Ed Team

The Slippery Slope of Censorship

Filed By Ed Team | October 02, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: banned books, Banned Books Week, censorship, Chris Crutcher, slippery slope

"When we ban a book about a kid on the outside, we're taking a step toward banning the kid."

--Chris Crutcher, whose books have several times landed him on the American Library Association's list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books (sometimes for homosexual content). He was speaking at the ALA's Banned Books Week Read-Out on Saturday in Chicago. (As reported by Sarah Brannen, herself on the list.)

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More irony on the censorship topic!

Why is it that when conservatives attempt to ban our books, we get angry and fight it, but when one of our own leaders bans certain types of media from a major event, we laud his courage?

Porn of any variety may not garner the same kind of sympathy as books, but as you say, it's a slippery slope from one type of censorship to others.