Wednesday, October 04, 2006

At what temperature does reason burn?

On September 21st Diana Verm, a 15-year-old girl at a Texas High School, complained to her father about "bad language" in Ray Bradbury's classic SF novel "Fahrenheit 451". So he did what any responsible, well-informed citizen would do. Alton Verm filed a "Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials" on Thursday demanding that the School district remove the book from the curriculum.

Alton Verm's request to ban "Fahrenheit 451" came during the 25th annual Banned Books Week. A request to ban a book about book burning, during Banned Books Week is such a painful dose of irony it hurts my brain.

I agree with Boing Boing that the best quote from the situation is as follows:
"It's just all kinds of filth," said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read Fahrenheit 451.
[Link to news article]

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