Welcome to Texas…. er… Toronto? Well, Yanks, have your knowing laugh. You deserve it. You take a lot of shit from me and when it’s time to throw it back, I promise I won’t duck or dodge. Splat. A Toronto-area school board has pulled Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy because someone complained they promote aetheism.
“(The complaint) came out of interviews that Philip Pullman had done, where he stated that he is an atheist and that he supports that,” said Scott Millard, the board’s manager of library services.
“Since we are an educational institution, we want to be able to evaluate the material; we want to make sure we have the best material for students.”
Following a recent Star story about the series, an internal memo was sent to elementary principals that said “the book is apparently written by an atheist where the characters and text are anti-God, anti-Catholic and anti-religion.”
Millard said if students want the books, they can ask librarians for them but the series won’t be on display until a committee review is complete.
ITEM! We can be as ignorant and paranoid as the worst slackjawed counties of the US of A. There, I said it.