
block trash inappropriate language
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A stand can be made against invasion by an army
no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.
  • Victor Hugo
  • Histoire dun Crime

8
Whenever books are burnedmen also in the end are
burned
  • Heinrich Heine
  • (1797-1856)

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Germany, 1933
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What was once thought can never be unthought.
  • Freidrich Durrenmatt
  • The Physicists

11
The burning of an authors books, imprisonment
for opinions sake, has always been the tribute
an ignorant age pays to the genius of its times.
  • Joseph Lewis
  • Voltaire The Incomparable Infidel 1929

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obscene anathema
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All censorships exist to prevent anyone from
challenging current conceptions and existing
institutions.
  • George Bernard Shaw

14
To prohibit the reading of certain books is to
declare the inhabitants to be either fools or
slaves.
  • Claude Adrien Helvetius
  • De lHomme

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a real downer sexually offensive
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Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought
  • Graham Greene
  • 1981

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Catholic Church 1559-1964
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If mens minds were as easily controlled as their
tongues, every king would sit safely on his
throne, and government by compulsion would cease.
  • Baruch Spinoza
  • 1670

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Of all the Tyrannies of human kindThe worst is
that which Persecutes the mind.Let us but weigh
at what offence we strike.Tis but because we
cannot think alike.
  • John Dryden
  • 1665

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16th Century Europe
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Every burned book enlightens the world.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1842

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12th-13th Century France
SANTO DOMINGO Y LOS ALBIGENSESPedro
BerrugueteCourtesy Art Resources, New York City
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Dont join the book burners. Dont think youre
going to conceal faults by concealing evidence
that they ever existed.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953

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The Temperature at which Books Burn
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I believe in censorship. After all, I made a
fortune out of it.
  • Mae West
  • 1971

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Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press...
  • Bill of Rights, 1791

27
vulgar words full of filth takes the
Lords name in vain
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It is most unworthy to suppress books or silence
teachers.
  • Judah Loew
  • 1598

29
Give me six lines written by the most honorable
of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang
him.
  • Attributed to Cardinal Richelieu
  • 1641

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18th Century France
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If we restrict the reading of certain books until
minds are prepared for them, the minds will never
be prepared for them.
  • A. Whitney Griswold
  • 1954

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Censorship, like charity, should begin at home
but unlike charity it should end there.
  • Clare Boothe Luce
  • 20th century

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nudity
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Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on
earth-more than ruin, even more than death.
  • Bertrand Russell
  • 20th Century

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U. S. A. 1982
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If we want truth, every man ought to be free to
say what he thinks without fear. If advocates on
one side are to be rewarded with miters, and the
advocates on the other with rope or stake, truth
will not be heard.
  • Desiderius Erasmus
  • Dec. 6, 1520

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18th Century France
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We all know that books burn-yet we have the
greater knowledge that books can not be killed by
fire. People die, but books never die. No man and
no force can abolish memory.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1942

39
God forbid that any book should be banned, the
practice is as indefensible as infanticide
  • Rebecca West (1928)

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Banned Books
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10 Most Frequently Challenged Books 1997
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
  • Its Perfectly Normal Robie Harris
  • Goosebumps Series R.L. Stine
  • Alice Series Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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10 Most Frequently Challenged Books, 1997
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
  • The Giver Lois Lowry
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck
  • Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane
  • Bridge to Terabitha Katherine Paterson

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preaches bitterness rape scene inappropriate
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It is often the best books that draw the beadiest
attention of the censors. These are the books
that really have the most to offer, the news that
life is rich and complicated and difficult.
  • Loudon Wainwright
  • 1982

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sexually graphic language explicitness
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Materials that view human life critically,
quizzically or satirically are bound to give
offense to someone.
  • John F. Baker
  • 1990

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You cannot put a rope around the neck of an
idea you cannot put an idea up against a
barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets
you cannot confine it in the strongest prison
cell that your slaves could ever build.
  • Sean OCasey
  • 1918

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corruptive obscene
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I know many books which have bored their readers,
but I know none which has done real evil.
  • Voltaire
  • 1764

50
sexually offensive anti-Christian
behavior profane immoral
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Under the mousy exterior of many a librarian
beats the fierce heart of a knight of liberty
battling the dragons of censorship.
  • Joseph Nocera
  • 1982

52
Whats a book? Everything or nothing. The eye
that sees it is all.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1834

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offensive language unsuited to age group
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Six New Reasons to Ban Books
  • It encourages children to think independently.
  • Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • It needlessly breaks wind.
  • My Teacher Glows in the Dark by Bruce
    Coville
  • It discourages learning English.
  • I Hate English by Ellen Levine

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Six New Reasons to Ban Books
  • It encourages suicide-induced reincarnation.
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
  • It causes polarization.
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • It might cause Buddhism to erupt.
  • Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki

56
Only the suppressed word is dangerous
  • Ludwig Boerne
  • 1818

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  • Presentors Peggy Bates, Micheline Brown, Jody
    Jenerett-Bushee, Charmaine Tomcyzk, Jeri Traw
  • Powerpoint Margaret Fain
  • Original images from Bonfire of the Liberties,
    used with permission.
  • http//www.humanities-interactive.org/literature/b
    onfire/
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