Monday, January 7, 2008

Freedom To Read: Weak

Don't ever let any censorious heteronormative bluenose try to take away your "Huckleberry Finn" or "Lady Chatterley's Lover" -- 'cause the Canada Council for the Arts and "Freedom To Read Week" are here with a week of pageantry and self-satisfaction, all done to help you believe you still live in those long-ago glory days of centuries past when it was liberals who respected freedom of expression. You know, if you don't bravely stand up for your right to read literature that was once considered mildly risque or controversial by the long-dead, then you're no Canadian, sir.

How about that atrocious case of border guard power tripping gone mad, the infamous"Little Sisters" case from 1894 or '95? I think it was Wilfred Laurier who had the choicest bon mot about that one, but it was so long ago that I can't remember. Good thing Freedom to Read Week is there to remind us.

So yes, please, official Arts establishment -- let us raise awareness and celebrate the Freedom to Read! Our arms and voices are raised together as we fight the dark, massing forces of Christian fundamentalism and social conservatism. They will not take away our lesbian erotica.

The freedom to read is strong in Canada. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Not one citizen has yet been prosecuted for owning or thinking about "America Alone", or for having a copy of the offending Macleans magazine. The Arts Council has your back.

The freedom to write? Well, comrade -- you take your chances with the Human Rights Commissions, there.

(They're two floors up and down the right-hand hall from the Arts Council.)


OregonGuy said...


I checked on Mark Twain and got this unbefore imagined collision:

"Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn Margaret Atwood"

You pesky Candiens!

Marginalized Action Dinosaur said...

Just don't read the bible that cost Hugh Owens.

Don't head homosexual newsletters where they advertise to have sex with, well,... I better stop there going on could be costly.

Don't read crime numbers that blame the lefts sacred groups that cost Jim Pankiw.

And don't read what the Imam said like Mark Steyn quoted. Quoting people from groups who say nasty things is bad them saying it isn't bad but quoting them certainly is.

The National socialists are among us.

Marginalized Action Dinosaur said...

should add the second one was where they nailed Bill Whatcott.