Here in Canada it’s something of a intellectual national sport to watch and cry as American school boards tuck tail and run from the complaints of fundamentalist Christian parents–banning books to match some sick image of wholesomeness that the average lunchroom table conversation in the same school will debunk. It’s like watching bad television. You’re appalled, but cannot look away.
Yet, we have our own pockets of idiots capitulating to other idiots here. Take Peel Region for instance. Not only is it a stinking industrial wasteland suburb of Toronto where jetfuel and ozone are sure to breed a race of twisted Morlock children, it’s also a bastion intolerance and ignorance.
Peel’s Catholic board has pulled the award-winning novel Snow Falling on Cedars from high school library shelves after one parent complained about its sexual content.
Officials say they have not banned the 1995 novel, but that it won’t be accessible to students until a review by a board committee is complete.
The novel, which won the PEN/Faulkner award and the American Booksellers Association book of the year award, contains a few explicit passages, including a detailed description of a married couple’s first sexual encounter, as well as sexual relations between two youths.
Snow Falling on the Cedars?!? I … I can’t even begin… I’ll let commentator Shari Graydon from the article get the last word. She could have a job here at Bookninja with comments like this: “Removing thoughtful fiction from the school library is like taking mashed potatoes out of the cafeteria when the problem is french fries at McDonald’s.”