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A public school board in Missouri has banned Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel Slaughterhouse Five because it "teaches ideas that are contrary to the Bible." This action came after a protracted complaint campaign by local university "professor" Wesley Scroggins.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, the school board voted 4-0 -- three members were absent -- to keep Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak," an award-winning book about date rape, and remove Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" and Sarah Ockler's "Twenty Boy Summer." Wesley Scroggins, a Republic resident, challenged the use of the books and lesson plans in Republic schools, arguing they teach principles contrary to the Bible. "I congratulate them for doing what's right and removing the two books," said Scroggins, who didn't attend the board meeting. "It's unfortunate they chose to keep the other book."

Wesley Scroggins, Joe. My. God. 80 Comments [8/6/2011 5:11:14 AM]
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Wow. Specifically cited the Bible as the reason for the removal. That won’t stand a chance when challenged. Talk about a waste of taxpayer money.

8/6/2011 5:19:39 AM


The things these people are threatened by, and how easily it seems to happen, seems to get increasingly pathetic with the passage of time.

8/6/2011 5:33:22 AM


"Speak", an award-winning book about date rape

I haven't read the book, but I'm going to take a guess here and say that the title is a reference to how this sort of thing should not be covered up and silenced, which makes it HILARIOUS that this guy was trying to do precisely that.

8/6/2011 5:33:29 AM


Welcome to the 14th centur... I mean Missouri

8/6/2011 5:33:42 AM


The author saw fit to write this passage at the end of her novel regarding the censorship of fiction dealing with sensitive issues;

'But censoring books that deal with difficult, adolescent issues does not protect anybody. Quite the opposite. It leaves kids in the darkness and makes them vulnerable. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Our children cannot afford to have the truth of the world withheld from them.'

I imagine this is totally lost on this Scroggins cretin.

8/6/2011 5:46:01 AM



8/6/2011 5:55:15 AM

Citzen Justin

Wasn't Wesley Scroggins a Harry Potter character?

8/6/2011 6:04:45 AM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Did they end the proceedings with a book bonfire?

8/6/2011 6:14:40 AM


Fuck, it's 1984 happening.

8/6/2011 6:15:17 AM

Zeus Almighty

You know who else banned books?

8/6/2011 6:27:21 AM

Yeah, we all know that Andy should have just given Melinda's father fifty shekels and married her like a decent rapist. That's what it says to do in the Bible.

I can't believe some parents still won't let their freaking teenagers learn about violence and sex.

Wait til they get to college. English profs love to have fun with sheltered fundy kids.

8/6/2011 6:35:44 AM

D Laurier

REALITY teaches ideas that are contrary to the bible...
Hell, the bible teaches ideas that are contrary to the bible.

8/6/2011 7:00:06 AM

Doubting Thomas

You mean they just banned the books from the school instead of taking them out and burning them? What's wrong with these people?

8/6/2011 7:19:05 AM

Sheesh, the Dow recently takes a 513 point plunge and this... THIS?!... is what they're all worried and frothing about?!

People like this fucking deserve the misery in their lives that their actions or apathy bring.

8/6/2011 7:24:26 AM

Mister Spak

That school should ban the bible because it teaches ideas that are contrary to the Koran.

8/6/2011 7:40:43 AM


I'd rather keep the Bible out of the hands of the impressionable.
It teaches them all kinds of evil stuff, like genocide, ripping babies from wombs and dashing them on rocks, having bears rip kids to shreds for making fun of a bald guy.
I could go on but I think the point would be missed by Wesley Scrotum up there.

8/6/2011 8:19:17 AM


Well, you've just pretty much guaranteed that every teen in that town will read those books now. Well done, Wes.

8/6/2011 8:23:23 AM


@Zeus Almighty

The Vatican. Stalin. Various Muslim clerics.

Phew. Narrowly avoided a Godwin there. You've got to be more careful with what you say, friend.

8/6/2011 9:07:26 AM


I agree.
You did mean the Bible, right?

8/6/2011 9:48:46 AM


@D Laurier

Congratulations, you win the prestigious award that I just invented for making the funniest comment on this website for the week.

8/6/2011 9:52:24 AM

Raised by Horses

Yes, I'm Godwinning like hell, but they're really asking for it here.

And what's with the Vonnegut hate recently? Seriously. Slaughterhouse 5 came out, what, over 40 years ago? Kinda late to be hating on it now. Might as well campaign to have Copernicus and Galileo's works banned while you're at it, since they too teach ideas that are contrary to the Bible. You know, like the Earth revolves around the Sun, and shit.

8/6/2011 9:58:02 AM


And all the time while you imbecile moronic retards are thumping your chest and screaming "USA - Free Speech #1!"

Goof heavens - what a stupid country - you wouldn't know what free speech was if it jumped up and bit your ass!

8/6/2011 9:58:13 AM

J. James

This is why I love the first amendment above EVERY LAST OTHER LAW.

8/6/2011 9:59:51 AM

Brendan Rizzo

What's with all the Vonnegut hate lately? Now, I have never actually read any of his books, but I must oppose censorship as a matter of principle. This school board is despicable for wanting to prevent children from being exposed to all the differing viewpoints that go against their very narrow and very reactionary (not to mention demonstrably false) view of Christianity.

Now, I may not have read Slaughterhouse Five, but I have read Speak, so I can tell you that anyone who supports banning that book has either never read it, or, much worse and much more likely, is a misogynistic asshole. I'm putting my money on the latter.

8/6/2011 10:15:38 AM

Raised by Horses

@Brendan Rizzo

"Now, I may not have read Slaughterhouse Five, but I have read Speak, so I can tell you that anyone who supports banning that book has either never read it, or, much worse and much more likely, is a misogynistic asshole. I'm putting my money on the latter."

It contradicts the Biblical idea that womenfolk should keep quiet about being raped and get back in the kitchen, dammit.

8/6/2011 10:19:02 AM

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