Cremation and book bans are increasing across the political spectrum

Books on a shelf at the Fleetwood Area Public Library in Fleetwood, PA. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

In terms of ominous signs in society that things are going badly and about to get worse, book burnings and banned books are almost heavy in their narrative horror, but such things are exactly what is happening lately time. Across the country, school districts recently voted to ban classics like Art Spiegelman Maus and Toni Morrison The bluest eye due to content recently deemed inappropriate for children; last week, a right-wing Christian pastor named Greg Locke organized a book burn in tennessee during which two people allegedly threw a Bible into the fire while shouting “Hello Satan”.

“We have stuff coming from everywhere that we are going to burn”, Locke would have written, including all sorts of occult-related items like Ouija boards, tarot cards, and crystals. This organized burning was hijacked by intruders; the people who threw the Bible into the fire had actually come to disrupt the event. Nevertheless, Locke is adamant in his mission. “We WILL NOT TOLERATE witchcraft and we will not compromise with devil worshippers”, Locke continued.

What is illustrative about this and other recent episodes is that Americans of all political persuasions — right-wing extremists and seemingly concerned moderate parents — are clearly increasingly comfortable with banning and burning books. If this trend is to continue, it has dire implications.

Conservatives in Florida also recently launched an initiative to ban access to 16 books in the Polk County Public Schools District, and in Texas, applications for registration led by BNC News showed that 75 formal ban requests from parents statewide arrived in the first four months of the school year. During the same period last year, only one such request was made.

Former Fort Worth, Texas librarian Sarah Chase even said BNC News that she had retired prematurely due to the rising fever of book bans. “I am not a saint” chase said. “I came out because I was afraid to resist the attacks. I didn’t want to be caught in someone’s trap. Who wants to be called a pornographer? Who wants to be accused of being a pedophile or reported to the police for putting a book in a child’s hand? »

Book ban increases in US, book burns in Tennessee

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