Ban These Evil Books

Here's a little something that's been sitting in my saved pages since October of 2009 and that I'm finally going to share. It's a list of the top ten books that were banned from American libraries in 2009 according to the American Library Association. Here we go, counting down:

  • Flashcards Of My Life
  • The Kite Runner
  • Uncle Bobby's Wedding
  • Gossip Girl series of books
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  • Ultima
  • Scary Stories series of books
  • TTYL; TTFN; L8R; G8R series of books
  • His Dark Materials series of books
  • And the number one book that was banned from libraries in America during 2009 is And Tango Makes Three

Wow, that last book must be pretty bad to have been banned from so many libraries eh? What horrors must be contained within for it to take the top spot three years running? Well, it's a children's picture book about penguins as you've probably already gathered from the image accompanying this.

And Tango Makes Three, released in 2005, tells the true story of two male penguins who worked together to raise a chick in the Central Park Zoo. Perhaps because it has two males taking positive roles in a familial social situation, the book has been branded as anti-family, anti-religion and anti-ethnic amongst many other complaints from people who obviously don't want their children exposed to the possibility of having the idea that two creatures of the same gender don't commit evil sins when they get together to raise a child.

You can read more about the court cases both for and against general distribution of And Tango Makes Three, as well as the true story it's based on, here.

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12 thoughts on “Ban These Evil Books

  1. I don`t know about the rest of the list, but The Kite Runner is an excellent book (also an excellent movie). I am wondering what is in that book that made it banned :sherlock:

  2. Homophobic library much? I don't really know what the other ones are either, apart from The Kite Runner, and I've only a vague idea of that.

  3. The Kite Runner was probably banned because of the description of the slave that was raped by another guy? I liked the movie, but I really think the book sucked bigtime. It's the first time I experienced a movie being better than the book it's based on.To ban a childrens book about male penguins… aw come on! 🙄

  4. Faul language, homosexuality and atheism seems to be something that the responsible people don't like children to be exposed to. Back in the fifties it was porn and communism. In the late sixties America experienced a small sexual/socialistic culture revolution. Perhaps we will live to see an American badmouth antichristian gay revolution in a couple of years.

  5. After reading the actual article, I was so incensed I had to leave a comment! :furious: This woman's actions were not well recieved in general, by the way.

  6. Jeez… I don't know any of the titles either (except for the Kite Runner), but this is just crazy.(Unless "Flashcards Of My Life" is a photo book of a gross man flashing random people.)And that woman in the related news link… A rolleyes smiley is just not enough.

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