U. promotes freedom to read during Banned Books Week

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  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    Oct. 1, 2015 10:47 a.m.

    It's interesting that people on college campuses speak out against censorship when they are among the most intolerant places in our country today.

    Sometimes the word "banned" is given a negative image when it actually means someone used good judgment. A book with child pornography should be banned from an elementary school library. That's a GOOD decision. To say censorship or banning is always wrong is ridiculous.

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    Oct. 1, 2015 8:45 a.m.

    Interesting that comedians are now staying away from college campuses because of the censorship of political correctness. Some librarians will go to the grave for the right for students to have pornography in front of their students' eyes, but will be the first to burn the bible, the constitution, or any other tract that promotes the ideas in those books, ideas, just for the record, that have secured the freedom that allowed the librarians to speak in the first place. Irony abounds.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 1, 2015 7:44 a.m.

    What if there was a book describing scenes that would be rated R (or even X depending on camera angle). Would it be OK to keep that book out of general circulation at a middle school?

    The ALA says no. And on that point I must disagree with them. Parents who want to shelter their own children from pornography have just as much right as those who believe anything goes.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2015 7:20 a.m.

    Well, it appears Hutterite has provided a free pass to the "tightly conservative" to censor away... ;)

    Seriously, though, I'm guessing your comment was meant to be sarcastic. To single out only conservatives and make such a sweeping generalization is disingenuous. Yet it is typical of both sides that want to display the failings of the side of the aisle they disagree with, while being more than content to ignore any possible chinks in their own "armor".

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    Oct. 1, 2015 7:07 a.m.

    One of our most valuable resources as a country is the freedom of speech. While you may not metaphorically yell fire in a theatre or libel someone, you are generally allowed to say just about anything. This value promotes free thinking and allows for all the cultural differences that make up the fabric of the country. And the unique thing about it is, if you don't like the words, then don't listent to them. Freedom to choose is the corollary to freedom of speech.

    Those who promote or allow censorship of books are therefore uniquely unAmerican. Like the mullahs in the Mideast, these people seek to stop us from reading that which the mullahs find offensive. The censors don't believe we should be able to read because it threatens their control of the political, the social or the religious nature of the country.

    How sad to be so threatened, and how unAmerican. Censorship brings only a new Dark Ages.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 30, 2015 10:16 p.m.

    Is censorship destructive? That depends. If you're tightly conservative, and want some ideas suppressed, than it is not. Tough as this is to reconcile with small government and no individual interference.

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Sept. 30, 2015 7:47 p.m.

    "Students, librarians and community members publicly disclosed their views of the destructive nature of censorship and importance of the freedom to read"

    An easily loaded statement. Is it true? Is censorship destructive? That depends. If a single word could destroy all of humanity, like a virus, then censorship wouldn't be destructive. The argument against censorship is to let people read and decide for themselves. But if that decision ends with things like murder, then freedom of speech is moot. One might argue that words are powerless. But when we see someone marching down a street with a sign, are we blind to the influence those words have?

    Korihor used words to harm people. Silencing him also was used as an effective measure. I'm not suggesting we promote government-enforced censorship. I believe that's just as dangerous of a virus. But words have power and like any other human power, there are limits which foster peace and non-destructive behaviors. If gambling is illegal here, gambling advertisements should be illegal here. The most non-destructive censorship that can exist to foster peace is community-driven. But where is our state's power today?