The pendulum swings from left to right, but it keeps ending up in the same place. Over 50 years ago, the Hanover County, Virginia, School Board tried to ban the classic novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.” One board member claimed the book (about Southern attorney Atticus Finch defending a black man falsely accused of rape, as told from his young daughter’s point of view) was “immoral literature.” Author Harper Lee sent a $10 donation to the county literacy fund and suggested it be used to teach the school board how to read, because the book was all about a Christian code of honor and conduct, told in simple words. Liberals saw it as a brilliantly witty blow against narrow-minded conservatives and cheered Ms. Lee.

Fast forward half a century: now liberals are trying to ban “To Kill a Mockingbird” for being less than PC. The Biloxi, Mississippi, School Board just voted to take the book out of its curriculum because someone complained that its language makes them “uncomfortable,” such as the “N-word.” Which, of course, has no place in a story about racism in the South in the middle of the last century. The board claims schools can teach the same lesson with some more innocuous book. But isn’t the point of school to have kids read great books, not pablum that makes them feel comfortable?

This ranks down there with the liberal officials at California State University at Long Beach, who shut down a play because it contained racial epithets. It was a play in which minority actors talk about racism they’d suffered, but they weren’t allowed to say the racist names they’d been called because those words were racist. It was like a PC “Catch-22” – another book liberals will probably try to ban.

Between the smashing of statues, the banning of “offensive” books and the violent attacks on people of opposing views, it’s getting awfully hard to tell “progressives” from ISIS these days.

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  • John Martin

    10/20/2017 05:16 PM

    Nikita Kruchev once stated, “We will take America without firing a shot ... we will bury you!” It is working! The so-called progressives are hard at work destroying every institution we hold dear. Wake up America!

  • Betty M. Ryals

    10/18/2017 08:03 PM

    And, just today, Robert E. Lee school in Jackson, MS is or has been re-named for Obama! Just keeps getting worse.

  • Penny Milligan

    10/18/2017 10:11 AM

    I loved the book and the film. It taught me at a very young age about racism and how shameful it is. I find it sad that it is being removed.

  • Robet Evans Smith

    10/17/2017 04:30 PM

    I believe the Athenian Senate banned the Teachings of Socrates, did it work not from my point of view, because I after whole bunch of years later has been exposed to his views (Teaching) of life. I love the light his teachings shined on the future and I have even had the pleasure of fitting some of puzzle pieces together in my own life. (I am 91 years old) Hemlock grows wild in my part of the Country and I have been tempted to make some tea for a lot of politicians, however I have also figured out that you cannot ban idiocy or kill it off, it just keeps on showing up in the Human Condition forever. Let me see "GOD" created evil for his own purpose, a must for the learning purpose here on Earth. Knowing my mission here is to learn, I can learn from evil and therefore free myself from the Cave in the "Allegory", but not become addicted to the "feel good of evil", nor do I need it banned, because some need it in their lives (like Obama and Bill Clinton). I will not try to explain all this you because if you feel the need to ban some knowledge because you do not agree with it, standby for the great dilemma you have created for your descendants, because you have denied them knowledge they may very well have need of in their life of Learning (The last word may very well be to much for your processes her on Earth)

  • Janet Brown

    10/17/2017 03:22 PM

    If we remove everything we find uncomfortable, how would we learn? Facing adversity makes us stronger, and in theory, wiser. My husband is a teacher who is also a retired law enforcement officer. We have three sons, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. Life has never been particularly easy, no privilege at our house. Hard work is its own reward, just ask my middle son who went from being non-verbal to working part time.

  • Debbie Andrews

    10/17/2017 03:08 PM

    This is not a new phenomenon. To Kill a Mockingbird has been on the Banned Books list for years. However, this is a phenomenon which I believe will be increasing as censorship is increasing, particularly against conservative thought.

  • Charlotte Skinner

    10/17/2017 03:03 PM

    Hmmm- Black History Month should be banned and any information about MLK as it all focuses on the black people and that is racism. Makes about as much sense.

  • Bennye St.CLaire

    10/17/2017 02:23 PM

    I really believe that the banning of books is about being PC, but this is nothing new. During my time in High School (in Arkansas) Catcher in the Rye was removed from the Texarkana Arkansas High School reading list because of the Christian belief it was about homosexual practices. I believe that particular book is more about pack living than anything else. Fahrenheit 51 is appropriate for this discussion because the book starts with the same removal of books from schools and reading lists. I do not think Liberals have enough education (common sense) to actually have any part in the removal of this great (To Kill a Mocking Bird) book from the school. Some of these great scholars (Liberals) should have been around during the Little /rock /central High School era like I was. Then maybe they would understand the point of the book. Just sayin"

  • Taylor Hoynes

    10/17/2017 01:36 PM

    "VICTIMHOOD" STRIKES AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN

  • Shirley Anderson

    10/17/2017 12:40 PM

    The CONFUSION of our day spurs me on to CONTINUALLY PRAY...THY KINGDOM COME THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN !!!

  • James Gilbert

    10/17/2017 12:10 PM

    Brings to mind Fahrenheit 451.

  • William conlee

    10/17/2017 11:37 AM

    Liberals want the book banned? Please!
    On a separate note is that really you sharing all those CLICKBAIT articles from The Commical Conservative and other like websites? Seems below your dignity. And your re-written History DVDs, what is your motivation here, poison children's minds with this bogus propaganda?

  • William conlee

    10/17/2017 11:36 AM

    Liberals want the book banned? Please!
    On a separate note is that really you sharing all those CLICKBAIT articles from The Commical Conservative and other like websites? Seems below your dignity. And your re-written History DVDs, what is your motivation here, poison children's minds with this bogus propaganda?

  • Justin Henshaw

    10/17/2017 11:16 AM

    When you start removing the freedom of speech from our classroom one book is never enough. Before long we will be burning books and starting to look like a mid 30s Germany. I’m not an alarmist I’m just a realist it’s not hard to see what’s coming next. If we just look at history as an example we know it’s the small pebble that gets flicked off of the dam that eventually becomes the hole where everything else follows through and the dam collapses. Our freedom of speech and our constitution are in serious jeopardy. As we move closer and closer to embrace what is comfortable to some, we takeaway the libierties enjoyed by all. It’s always a “precious few” that get their pacifiers dipped in a little castor oil to help them and they scream like a spoiled kid and put on dads pants as mom and dad say ok you don’t have to have your medicine. And then everyone wants to blame the doctor because they’re putting the child 6 feet down a month later. When we as a society give up what is right to try and pacify a few we do, not only ourselves, but those same people were trying to pacify a huge injustice. And then laws become written and interpreted and before long people want to know whatever happened to the public library. With everything going digital it’s easy to see how simple it would be just to remove a book from the online store and you effectively remove it from everyone’s home and life, and the book that once was hailed and praised as being invaluable to our culture and our lives, now is obsolete and not even available to view as a historic reference...think I’m crazy? Read this post in 100 years, if people don’t rise up and stand for what is right, then it will come to pass. The pebble has been flicked, the dam has been weakened. What are you going to do about it? Will you laugh at the absurdity and that something may actually be wrong or will you mend it?

    I pray more men like yourself Mr Huckabee will rise up and stop those who pick away at our Constitution. It is a difficult job I know, sometimes you feel like an ant. And another colony invaded yours and you are the sole survivor left to protect the queen, who is your future, with thousands of other ants swarming about you trying to kill your queen. Our “queen” is our liberty, protect her with your life, to the last breath in your chest. Thank you for caring and not being uncomfortable with our country. For those who are uncomfortable, get up and change your chair, there are many other countries to go try out your comfort level. The best thing that could happen to all these people would be to send them to another country for six months then have them return and see how comfortable they really are. The fat rich ruler doesn’t see that his countrymen are starving because he stays in his castle...get out, open your eyes and ears! We have a great thing here in this country, don’t let a spoiled few destroy what our forefathers worked so hard to build!

  • Justin Henshaw

    10/17/2017 11:08 AM

    When you start removing the freedom of speech from our classroom one book is never enough. Before long we will be burning books and starting to look like a mid 30s Germany. I’m not an alarmist I’m just a realist it’s not hard to see what’s coming next. If we just look at history as an example we know it’s the small pebble that gets flicked off of the dam that eventually becomes the hole where everything else follows through and the dam collapses. Our freedom of speech and our constitution are in serious jeopardy. As we move closer and closer to embrace what is comfortable to some, we takeaway the libierties enjoyed by all. It’s always a “precious few” that get their pacifiers dipped in a little castor oil to help them and they scream like a spoiled kid and put on dads pants as mom and dad say ok you don’t have to have your medicine. And then everyone wants to blame the doctor because they’re putting the child 6 feet down a month later. When we as a society give up what is right to try and pacify a few we do, not only ourselves, but those same people were trying to pacify a huge injustice. And then laws become written and interpreted and before long people want to know whatever happened to the public library. With everything going digital it’s easy to see how simple it would be just to remove a book from the online store and you effectively remove it from everyone’s home and life, and the book that once was hailed and praised as being invaluable to our culture and our lives, now is obsolete and not even available to view as a historic reference...think I’m crazy? Read this post in 100 years, if people don’t rise up and stand for what is right, then it will come to pass. The pebble has been flicked, the dam has been weakened. What are you going to do about it? Will you laugh at the absurdity and that something may actually be wrong or will you mend it?

    I pray more men like yourself Mr Huckabee will rise up and stop those who pick away at our Constitution. It is a difficult job I know, sometimes you feel like an ant. And another colony invaded yours and you are the sole survivor left to protect the queen, who is your future, with thousands of other ants swarming about you trying to kill your queen. Our “queen” is our liberty, protect her with your life, to the last breath in your chest. Thank you for caring and not being uncomfortable with our country. For those who are uncomfortable, get up and change your chair, there are many other countries to go try out your comfort level. The best thing that Good happened to all the sins of the people would be to send them to another country for six months then have them return and see how comfortable they really are. Fat rich tyrant doesn’t see that his country Manor starving because he stays with his castle and it’s all the fine food good happened to all the sins of the people would be to send them to another country for six months then have them return and see how comfortable they really are. The fat rich ruler doesn’t see that his countrymen are starving because he stays with his castle...get out, open your eyes and ears! We have a great thing here in this country, don’t let a spoiled few destroy what our forefathers worked so hard to build!

  • Carol Piteo

    10/17/2017 10:54 AM

    If using t N word is offensive in To Kill a Mockingcbird, will the schools also ban August Wilson's plays? If uncomfortable things are consistently banned, where does it end, and how do we learn? Sensible dialogues without crazed southern on both sides need to be encouraged.

  • Lora Copeland

    10/17/2017 10:25 AM

    Too sad, the course we are on. Erasing our history, trying to quell free thinking. May God have mercy on us all.

  • ANN ADAMS

    10/17/2017 08:09 AM

    I hate to see this happening. When I was in high school (late 60's) I wanted to check out "Catch 22" from the school library (in Ohio) since I had started reading it, got enthralled, and had to return it to someone before I finished. The librarian told me that the book was "too controversial" and it was not in our stacks. Now THAT made me uncomfortable, as if I was being told that I was reading porno. Kids should be encouraged to read and to discuss what they are reading with adults.

  • Timothy Stanley

    10/17/2017 05:10 AM

    I wonder why Mississippi isn't worried about "making people feel uncomfortable" by flying the flag that represents the people who murdered, raped and enslaved the families of a large number of it's citizens.

  • Linda Scaccia

    10/17/2017 12:20 AM

    This just reminds me so much of 1984 and rewriting history. Our school district won't let them show a film about the holocaust because it is too graphic and can only be seen with parental permission. Very sad. How will they be prepared for the future if they don't know about the past?

  • Linda Scaccia

    10/17/2017 12:19 AM

    This just reminds me so much of 1984 and rewriting history. Our school district won't let them show a film about the holocaust because it is too graphic and can only be seen with parental permission. Very sad. How will they be prepared for the future if they don't know about the past?

  • Curt DeWhitt

    10/17/2017 12:00 AM

    What do ISIS, BLM and ANTIFA have in common? Like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and John McCain, they're all working to destroy America. Terrorists, all of them!

  • Stephen W Thompson

    10/16/2017 11:09 PM

    When I read things like this, it almost makes me believe that the late great Ray Bradbury may not have been too far off the mark with his book Fahrenheit 451. If we ban books, can burning books be far behind? If someone doesn't like To Kill a Mockingbird this year, what is the target next year? Books that decry war? Books whose historical significance like Huckleberry Finn or even Gone With the Wind are somehow diminished by the politically correct Pharisees? And what of the Bible? I fear this is just the beginning of a slippery slope that we definitely don't want to be exploring.

  • Stephen W Thompson

    10/16/2017 11:09 PM

    When I read things like this, it almost makes me believe that the late great Ray Bradbury may not have been too far off the mark with his book Fahrenheit 451. If we ban books, can burning books be far behind? If someone doesn't like To Kill a Mockingbird this year, what is the target next year? Books that decry war? Books whose historical significance like Huckleberry Finn or even Gone With the Wind are somehow diminished by the politically correct Pharisees? And what of the Bible? I fear this is just the beginning of a slippery slope that we definitely don't want to be exploring.

  • Margaret Ware

    10/16/2017 10:59 PM

    I can remember when Huckleberry Finn was banned in the past at various schools. One thing when people realize something is "banned" they want to read it all the more. This too will pass.

  • Rhonda Bennett

    10/16/2017 10:54 PM

    We were required to read this in high school. It's a classic, just as Gone With The Wind. If nothing else, wouldnt it show how far we have come in those areas that are receiving criticism. Next thing you know they'll want to paint the "white"house because it's also racist. Must be one of the reasons President Trump refers to it as the "People's House ????
    Enough is enough.
    This all is just ignorance accompanied with hate. If our children arent taught American history, it can and is going to repeat itself.

  • Kelly Bogie

    10/16/2017 10:47 PM

    One of the greatest books ever written. EVERYONE should read it. If you can't read, get audiotapes or watch the movie. But ideally, read the book.

  • Kelly Bogie

    10/16/2017 10:46 PM

    One of the greatest books ever written. EVERYONE should read it. If you can't read, get audiotapes or watch the movie. But ideally, read the book.

  • Kelly Bogie

    10/16/2017 10:46 PM

    One of the greatest books ever written. EVERYONE should read it. If you can't read, get audiotapes or watch the movie. But ideally, read the book.

  • Jennifer Ebener

    10/16/2017 08:53 PM

    Wow! (And not a "good" wow.) I read this in high school. It is a classic. We are educating our children to be uneducated and to be overly-sensitive whiners. We had better "wake up and smell the coffee," because the adults are creating a huge problem for our children. The unfair, unpleasant, hurtful world doesn't really care if sombody is offended or upset...get over it and move on. Life, most certainly, is unfair and unpleasant, sometimes. Heaven help these kids when they truly encounter "unpleasantries" throughout their lifetimes. I vaguely remember hearing something to the effect of, "If we don't learn from the past, we are destined to repeat it." I suggest the "real" learning commence.

  • Pamela Harrmann

    10/16/2017 08:42 PM

    Governor Huckabee....I am aghast our reading exposure is still being assaulted and manipulated by the progressive left...The progressives can not rule world based society as long as we have a constitution and we still learn from history through education and the classics...Gain control over our kids minds. Isn't that how socialism and communism work... aren't Bernie supporters mostly young people lashing at bad bad government? Now Hillary wants to teach our kids...maybe computers! We also must protect our constitution and keep the swamp out of the Supreme Court..the progressives have got to one justice. She will work forever to avoid a Trump replacement...The left doesn't like an assertive director f education. Can she help save the classics? I am 68 years young...I am taking 3 online accredited classes 1. the constitution 2. the classics from renaissance to modern 3. drawing. The constitution should be a required course(2 semester)in every high school in America to get federal aide. Taught by a conservative of course...love you and Sara....go Hukabees and sounds like more little"bees" growing up...I hope I can write again...Shawn Hannity is my hero too. And of course Newt..how do I find your new show....The number of responses we have here speaks loudly too....Let's get a team of us voters to back worker bees (no pun intended)like you Shawn,and Newt...we would have quite a conservative army by election time. But screen applicants well. No feelly, feelly types..compassionate intellects only....a cool name! Later Pamela

  • Nancy Hazlett

    10/16/2017 08:28 PM

    Any censorship of material and banning of books or movies because of words is simply Nazism. The first amendment protects unpopular speech and censorship is the beginning of the down hill spiral to 1984, another movie I am sure they wish to ban. If they don't want this sort of thing in their curriculum, then that is fine, but then this will only spur rebellion of kids who will go out and get the book or movie just to see why it was banned in the first place. They should put it up for a vote among parents and I would not want to ban this from schools. Kids no longer learn real history and the common core agenda...it needs abolishing because it is trying to erase history as if it never existed, and then we are doomed to repeat it, and kids don't learn how harmful communism is or how they try to teach them the State is better than your parents. Indoctrination and brainwashing, and the state trying to raise the kids, and the destruction of the family unit.

  • Phyllis Sharai

    10/16/2017 08:18 PM

    I am 83 years old and remember Hitler. They banned books then they burned them. Destroyed families banned plays I could go on and on. When they started taking down statues I knew it was starting. George Sorros is the one I think is starting all of this and he goes to the ones he knows are ready to get on his bandwagon. I pray everyday for this world to change. That's why I support our President. We need to keep families together put morale's back. I do not like to see anything like this happen do not start to ban books or pictures.

  • LaDonna Perry

    10/16/2017 08:06 PM

    Did this happen in Alabama? Biloxi, MS or both??

  • Susan K. Meyer

    10/16/2017 08:03 PM

    I taught both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to junior high school students in a small Nebraska public school system. They found both books highly interesting, and we discussed thoroughly how the language in the books reflected a certain time in history, and that many terms, if they were used now, were considered hurtful and wrong to use. Great literature remains great literature.....it's up to the school and teacher to use them as teaching tools and not a way to promote and/or condone racism.

  • ERNEST WILLIAMS

    10/16/2017 07:55 PM

    ref: “To Kill A Mockingbird”
    I never read the book, but I did see the movie many, many years ago. If my memory serves me right, the intent of the movie was to highlight racial injustice in the south, not to add to it. Banning this book is just another way of trying to change history to fit the progressive narrative.

    btw: my wife and I will be in your audience Friday night.

  • Doug Ferreri

    10/16/2017 07:54 PM

    This school board, as well as others that have adopted this stance, seems to be interested in raising a generation of Stepford Children. A total weakening of a society.

  • Kathy Dixon

    10/16/2017 07:47 PM

    I am dumbfounded at the ignorance of these people. I do recall that Little Red Riding Hood was banned because there was a bottle of wine in her basket of goodies. The fact remains that 'To Kill A Mockingbird' is one of the best stories ever written about the south in a time when few stood up for the black man. A time that shows there can be justice and we have been striving for that for a long time. And it's a shame that Barrack Obama set us back 80 years.
    Sadly a parent really needs to worry about what the educators are doing.

  • Kelly Siebecke Smithhart

    10/16/2017 07:46 PM

    Incredible.

    The era-reflective and historically appropriate use of the N-word in this Pulitzer Prize winning book makes people in this Alabama school district "uncomfortable". So they ban it.

    The words and themes in rap music make me and many others uncomfortable - especially the continual use of the N-word. Who's going to do something about *that* anytime soon?

    "To Kill A Mockingbird" is classic American literature that encourages and advocates for the end of racism. Rap music is classic American crap that encourages and advocates for monetary greed, criminal behavior, sexism, and violence against women.

    More topsy-turvy from the annals of Progressivism, it would seem.

  • Annamarie Hamilton

    10/16/2017 07:44 PM

    How can we learn from the past if people ban books and tear down statues. Great literature should promote dialogue not silence words. Banning books is the wrong decision. You cannot erase history. Right now, people do not want to listen to others views. They would rather shout down a speaker than listen and ask questions and have a dialogue. If you don't want to hear someone speak, then don't go to their lecture. Political correctness is more important than being honest. We are living in sad times where permissiveness rules and being accountable for your actions is not happening. Where are we headed???

  • David Jones

    10/16/2017 07:40 PM

    Mike, Dr. Gerhard E. Frost was a great Lutheran pastor, theologian, teacher, writer, poet, and seminary professor here in Minnesota. Dr. Frost wrote,

    "In parenting and teaching,
    let this be our aim:
    Not to make every idea safe for children,
    but every child safe
    for ideas."

  • Kelly Siebecke Smithhart

    10/16/2017 07:34 PM

    Incredible.

    The era-reflective and historically appropriate use of the N-word in this Pulitzer Prize winning book makes people in this Alabama school district "uncomfortable". So they ban it.

    The words and themes in rap music make me and many others uncomfortable - especially the continual use of the N-word. Who's going to do something about *that* anytime soon?

    "To Kill A Mockingbird" is classic American literature that encourages and advocates for the end of racism. Rap music is classic American crap that encourages and advocates for monetary greed, criminal behavior, sexism, and violence against women.

    More topsy-turvy from the annals of Progressivism, it would seem.

  • Kelly Siebecke Smithhart

    10/16/2017 07:34 PM

    Incredible.

    The era-reflective and historically appropriate use of the N-word in this Pulitzer Prize winning book makes people in this Alabama school district "uncomfortable". So they ban it.

    The words and themes in rap music make me and many others uncomfortable - especially the continual use of the N-word. Who's going to do something about *that* anytime soon?

    "To Kill A Mockingbird" is classic American literature that encourages and advocates for the end of racism. Rap music is classic American crap that encourages and advocates for monetary greed, criminal behavior, sexism, and violence against women.

    More topsy-turvy from the annals of Progressivism, it would seem.

  • Glen Gray

    10/16/2017 07:33 PM

    Then "somebody" will be trying to ban segregation "again" someday. All being the same group that tail wags the dog.

  • Crystal Humphrey

    10/16/2017 07:22 PM

    First thanks for all you do! Second i think this is just as bad as removal of statues that are our history. You have said it before and i agree with every word! So do many of us and we are thankful for your voice that gets our thoughts and prayers out there better than we ever could

  • Vivian Mahony

    10/16/2017 07:19 PM

    This was written in the language, customs and traditions of the time period and should not be changed. It shows the progress and growth we have all experienced. Race relations have changed, but it took progress to get there and this exemplifies that. It is not disresptful, but rather introspective. I am unhappy with persons of color wanting to destroy our monuments, statues and memorials to those who served in the Civil War. I find this disrespectful and racial. As a white person, this is my history too, as well as yours. It does not hurt you, it is a representative of what we all went through to get to where we are. I feel black people want to focus on the negative to get more attention, when it is the history of their ancestors and mine that paved the way for more understanding and tolerance. I do not find it very tolerable to be blamed for everything all the time. All people have responsibilties to themselves to improve their own lives. They are not owed anything by anyone else.

  • Steve Waller

    10/16/2017 07:15 PM

    The book is set in Alabama. BUT, The article states that the School Board in the article is in Biloxi, Mississippi, not in Alabama. Could you change the headline in order to be accurate, please? Thanks! :-)

  • Helen Lockwood

    10/16/2017 07:12 PM

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best books to use to teach about the injustice of racism...my students always learned so much from both the book and our discussions surrounding the issue of racial injustice from the mindsets of the book's setting, the time it was written, and current social climate.

  • Vivian Mahony

    10/16/2017 07:10 PM

    This was written with the customs, traditions and language acceptable during this time and should not be excluded. I think this shows a history of our transition and growth through the years. Just as we should not destroy statues and memorials, neither should we change or destroy literature. It teaches us valuable lessons about ourselves and the progress we have made through understanding and tolerance. I strongly disagree with all the monuments, memorials and flags and symbols being forsaken in the name of racial equality. It is not just black history, but all races that are affected and that is unforgivable. As a white person, I am offended by their actions. They have no right to change my history to satisfy their own.

  • Joyce Taylor

    10/16/2017 07:07 PM

    Liberals want to erase any and everything that alludes to racial harmony. Confederate flags and statutes were a symbol of the nations fight to end the institution of slavery. Atticus Finch represented a Black man and their children ended up playing "together." I keep wondering when the liberals will change their environmental platform in order to have the trees cut down because slaves and some of those who fought for them were hung on many of them. Just like these Black football players saying they are "taking the knee" to bring attention to "suppression." At the same time many of them are either dating or married to White women (products of the oppressors).