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Here We Go Again, Harry Potter and the Religious Controversies.... Censorship... Basically.....

Discussion in 'News & Politics' started by Thief King Bakura, Sep 3, 2019.  |  Print Topic

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  1. Peter Smith
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    That is slippery-slope reasoning though. I imagine the National Socialist party in the 1930'3-1940's also felt knowledge that contradicted their worldview should be banned, so they "banned" books that people could get elsewhere, especially with the huge underground economy and the lack of computerized tracking. But my response to the leader of that party would be the same as to anyone who bans books, "what we, as humans, can learn about and know is not something any other human should dictate or try to control". Oh...and if your reasoned argument to allow 50 Shades of Grey in schools was accepted, then congratulations on promoting free thinking. I am pretty sure that book is considered literary art, and not pornography, and many kids might find it laying around in their parents room. I am also sure that for a child, it would be a lot harder to understand, and be, therefore, too boring, compared to a Harry Potter book.

    Ok, I am going to disengage from further dialogue on this topic. We have made our respective points and now seem to be reiterating and going around in circles. There's no point in flogging a dead horse. We are on different ends of a continuum on this one.

    Good discussion, thank you. I think I am going to follow a different thread now. Good luck with it if you stay!
     
  2. Peter Smith
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    oh...parting note...I know your name, because it is the same as mine...and one thing about what it means in relation to "judge not lest ye be judged", judgement starts with assumptions about others. How sure are you about the statement you are "sure the entire school board and 99% of the parents would be completely fine with their children having no concept of magic outside of religious perceptions." That sounds very much like a generalization, stereotyping. Not all people who are on school boards, and not all parents who send their children to a seperate school, do so because they are strict followers of a particular denomination. They may do so because its the first job they could get with their professional credentials, or because they feel their children are safer there. It would be interesting to see what say the parents had in the decision and if they had a vote in the book banning.

    But I need to stop engaging in this debate before I fall into the trap of argument for its own sake. Best of luck on this thread!
     
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    This is a generalisation yes ^. Considering the book was removed from the library I do feel like we can state that the majority of the school board agree with this statement, or the book wouldn't have been banned.

    I understand your arguments and think the main point of disagreement is that you view this is a ban (and have compared it to governments banning books), while I just see it as a private institution choosing not to put a book on a shelf.

    Apart from that, I believe we have the same opinions regarding true banning of any literature or government censorship. <3
     
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