Britain's Independence Party Wants to Ban Gore's Film from Schools

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  1. Revmitchell

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    ... Following a number of scandals around the science of climate change, UKIP are promising to launch a Royal Commission led by a High Court judge to investigate whether global warming is man-made.

    Wait. It gets better:

    Pending the results of the commission, the party, that has no MPs at the moment, have promised to build new fossil-fuelled power stations to meet energy demands and scrap subsidies for wind farms. Global warming 'propaganda' like the Al Gore film Inconvenient Truth will be banned in schools and public authorities will not be allowed to spend money on climate change initiatives.


    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-s...wants-gores-film-banned-schools#ixzz0gciybM7g
     
  2. Matt Black

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    UKIP are a bunch of fruitloops who stand no chance of getting elected in a national election; they've only got MEPs because no-one takes European elections seriously in this country. Have you actually seen Nigel Farage in action: he's the stereotypical swivel-eyed frothing loony; the geeky guy who desperatly wants to be taken seriously but who everyone (secretly and not-so-secretly) laughs at.
     
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    That's how I, a Yank on the little island next door, sees the UKIP as well.

    Think David Duke.
     
  4. Mexdeaf

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    Didn't DD get elected in spite of being a 'froot loop'?
     
  5. Matt Black

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    And that fact should reassure us how, exactly?
     
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    Only to the LA legislature.

    The European Parliament sounds all lofty and important, but their actual power is very limited. They are much like the congress that existed under the Articles of Confederation.
     
  7. Matt Black

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    Yep, a loony alright. But he does seem to have his facts straight.

    As I recall from Sunday school, Christ was called a loony by the power hungry establishment and global government awhile back.

    He had his facts straight too.

    Hmmmmm?
     
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    Well, let's follow your train of thought and crucify Nigel; if he rises from the dead three days later, then I'll accept your argument.
     
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    Why would Gore's works be banned from school?

    I remember reading lots of fiction in school...
     
  11. Revmitchell

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    Not sure why all the tin foil hat types want to identify with Christ in rejection. Must be that their case si so weak they need to try to prop it up with illegitimate comparisons.
     
  12. Matt Black

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    Indeed (I take it you're referring to Nige).
     
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    Banned books that everyone should read

    Here is a list, not the complete list, of books that have been banned. Actually the books on this list should be read by everyone. If a book has nothing to say no one will want to ban it. If a book really speaks there will be people who want it banned. The entire list will not fit on one entry.

    The List:

    Books for children on the list:

    1. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. Frequently a target of censorship, this classic coming-of-age story of a teenage boy in New York is often banned due to the language and sexuality–particularly a scene with a prostitute.
    2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Offensive language, in particular, one very racially-charged word, is the usual reason given for banning this book, which has been controversial since it was published in 1884. Twain’s famous story highlights the friendship between a white boy and a black man in a book that attempted to challenge the racism Twain saw around him.
    3. Forever by Judy Blume. Blume is frequently the target of censorship as many of her books deal with teen issues revolving around becoming a sexual being. Forever documents a high school girl’s loss of virginity and delves into the emotional aspects of her choice.
    4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. This fantasy novel says much about friendship and loyalty, but it also says plenty about not following a religion blindly. Many have seen the book as anti-religion and have banned the book.
    5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Most who oppose this book claim the violence, language, and the implication that man is little more than an animal as the reasons. The book depicts a microcosm of society played out on an island populated by young boys stranded there and trying to survive. The struggle between good and evil and the exploration of human nature can force readers to examine themselves in ways that may not feel comfortable.
    6. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Some parents object to the magic and wizardry that is at the heart of the Harry Potter books. Because of their objections, many schools and libraries have banned these books.
    7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. A powerful book that explores friendship, life, and death, this book is often banned due to what some feel is offensive language and scenes of witchcraft which some believe promotes disobeying authority as well as anti-religious sentiments. Oddly, the theme of death, which is a major element in the novel, is also used as a reason to ban this book.
    8. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. This book depicts a child who lives under the oppression of mean caretakers and relies on his creativity and an alternate world in order to survive. Those opposed to the book dislike the violence, language, and disobedience towards adults.
    9. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. This children’s story tells of two male penguins at a zoo who care for an egg together. Despite the reality that male penguins bond together to care for their eggs in nature and that the two characters in the book are based on actual penguins from the Central Park Zoo, the idea of two males creating a family has forced many to ban the book due to reasons of homosexuality and anti-family issues.
    10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The bonds of family and friendship are at the heart of this novel, but it also highlights the battle of good and evil and brings in supernatural spirits, therefore making it a target for those worried about the religious implications they feel the novel makes.
    11. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Selling chocolates as a fundraiser at school not only sets off fictional turmoil in this book, but it also prompts parents to challenge the book. Reasons given include language, violence, resisting authority, and sexuality.
    12. The Giver by Lois Lowery. The award-winning book that depicts a society driven to maintain an amazing amount of control over its members, including euthanasia and suicide. Some parents have reacted strongly to these themes in the book and have taken the book as an endorsement for killing.

    Religion and Politics

    Banned by governments, taken off shelves at libraries, and removed from schools, these books have been contested because of the way they portray religion or politics.

    13. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. This book of magical realism describes a battle between God and the devil through the depiction of two men who go through fantastical journeys. This book was so reviled by several governments and religious leaders in Asia and the Middle East that a fatwa was issued against Rushdie, who had to live in hiding for many years in order to avoid being killed.
    14. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Irving’s book is a powerful one that highlights the loyalty and bonds of friendship and family in a poignant and humorous manner. Some feel that the stance Irving takes on religion and opposition to US in Vietnam are reason enough to ban this incredible book.
    15. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. When this book was originally banned in California for obscenity. However, there is evidence that shows the censorship was lead by wealthy landowners who did not want their treatment of their workers to become highlighted from the very realistic accounts in Steinbeck’s novel.
    16. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe. When this book was published in1851, it was criticized by slavery supporters and described as a false depiction of slavery. The importance and relevance of this novel has survived the censorship it has experienced to allow current generations to learn from their ancestors’ mistakes.
    17. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. On the surface this book seems it should be included in the Protect the Children section, but the reason this Dr. Seuss book is banned has more to do with adult issues. The book is an allegorical story describing the effects of poor stewardship on the Earth. Those opposed to the book, specifically some in California, feel it shows an unfair portrayal of those in the logging industry.
    18. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This popular thriller is a work of fiction, but that doesn’t mean any less to those opposed to it. Catholic leaders have banned The Da Vinci Code for what it sees as its anti-Christian sentiment and for the portrayal of Christ in a physical relationship with Mary Magdalene–even having children together.
    19. 1984 by George Orwell. Perhaps one of the most famous dystopian novels written, 1984 was published in the early part of the 20th century with a warning to society that has become eerily true. The book has been banned in the past due to pro-communist sentiment and sexuality.
    20. Animal Farm by George Orwell. This satirical allegory was initially banned in the Soviet Union because of its anti-Stalinism, but has also been challenged in America by parents fearful that their children will be exposed to the communist sentiment expressed in the introduction and the text.
    21. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. Underlying themes in this famous work include political corruption, anti-war sentiments, and the injustices of colonization. It’s no wonder this book has been banned in several countries and Swift had to publish it anonymously.
    22. Candide by Voltaire. Politics, war, colonialism, and religion are all sharply skewered with the satire in Candide. Since it’s publication in 1759 through the 20th century, this book was banned by several countries.



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  14. Magnetic Poles

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    Free people do not ban books and films. They embrace the free marketplace of ideas. Truth does not need protection, but can prevail on its own, without censorship of competing information.
     
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    Preach it friend. Amen and amen!
     
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    Yup. That's exactly what I say to those who want to throw Limbaugh off the air.
     
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    I will defend Limbaugh's right to be on the air, though for the life of me I can't figure out why people listen to him. His ego is enough to keep me from listening to him. I used to listen to him on the car radio when I visited the area where I grew up ... could not believe his ego. Anyway, he is good for a laugh. He is quite a producer of fiction. But on the other hand I do think he and people both on the far right and far left are largely responsible for some of our current divisive problems.
     
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    But school boards can and should.
     
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    The school room should not be politicized.
     
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    and in your opinion these are children's books?

    for the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would give a child a book about sex and thats anti religion (includes christianity)


    So I'm wondering, all these here who think it's censorship to protect children, do you censor what your children watch on tv, or look at on the interent?
     

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