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October 12, 2013

Oct. 12, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Bible: Most banned book in history

Charles A. Layne of Bunker Hill sends this Cheer for Bible readers:

“With the Kokomo Tribune editorial staff emphasis on Banned Book Week, I was inspired to find a banned book to read. Upon reflection, I realized that I have read, am reading, and will continue to read the most banned book in all of human history. Over the course of time, entire empires have attempted to eliminate the Bible. There are nations today that still criminalize the possession of the Bible. Even in America, the Bible is banned from some classrooms, from some workplaces, and, if the Military Religious Freedom organization has its way, from military facilities.

“Ironically, the particular emphasis of Banned Book Week by the editorial staff was prompted not by a book that has ever been banned, but by a unique criticism of it. Claiming academic freedom as the reason for their support of an unbanned book, they choose to ignore the books that are in practice banned daily by professors and teachers in their classrooms. Perhaps in the near future, the Tribune editorial staff will run an investigative series on the academic materials that are regularly banned and the rationale used to ban them. In the meantime, congratulations to those who are reading the most banned book in human history. Who knows how long we will have to continue to do so?”

Why do pols have different rules?

Steve Sallee of Kokomo sends this Jeer for Washington:

“I’ve got some simple questions.

“Why is it that the people causing the problem, i.e. the government shutdown and workers laid off and not getting paid, are still drawing their salaries for not doing their jobs?

“Why do we keep raising the national debt ceiling? If I have a $10,000 credit card that I can’t pay, why should a bank give me a $20,000 credit card for my bad management?

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