Some random thoughts on Banned Books Week:
Worried about indecency or obscenity in books? Worried about “inappropriate language”? Worried about the “fact” that if your kid reads a Harry Potter novel they will be able wave a willow twig at piles of autumn leaves and screaming “Wingardium Leviosa!” and watch them take wing and fly?…
Then don’t read those books.
But nobody has a right to ban a book, to stop ME from making up my own God-given mind, exercising my own God-given free will. I was not born a slave to any (wo)man, to be subject to other people’s whims, fancies, aberrations and terrors.
What scares YOU does not scare ME. What scares me is willful ignorance, the arrogance of thinking that one human mind knows what’s good for everyone else, the snuffing out of knowledge because it doesn’t fit dogma, the self-serving fear that enlightened minds will choose something other than what those in positions of power might want.
Free the books. Free the human mind and the human spirit. If you believe in God, trust his creation.
And go read at least one “banned” book this week. Just because.