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I was browsing in the library the other day and found a number of books that were morally problematic for one reason or another. Some were anti-Catholic, others were anti-religion, others glorified immorality. You get the idea.

While I could not afford to do so for every bad book I came across, I was wondering if I could check out a particularly bad book and "lose" it. I would pay for the loss, the library would be compensated, and the book would no longer be available. Is this stealing? Or, if it is, can I just keep re-checking the book out on a regular basis so it is not available to others?

Dinah_Rose, Catholic Answers Forum 96 Comments [9/10/2011 4:51:39 AM]
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Aspergus

It's amazing the lengths you'll go to to make sure people aren't exposed to things that contradict your religious dogma. Do you also attend book burnings on a regular basis?

9/10/2011 5:00:09 AM

Horus IX

What Aspergus said.

9/10/2011 5:08:07 AM

Tempus

You are a douchebag.

9/10/2011 5:15:00 AM

foolish moon

1. Yes, that is stealing. Your god seems to be against that.

2. You would be 'bearing false witness,' also a no-no in your god's eyes. (Does your god have eyes?)

3. Stop going to the library if you are afraid of ideas. Go to church. No ideas there to scare you--unless it's a different church from yours.

9/10/2011 5:17:15 AM

solomongrundy

In the words of Dr. Jones: "...goose-stepping morons like you should try reading books instead of burning them!"

9/10/2011 5:17:19 AM

Swede

The library will probably buy a new copy with the money you pay, and you will have accomplished nothing, you've only shown how immoral you are.

If others want to check that book out too, and put themselves on a waiting list, you won't be able to re-check it out until the other people have had their turn, stupid.

You're not the supreme judge on what people are allowed to read, asshole, you live in a democracy and people are free to read whatever the hell they want. You can refrain from reading anything you don't like, but you don't have the right to stop other adults from reading anything. You can dissuade your children from reading what you don't like, but that might get them curious instead.

It all depends on how you tell them not to read it, of course. My husband told me not to read a particular book by Stephen King, and I won't read it. I'm not "obeying" him or anything, I'm taking his advice; if he says its too horrible for me, what with him liking scary stories, then it must be really, really horrible.

9/10/2011 5:20:19 AM

Gawd


Let's just burn everything that doesn't glorify the Holy Father and the goddamn Catholic church. How about that? Would that make you happy you stupid bitch?

9/10/2011 5:23:30 AM

aaa

Seriously, you need to reconsider your life goals when you are planning censorship via being a prick.

9/10/2011 5:23:55 AM

Berny

You could try minding your own fucking business but I know that this is a problem for holier-than-thou sanctimonious busybodies such as yourself.
If you're going to start getting rid of books that have objectionable content, start with the Bible. It is rife with rape, murder, incest, genocide, and other filth.

9/10/2011 5:29:21 AM

Serph-no-Okami

You do know they make you pay for lost books so they can purchase a new copy, right? And that pulling that stunt a few times gets you banned from said library? So the only thing you would accomplish is losing money, achieving nothing and being the laughing stock of the local book repository.

9/10/2011 5:40:11 AM

Matante

When you do that, pick a book that is entertaining as well as "bad". They can track it when some book is so popular that it's checked out most of the time, and they'll buy extra copies! Sin for everyone!!!

9/10/2011 5:44:35 AM

gravematter

Your god appears to be very insecure. Don't you think he'd be tough enough to withstand some conflicting ideas, without you needing to intervene?

9/10/2011 5:55:37 AM

Meishayuri

Dinah, please stop trying to save the world and save yourself the energy that you could use, I dunno, save yourself?

9/10/2011 5:59:28 AM

LadyJafaria

Um...if a book is popular, the library will use the fine to pay for a replacement copy of the same book. Even if it's some random book that nobody else has checked out, the library would prefer a replacement with similar subject matter. This is not only immoral and illegal, it won't work.

9/10/2011 6:02:24 AM

checkmate

I was wondering if I could check out a particularly bad book and "lose" it.

How about starting off with the Bible?

I wonder what you would think if I kept "losing" Bibles.

9/10/2011 6:03:42 AM

Brendan Rizzo

Yes, it is stealing. "Accidentally" losing something on purpose is not only stealing, but fraud too. If you're so spineless that you can't handle the existence and availability of a book that criticizes your religion, then you have no faith at all.

And by the way, those books that are anti-Catholicism specifically are written by other Christians, just as devout as you are. Are we gonna see a fundie fight in the near future?

9/10/2011 6:10:47 AM

PaganLibrarian

"Thou shalt not steal"

Sound pretty cut and dry, here.

9/10/2011 6:20:19 AM

rw23

Your commitment to freedom of speech is enviable.

9/10/2011 6:30:14 AM

vtcommie

Dinah, you should really find a new hobby. This one is, well, stupid.

9/10/2011 6:55:20 AM

D Laurier

So you are plotting to steal library books... and trying to justify it by claiming that you are somehow more "moral" than the book.
Stealing, and then lying to justify it.

And all you are worried about is that it might cost you money...

9/10/2011 6:55:32 AM

Zeus Almighty

I was browsing my home library the other day and found a number of books that were morally problematic for one reason or another. Some were anti-woman, others were anti-rationality, others glorified genocide (including the violent killing of young children). You get the idea.
Oddly enough, all these little bad books were contained in one big bad book called "The Holy Bible."

9/10/2011 7:08:38 AM

Selkie

You could, you know, just leave them alone and not read them yourself.

9/10/2011 7:16:23 AM

Panz

Why you could even dress up in a black uniform and "lose" those books in a fire while saluting your god by holding your arm out

9/10/2011 7:20:04 AM

Giveitaday

I was browsing in the library the other day and found a number of books that were morally problematic for one reason or another.

Morally problematic to you, but you are not the arbiter of what people other than yourself may of may not read.

Some were anti-Catholic, others were anti-religion, others glorified immorality. You get the idea.

Yeah I get the idea, you have taken it upon yourself to dictate what everyone, including those who don't share your particular religion or have no religion at all, should be allowed to read.

While I could not afford to do so for every bad book I came across, I was wondering if I could check out a particularly bad book and "lose" it. I would pay for the loss, the library would be compensated, and the book would no longer be available. Is this stealing?

Not only is it stealing it's also lying, but hey, your oh-so ready to break one of your "holy" commandments, so why not break two? And the look on your face will be priceless once you realize the library will likely use your money to buy another copy of the aforementioned "evil" book.

9/10/2011 7:40:52 AM

N. De Plume

I rather wonder what the library’s policy is regarding folks who continually “lose” their books. Even when such a person dutifully pays the fines for such behavior, it certainly creates a lot of work to replace the book. I’m sure they would rather not have to put up with that.

9/10/2011 7:47:16 AM
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