Liberal Book Banning Ahoy!

When redbloodedgirl tweeted this (“Court upholds firing dance teacher for music mentioning GOD–in SWAHILI–tho played for its African rhythm http://tinyurl.com/yaywcsc“), my blood ran cold and my head almost exploded.  You don’t have to be a “person of faith” to understand what is so terribly, reprehensibly wrong with this. Firing a teacher for teaching something that contains a reference to God?  Where does that end?  How can you teach about the founding of this country without any reference to God?  Exactly what documents, from the Gettysburg Address to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, can you teach in a classroom that has abolished the word “God”?  How do you teach about the Crusades (or any period of history for that matter?), the history of astronomy, the great philosophers from Plato and Socrates to Descartes to Nietzsche?  For surely, even the refutation of God would be a fire-able offense if it’s the mere mention of the word, “God,” that has cost this music teacher her job?

What books, indeed authors, are going to be banned as teachers across the nation scour their course materials for any and all mentions of the word “God” that they can keep their jobs?

The obvious ones are off the school library shelves and off course syllabi in no time:  Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Milton’s Paradise Lost (and Paradise Regained) and his great Samson Agonistes–actually, just burn all of Milton’s works, the man had a pesky proclivity for sneaking God into everything, even discourses on politics and divorce. Toss all of the Romantics onto the pile, they either mention God or a Creator in every damn thing and should not be taught–buh-bye Wordsworth, Shelley (both of you! No Frankenstein for us, alludes to God in the first letter and actually mentions the word “Heaven” there!), Keats, Coleridge, et al.

Latin American magical realists are certainly off the reading list, so good-bye One Hundred Years of Solitude (one of the greatest books evah!), good-bye Isabelle Allende, Marquez, and Carlos Fuentes. And no more American writers for anyone, ever.  That Nathaniel Hawthorne, H. D. Thoreau, Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Ernest Gaines, Willa Cather . . . you name one, they did it, they dropped the G-bomb.

This is all off the top of my head, and I’m sure I’m missing many more like Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Mathew Arnold, Auden, Dante, Robert Frost, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Thomas Harding, Cervantes, Goethe, Dylan Thomas (one of my personal favorites), and on and on.  And on.  I’m actually hard-pressed to think of any author or poet worth studying in school who does not reference God in some way.

I’m already upset about the removal of God from our daily lives, but from education?  What’s left to teach?  Gay penguin stories and maths?  Songs of worship and prayers to BO?

Firing someone for teaching a piece of music that refers to God sets a frightening precedent.  Do you really, even if you don’t personally believe in God, want it to go this far?  Literature is my personal interest, but how can we teach any art at all if we ban “God”?  What about music, sculpture, painting?  Or history?  Or science?

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13 thoughts on “Liberal Book Banning Ahoy!

  1. i remember seeing you retweet that. it's mind-boggling. i guess i should be glad that my choir director from high school has retired from teaching because all of the good songs we sang had a religious bent to them. things are just spinning out of control…

  2. ok, i went to read the article fully. this quote just smacked me in the face, “At trial, lawyers for the school district argued that Villalobos did not have a discrimination case because she had not suffered as much as the Jews in Nazi Germany.” what? she was supposed to be gassed to death before she could feel properly discriminated against? what?

  3. They really are, Kerry, and this latest firing is really dangerous. Songs don't have to contain the word “God” to be religious, what about the great classical works that are religious in nature? It's time to take a stand against these liberal organizations that are systematically destroying our culture, heritage, and right to religious expression. There's no more room for us to sit back in shamed silence because it's “un-PC” to mention God or Christ or to read a book that contains the word “God.” It's gone too far when teachers are being fired for teaching credible materials and for saying grace on school grounds when no children are even present (actually, he was arrested, I'm not sure he was fired) and when schoolchildren are told they cannot write biblical verses on poster board. That's simply freedom of expression, freedom of religious expression, which is exactly what our Constitution is intended to PROTECT. I'm fuming furious about this.

  4. OMG, I know, Kerry, that's the bent of “liberal logic” these days, though. It's okay to suppress Christians because they've been enjoying the spotlight for so long (never mind the feeding of Christians to lions thing, that doesn't matter); it's time for some “social justice” (i.e. payback), let's shut those stupid Christians up, banish their God from our society, and celebrate Muslim and Buddhism and whatever else, as long as it's not Christian. The hypocrisy of it is outrageous enough, but when you start messing with BOOKS, and you know that's next, I'm all in.

  5. wow, this is really perverse. Its also insane that her firing was way back in 2005! Four years later Ms. Villalobos has still not been served justice. Pathetic.

  6. Hi Velcro! 🙂 Yes, it's perverse, and how our system works. Legal cases sit on back burners for ages before going to trial. These things come to light because of the enormous growth of the conservative blogosphere in the past (oh, say) nine months or so. 😛

  7. The state church of secularism has become far to powerful. We really need to take back our schools. In the military I work with many young kids just out of high school. Most of them have no idea what is in the bill of rights.

  8. Precisely, Velcro. 🙂

    Chick, I believe this, too, but it can't happen until we get the word out just how egregious it has become and threatens to become. Honestly, I can't imagine any but those on the far left kookiest fringe thinking it's okay to fire teachers for teaching material that contains the word “God.” Is there anything more intellectually dishonest than limiting access to knowledge to drive a single worldview? (as for Sat, I'm going to try, I only found out when I sent you that note, so I'm not positive.)

    Hi Trestin and welcome! They aren't as powerful as we are; there are far more of us than of them, and groups like Pacific Legal are actively working with people are victimized and having their rights destroyed by groups like the ACLU. We need to support such groups and not sit back and let this happen. It's time WE started complaining to school officials, threatening law suits, and fighting back. I'm sick to death of the PC culture, and frankly, this is the last straw for me. Enough is enough. And I'm not at all surprised that kids out of high school don't know the Bill of Rights; that's the sort of travesty we need to fix. I bet they do know all about what a horrible, bullying country the U. S. and how we should feel nothing but shame and disgrace. But they don't know how to write a sentence, much less a paragraph (I know this because I teach college freshmen, and see it every day).

  9. You see! It took me a while to find my way back here (I've book marked you now) and you've filled the blogosphere with posts. I just chose this post to speak to you on because I agree so wholeheartedly. But don't worry, Fuzzy, this is becoming so silly, there will be a backlash in due course.

  10. Neil! Yay! ::: doing happy dance ::: Wonderful to see you.

    I've been inspired by the outrage muse of late, so have been a bit prolific. True. I think that a backlash is already starting, people are really horrified by what is happening to and in this country. We've been silent, well apart from griping and blogging, for years; this chipping away at God in our society started long before BO was elected. But it was people like him, and in some cases actually him in his “community organizer” guise, who've been dismantling this country brick by brick, tenet by tenet.

    We, being you and I, have discussed a rather slow awakening to the PC culture's hold on us and its stripping away of our rights. Now, though, things are coming to a head. Moderates and Conservatives have accepted so much that they just can't take it anymore. The country is becoming unrecognizable to many of us, and while that elates some people, it does not elate most of us.

    BO is the best thing to happen to the republican party since Jimmy Carter, maybe more so because with the internet now, we can all find each other, share ideas, plan demonstrations (no, I'm not yet managed to drag myself off of my couch, but I will), etc.

    Anyway, I can't seem to shut up I'm so excited to see you here! 🙂

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