#SpeakLoudly), I'm vowing to you, my readers, and to myself that I am going to get a copy of this book and read it as soon as I possibly can!
posted this earlier today. Long story short? Wesley Scroggins, a passionate Christian, condemned Speak as soft pornography for its two rape scenes and strongly suggested that the book be banned, or at least kept out of the reach of the thousands of middle schoolers and teens whom the book has touched and helped over the years. He also angrily spoke out against Slaughterhouse-Five and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (who has an active Twitter presence and chimed in about the banning). I haven't read Twenty Boy Summer (though I'd like to), but Slaughterhouse-Five remains one of my favorite books of all time for its dry humor and honest look at what morality truly is.
can be found here. While obviously on a smaller scale than something like the Middle Eastern conflicts, it is an excellent example of the fact that a religion is not defined by its extremists.
The irony of the whole thing is that this is happening only days before Banned Books Week. Speak has been challenged before, but not in a way as flagrantly offensive as being called "pornography" - aka sexually exciting. What about a rape should be sexually exciting? I think the reason Speak has been seized upon so completely by the Twitter and blogging communities as an example is the fact that it has spoken so deeply to so many rape victims. In the end, this is a double issue - censorship and rape, speaking out for what's right and the consequences of not doing so.
If book banning makes you furious, as you all know it does me, Laurie Halse Anderson offers suggestions for how to help in her blog post I linked to in the second paragraph. There have been dozens, even hundreds of posts on the subject from across the blogosphere (I'm sure you'll find some in my blogroll!), and Bookalicious Spam offers a Mr. Linky to all your Speak Loudly posts as well as even more ways to help. (Please share your links in the comments of this post, too!)
And if this doesn't make you furious, read the full school board presentation this guy came up with. As long as you remain silent, this is the voice non-blog-savvy America will be hearing. Is that really what you want? There really are too many fantastic posts on this for me to link to. Read as many as you can, and then share with non-connected folks! I cannot stress how important this issue is.