Je Suis Charlie – The Fear Mongers

17 Jan

I have updated this piece by adding a video link to an address by a former Muslim turned Christian.

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je suis charlie

The Fear Mongers

By L. Stewart Marsden

Throughout the history of mankind, fear has driven many to severe actions in attempts to secure power. Those community members that criticize, examine and challenge the status quo have been imprisoned, beaten or worse. Their writings banned and burned.

When dictatorships come to power, censorship and the removal — one way or other — of the intelligentsia is part of the process. Fahrenheit 451 scenarios.

Here are the titles of a few books banned in the US:

Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Influential Southern plantation owners muscled the book off shelves for a while. Russia also banned it. Stowe’s novel became the 2nd best-selling book in the 19th century. The Bible was #1.

Charlotte’s Web was banned in Kansas because talking animals was blasphemous.

Where the Wild Things Are. Leading child psychologist said Sendak’s character Max would send mixed messages about not disciplining children. It…

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