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Oh, you're not allowed to read.

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:23 am
by Wizard of Oz
.. the following report is sadly taken from our National Nine News ..
Three Little Pigs book 'offends Muslims'
Friday Jan 25 05:10 AEDT
A children's book based on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs has been rejected for a UK award amid fears it could offend Muslims.

Judges for the Bett Awards criticised the animated virtual book, The Three Little Cowboy Builders, saying its use of pigs as the main characters raised "cultural issues".

They also believed the book could offend builders.
.. the judges then go on to justify their position ..

.. my belief is that it is a sad day when this type of thinking is allowed to censor some books from being awarded not on their merits but on the predjudices of the judging panel .. if this line of thinking was to be employed internationally for all awards in the Arts then I can imagine that no awards would ever be made in the future .. that is unless we have catergories like ..

Best book for children in the age range 9 to 10 years old with white, employed, tetiary educated, english-speaking parents who are thin and short and who are of the New Age christian faith and live in a middle class urban suburb in a city with a population not exceeding 100 000 people.

.. then we would naturally have this same catergory for all ages of children and then by systematically changing each descriptor we would arrive at a new catergory .. now my maths isn't up to that level but I imagine that this would require quite a number of awards to be made just to cover this small area .. and for heaven's sake who hasn't been offended by a book ?? .. in many cases that is the very point that promotes positive change ..

.. anyway it is to my mind a sad day when censorship has prevailed and the racial gap has been made prominent and used to justify a personal predjudice ..

WoZ of Aus 25/01/08

Oh, you're not allowed to read.

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:06 am
by trolley
God help us all! I thought this was a joke. Be afraid, people. Be very, very afraid. I wonder if people with respiratory difficulties were offended by all the huffing and puffing in the story. I read that somewhere in New Zealand there was a mural on a building depicting Pinnochio and Gepetto. It caused some hub-bub because some children might misinterpret the image of the old man standing behind the boy and manipulating him. Is that the "Twilight Zone" music I hear?

Oh, you're not allowed to read.

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:06 am
by gdwdwrkr
Elisabeth Elliot recognized it long before it became popularized as "Political Correctness", and called it "the Tyranny of Sensitivity". ("Oh no,no take it away....I wanted tea, weak, but not too weak....and only one slice of toast, and with No butter.")

Once a person has identified a victimization to which he or she may subscribe, his or her bread is baked....always some compassionate soul will come take up the cause and advocate.