Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.
I ordered my copy of Speak the other day and will make my way though the other books shortly.
I do understand why parents are concerned about what their children are reading but when we start equating explicit rape scenes with porn (in the case of Speak) then I just don't even know what to say. It leaves me speechless. Discourse should lead to informative discussions not book bannings.
Others have already blogged about this more eloquently than I could so here are a few links to their posts.