This week, freethinking, rational people around the globe celebrate Banned Books Week. It is a global initiative protesting the prohibition of the most classic, inspiring, well-written pieces of literature in the history of the world (i.e. Harry Potter series, Catcher in the Rye, Huckleberry Finn) with anti-Jerry Falwell themes from being read in school systems and borrowed from libraries. Many of the underlying themes include magic (God hates competitors), homosexuality (God hates them too, as we know from the movie, Bruno), adultery (Oh wait, isn’t this a common theme in The Bible too?!), inter-racial friendships/relationships (Heaven forbid, God might be black, Asian, and/or a Muslim!), and other thematic considerations that may give God and his cohorts the heebie jeebies.
Ironic how my three favorite books of all times make the list: 1) Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; 2) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; and 3) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
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