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1909 年，G.K. Chesterton 写了一封回信给一位写信人的回应，他担心童话故事使孩子们暴露于巫术的邪恶之中：
因此，童话故事不负责在孩子身上产生恐惧或任何形式的恐惧；童话故事不会给孩子带来邪恶或丑陋的想法；那已经存在于世界上。童话故事不会给孩子带来他/她对柏忌的第一个想法。童话故事给孩子带来的是他/她对柏忌可能失败的第一个清晰的认识。自从宝宝有想象力以来，他/她就非常了解这条龙。童话故事为他/她提供的是一个杀死龙的圣乔治。时不时地，文化愤怒达到了临界点，人们要求限制读书。我们还没烧掉它们... 还没有。尽管在我镇上，某位愤怒的居民确实烧掉了几本他认为令人反感的书。由于这本书归公共图书馆所有，他被罚款。作为一名历史学家，我可以说 “令人反感” 的书以及人们对这些书的愤怒经常发生。作为一名老师，我还可以为那些反对学校教授的课程某些部分的家长提供担保。作为 21 世纪美国现任居民，我还读过 CRT 和爱荷华州立法机关讨论的法案，这些法案规范爱荷华州的社会研究和历史课教授哪种课程。作为学龄儿童的父母，我努力为我的孩子找出适当的接触量和保护。很难弄清楚让我的孩子接触哪些想法，要修改哪些想法，以及哪些问题需要更多的成熟度和理解。我想，即使是最复杂和最困难的问题也可以修改为年幼孩子的基本理解，但我敢肯定，我不会一直都做对。几年前，我写了一篇博客文章，讲述了向幼儿教授圣经所固有的所有困难。当然，诺亚方舟的故事很有趣，有动物、雨水、洪水和彩虹。但是，关于诺亚裸体的故事，以及随后因嘲笑父亲的裸体而诅咒汉姆的故事，通常不在儿童的圣经故事中。家长们越来越多地表示不赞成藏有某些书籍的图书馆和/或努力禁止某些书籍进入课程。我发现反对藏有某些书籍的图书馆完全令人费解。我喜欢阅读，也喜欢阅读很多。但是我可以肯定地说，我没有读过图书馆里的每本书。而且我可以肯定地说，我不会喜欢、喜欢或赞成我读过的每本书。但这是否意味着图书馆不应该存放这些书？谁能决定哪些书籍、概念或想法可以接受，哪些不可接受？这场让我感到困惑的禁令辩论的另一部分是父母。他们是否反对这些书存在的事实？或者说它们在图书馆里可用？他们是否还禁止 Netflix、YouTube、Hulu 或 HBO 播放带有令人反感内容的节目？由于各种原因，我看的大多数节目我都不允许我的小孩和我一起看。我读过的大多数书，出于各种原因，我也不允许我的小孩阅读。但是我看过的那些节目和我读过的书都可以买到。为什么有些家长要决定图书馆携带什么或学校教什么？如果他们不想让孩子读某本书，我能理解。但是，他们为什么要决定任何人都能阅读的内容呢？我知道父母正在努力以个性化的方式保护和暴露他们的孩子，我作为父母也做同样的事情。我不明白的是，为什么禁止在学校或图书馆读书是这种方法，为什么重点放在书籍、图书馆和学校课程上，而不是电影、电视、社交媒体、TikTok、YouTube、音乐视频和互联网等其他媒体。那里有很多东西可以启发、人性化、激发、激发、鼓励和复杂化我们对世界的理解。还有很多东西可以伤害、减少、否定、忽视和伤害。这不是什么新鲜事，而且将永远存在。但是禁止访问是答案吗？
Is part of the reason that people instinctively (and with some unacknowledged socio-political input) divide the cultural world into “public” and “private”? Thus, Netflix-for-kids (with its huge unstated commitment to neo-paganism) is “private”, and the local library is “public” (“the local public liberry”), and thus the cultural-political battle being fought right now all over the USA (and of late in Canada) is who gets to control the public arena. Does that help with your question?
This is also my opinion, as stated by the author, a teacher in Iowa. I’d take it a step further and challenge parents who are listing books they want banned.
Have you personally read the books you want banned or are you going along with someone else’ opinion; going along with the crowd as in group-think? Are you swept up in a movement?
Can you put into words and express why, specifically, you oppose each book on the list?
Are you wanting to ban books for and by religions you do not have a personal belief in?
If so, are you ok with banning the books that teach and promote your religion also?
Assuming you are Christian, and remembering that there are other major religions in the country and in the world, are you ok with getting your religious books banned by someone who does not agree with you about God and your religion?
What about the Bible? Remembering that individual humans often interrupt and misinterpret the Bible, should we remove and censor the portions of the Bible that speak of the very things that are the reasons you want to ban the topic in other published books?
Should we remove the portions of the Bible that make us uncomfortable; challenge our conscience, our spirituality or cause us to question God?
Do you know that being uncomfortable, being convicted of sin or wrong-doing is what leads to repentance, and repentance enhances our relationship with God and can bring about salvation?
How can we witness to others if we cannot read or quote the words of Jesus from the Bible and talk about things that may make others uncomfortable?
No physically and mentally healthy person can go through life without psychological discomfort. It is being uncomfortable about history, our personal history, all history as presented in the Bible, World history and U.S. history that is the motivator for change and the desire to never repeat the sins of our earthly ancestors. Knowing how, when, where and why wars broke out between countries and even breakups of friendships and division in families teaches us, if we pay attention, about living in a world with other human beings who have their own opinions, personal beliefs and emotional responses based on their personal history, thoughts, emotions and responses to happenings in their life so far.
God had His chosen people memorize the stories and pass them down through the generations for a reason. God had Mary ponder the life and words of Jesus in her heart. God inspired the writers of the books in the Bible to preserve them for a reason. Being uncomfortable, having our emotions challenged is necessary for all human growth into adulthood and showing us our need for God’s grace.
Be careful what you ask for or demand of others.
In one of towns where I served a church (upstate NY) the elementary school my kids attended had a Bible on the shelves. You know where it was? The REFERENCE section! I loved that! If you wanted to know the truth or facts go to the reference section of the library and look it up – in the Bible!
Rebecca, I think there is fear in people seeing the truth about what we white people did to Black people. When you read Black history books you read of the outrageous things that were done to creatures oF God. My reading has helped change my opinion on the voting process and has opened my eyes to the sins of our culture. It is extremely vile to consider the many things white people have done to the lives of people who were created by our heavenly Father. Our nation should be in a state of mourning for our sins.