Week Worth Marking

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

-Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

bbwweb80x80_2006.gifI am interrupting my reading of Madeline to remind you — as I needed a gentle slap myself — that this week, from Sept. 23-30, is Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week has been observed during the last week of September each year since 1982. The week is intended to celebrate the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. The idea is to stress the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

For more information about Banned Books Week visit the American Library Association’s Web site, which provides lists of books that have or are being challenged as well as other useful information about why this week is worth noting.

Now back to my regularly schedule programming er, um, reading.

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