'The Diary of Anne Frank' Censured by Va. Schools for Gay, Sexual Themes

Jan 29, 2010 | Posted by: Rick in Kansas | Full story: www.edgenewyork.com

So much for smart-alecky Easterners turning up their noses at "Okies": The Union Public Schools district Board of Education in Oklahoma recently voted to allow the book "Buster's Sugartime" to remain on shelves.

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DustyShadow wrote:
Must homosexuals always make every bit of controversy about themselves. Check it out:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet...
http://www2.starexponent.com/cse/news/local/a...
Neither the original Culpepper paper article nor the Washington Post article says diddly-squat about homosexuals. That didn't appear until some random unassigned quote in The Edge article, which I'm assuming has homosexual leanings.
Actually, if you had checked the link to the Washington Post article the Edge story was ACTUALLY based on (found in the first sentence of the second paragraph, attached to the word 'reported"), http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/... , you will find that was where this story got the information that part of the reason for pulling this version of the book was that it contains homosexual themes. Nice try though.

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This coming from the same mindset that wanted to ban bridge to Terabithia "because it incouraged witch craft" However they missed the christian themes and the fact that the author was christian and terabithia is a type of tree in the bible.

The fact is they dont want children to think for themselves so or have imagination so they try to ban books that go against what they believe so the child only knows of their teaching and not of the many wonderful worlds created by authors.

This book should not be invalidated because it mentions homosexuality. It shouldn't be read because it mentions homosexuality.

It should be read because it is a record of the life of one girl who bravely tried to overcome hatred and prejudice. Because it is a book that touches the heart and helps you understand what people went through during that period of time.

Books should be appreciated for the imagination of the author or their dedication to a topic. They should not be reviled because you don't agree with the subject or some small part of it. If you dont like it dont read it.

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Must homosexuals always make every bit of controversy about themselves. Check it out:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet...
http://www2.starexponent.com/cse/news/local/a...
Neither the original Culpepper paper article nor the Washington Post article says diddly-squat about homosexuals. That didn't appear until some random unassigned quote in The Edge article, which I'm assuming has homosexual leanings.
To you every word a LGBT person says is part of some great conspiracy to do something or other.

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Let's review:

"...While the new version will be available in the school library, teachers are only to assign the earlier version..."

This will last until the digruntled parent's kid leaves the school.

It's best to let the Mrs Grundys of the world THINK they've won something, then they go their stupid way and leave the rest of us alone.

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Let's review:
"...While the new version will be available in the school library, teachers are only to assign the earlier version..."
This will last until the digruntled parent's kid leaves the school.
It's best to let the Mrs Grundys of the world THINK they've won something, then they go their stupid way and leave the rest of us alone.
I hope when the teacher assigns the redacted version of the diary, she points out that the children are to read ONLY the redacted version. The teacher should clearly instruct the children NOT to go to the library and read all those proscribed passages.

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I hope when the teacher assigns the redacted version of the diary, she points out that the children are to read ONLY the redacted version. The teacher should clearly instruct the children NOT to go to the library and read all those proscribed passages.
Now I am really looking forward to reading this newer version. I have trouble imagining anything resembling a "homosexual theme" in the book.

I can hardly wait.

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I hope when the teacher assigns the redacted version of the diary, she points out that the children are to read ONLY the redacted version. The teacher should clearly instruct the children NOT to go to the library and read all those proscribed passages.
Surest way to get 'em to read it!

I like it when people try to ban books -- usually they're good reads and all the brouhaha makes sure I hear about it.

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Must homosexuals always make every bit of controversy about themselves. Check it out:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet...
http://www2.starexponent.com/cse/news/local/a...
Neither the original Culpepper paper article nor the Washington Post article says diddly-squat about homosexuals. That didn't appear until some random unassigned quote in The Edge article, which I'm assuming has homosexual leanings.
Oh, really? Not "Diddly-squat about homosexuals"? I just copied and will now paste directly from the article in the Washington Post from the on-line edition:
"...after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes."
Now, I'm not sure there are any actual "homosexual themes" in the book but it was reported that this was part of the parents complaint. So, it doesn't matter if the parents complaint is valid. The school administrator made a personal decision to ban the book and did not follow procedure in doing so, either.
I'll hasten to add that this is an 'unabridged' version of the girl's diary and not the version published initially by her father. In the commonly read and taught version her father edited out any explicit comments about sexuality in particular entries in which the girl talks to her imaginary (female) friend about her vagina. So, it does seem that the 8th grade might be a little early for this newly released version. Perhaps 10th or 11th grade would be more appropriate.

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Rick in Kansas wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, if you had checked the link to the Washington Post article the Edge story was ACTUALLY based on (found in the first sentence of the second paragraph, attached to the word 'reported"), http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/... , you will find that was where this story got the information that part of the reason for pulling this version of the book was that it contains homosexual themes. Nice try though.
If you clicked on the link and READ the article, even you could see there is nothing about "homosexual" or "gay" in the article.

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Oh, really? Not "Diddly-squat about homosexuals"? I just copied and will now paste directly from the article in the Washington Post from the on-line edition:
"...after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes."
Now, I'm not sure there are any actual "homosexual themes" in the book but it was reported that this was part of the parents complaint. So, it doesn't matter if the parents complaint is valid. The school administrator made a personal decision to ban the book and did not follow procedure in doing so, either.
I'll hasten to add that this is an 'unabridged' version of the girl's diary and not the version published initially by her father. In the commonly read and taught version her father edited out any explicit comments about sexuality in particular entries in which the girl talks to her imaginary (female) friend about her vagina. So, it does seem that the 8th grade might be a little early for this newly released version. Perhaps 10th or 11th grade would be more appropriate.
I clicked on the link, I checked again for "homosexual," I copied and pasted what it actually did say the parents complained about:

"In Culpeper County Public Schools, a version of the “Diary of A Young Girl,” by Anne Frank, was just removed from schools because a parent complained about graphic sexual language." Nothing about homosexuals.

I'm glad you see that 8th grade is a little young for such a book.

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OK, I've figured it out. There are actually two different links to two different Washington Post articles. One does have the word "homosexual." That, however, could have been inserted by the Washington Post writer. The original Culpepper article doesn't mention it.

After all, the Post has been caught making up stuff before.

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If you clicked on the link and READ the article, even you could see there is nothing about "homosexual" or "gay" in the article.
I thought Christianity frowned on lying. READ the first paragraph of the original Washington Post article:

Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank's diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

Just in case you don't notice, the word "homosexual" is the second to last word in the sentence.
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Heres a "Idea/Solution",.... Why dont we bann the word "Homosexual" and replace it with something more "Bright and Cheery",.... that way we seem to be "Happier" then others , I vote for the word "GAY" ( this post is/was ment as a JOKE )

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DustyShadow wrote:
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If you clicked on the link and READ the article, even you could see there is nothing about "homosexual" or "gay" in the article.
Here is the actual, unedited link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

Again- here is a copy and paste from the link:

"Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank's diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and HOMOSEXUAL themes." emphasis mine
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Christianity is in control in this country. No one in government does anything without their approval and respond instantly to their desires. Christianity is an evil institution. It's sad because it was never intended to be that and has been perverted by a few.
what is evil is the belief that we have to respect social or personal deviant behavior. As a republuc not a democracy we can and must take a stand on morality. You make choices and earn consequences. My morality and most great religions say gay is immoral and against God's will. Sin as you may but I do not have to tolerate it. As our family's decay we must put an end to those values that run counter to our belief systems.

Take your argument up with God!
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Joe wrote:
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what is evil is the belief that we have to respect social or personal deviant behavior. As a republuc not a democracy we can and must take a stand on morality. You make choices and earn consequences. My morality and most great religions say gay is immoral and against God's will. Sin as you may but I do not have to tolerate it. As our family's decay we must put an end to those values that run counter to our belief systems.
Take your argument up with God!
I don´t think God is in the business of excluding people, but you are. You might want to take this up with God. Your education confined you. You are nothing but a product of a narrow~minded and sick upbringing that has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the charity your church preaches.
If religion leads to banning, discrimination and oppression, it´s not worth a dime.

Remember, religion is nothing but interpretation. In this case interpretation of the Bible. Why do you think and what odd´s are there that your interpretation is the right one? Your dodgy way of looking at your own believes leads to the kind of excesses the book of Anne Frank is warning us for.

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Are they banning the book because she was Jewish or, that she had 'same gender' feelings. Thousands of other 'non biographical' books have same sex themes in them and why arent parents trying to ban them? This is bigotry, and an attack on Anne for having homosexual thoughts, yet what Anne wrote about, "is history", and she wanted to leave a part of herself and her thoughts behind...she wasnt a war correspondent! she was a 15 year old girl.
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What would you know? Have you ever been there? I'm from Virginia and disagree with this as much as you do. What you just said is as ignorant as you say I am.

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if you are so bright why are you posting on a thread that has not been touched for a year?

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