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Satanic School Books By Tandika Star @Fido 1:308/0.4 Apparently, some people haven't anything better to do than to look for satan in school books. My concern here were: 1. Since when does the presence of ghosts or witches in a story have anything to do with Satanism. 2. What kind of "violence" is in this series of books? How can it be WORSE than what they probably allow their children to watch on T.V.? 3. The quality of education is pretty bad; (IMHO). Along comes a series of books that supposedly will INCREASE the DESIRE of the students to READ! If that's true, I think (see comment #1) is a DUMB reason to disallow them! 4. If a group of people is allowed to "censor" books because they don't adopt a "proper christian attitude", then we're ALL in big trouble. I'm not a Christian. I'm not specificially a wiccan, either. I disagree with some things that fall into the category of "proper christian attitude". I feel much MORE comfortable with my children knowing the there IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WICCA AND SATANISM and that they are NOT "the same thing!" I'm really tired of people telling my children that "what I do" is "Of the Devil!" (This comment normally comes from people that really have NO IDEA "what I do".) Furthermore, if heckling speakers, and booing and hissing is considered "proper christian behavior" (see the following message) I am embarrassed for them. I was always taught it was RUDE BEHAVIOR. I am assuming, given the complaints listed in the articles that Shakespeare is also on the no-no list....after all, it contains witches, ghosts, lewd behavior, men dressing as women, women pretending to be men, murder and mayhem, disrespect for parents and drunken orgies! When I went to High School, it was a catholic school. There were certain books we "weren't allowed to read". I went OUT OF MY WAY to read them! Several of which I "found" on my parents bookshelves in the living room. I don't believe in "censoring" reading material. In my household, my children have access to ANYTHING that has printed words in or on it, from Penthouse to the instructions that come in the sanitary supply boxes; from Shakespeare to the Koran to In the Shadow of the Shaman. They are encouraged to DISCUSS anything they don't understand or have questions about, to THINK about what they've read and whether it applies to them or not, and to RESEARCH further information about any subject and not take a single opinion for gospel. (Hehe, however, it does make for some INTERESTING parenting! Anyone want a spare, well-informed, outspoken teenager?) ----------------------------- The following is from the El Paso Times, New Mexico edition, printed on October 12, 1990. It was the "headline story" on the front page: Title: "Board overrules suggested book ban" Subtitle: "Hostile parents heckle officials at meeting" Source: Associated Press The Impressions series of schoolbooks -- attacked by some parents as rife with violence and witchcraft -- may be used in New Mexico public schools, the state Board of Education decided Thursday. The board voted 12-2 to overrule its Instructional Materials Committee's recommendation that the series be omitted from the board's list of approved materials. The meeting in Santa Fe was packed with hostile parents who opposed the books and who occasionally hissed and heckled board members who favored leaving the books on the state list. Some parents contend Impressions -- a collection of about 80 stories, slides, activities and workbooks, some of them literary classics -- includes references to witchcraft, the macabre, disrespect for parents, bedtime fears and other topics they found objectionable. If the state board rejects this massive parental input by adopting Impressions, the state board directly strikes a blow against the single most important factor which would enhance education in New Mexico," said Bill Redmond, a Los Alamos educator. Doug Booth, a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, argued the parents' reaction would stifle children's imaginations nad creativity. Seeing witches doesn't make you a satanist," Booth said. "But when a child's imagination is blocked off, that's when they join cults." In the series are writings from A.A. Milne, author of the "Winnie-the- Pooh" series; Laura Ingalls Wilder of the "Little House" books and Martin Luther King Jr. Also in the materials are excerpts from the "Anne of Green Gables" works by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It also includes works by Albuquerque author Jack Prelutsky's "The Invisible Beast" and "The Poltergeist." Local school boards will decide whether the series will be used in their districts. "I found considerably more positive materials that are available, which do not consistently focus on the death, dismemberment, torture and violence that are in those books." -Van Witt, State Board of Education member" "The state board said Impression will be accompanied by a warning that advises districts to use "particular care" in their review and consideration of the materials. That recommendation was made by state Superintendent Alan Morgan, who also said he found "unnecessary references to the macabre" in the materials he reviewed. The two board members who voted against the series -- Van Witt of Carlsbad and Millie Pogna of Albuquerque -- were on the three member committee that recommended against the education series. "I found considerably more positive materials that are available, which do not consitently focus on the death, dismemberment, torture and violence that are in those books," Witt said. Board members who favored the materials said parents should help their local school boards decide whether the materials are acceptable in their communities. "God chose to provide us with the option to choose," board member Maria Chavez of Albuquerque said. The materials now are being used in Albuquerque sixth-grade classes, Pogna said, and are used in 393 school districts in 34 states. The materials were defended by a representative of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich of Orlando, Fla., the publisher of the series. Jan Spalding, the publisher's director of sales support services, said excerpts and pictures have been taken out of context by opponents and that the stories are readable, carry universal themes and strong story lines, and help children become better readers. She acknowledged that some objectionable stories have been removed from editions.


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