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Mark Twain Censored – Follow-Up

More on that subject – including a discussion – can be found in the New York Times.

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Mark Twain censored

There’s a new, “sanitized”, version out of Mark Wain’s “Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer“, in which, among others, the word “nigger” has been replaced by “slave”, as the New York Times reports. That, to my mind, is not only political correctness gone way too far, but also a falsification of a literary work. What the editor of that new edition does not understand is that every work of literature [and art in general] is an expression of the ideas and beliefs of the time it was written and that, in the case of a literary piece of work, the exact text is really necessary to understand the work itself and the author. Any alteration simply is a falsification. There clearly is a need to explain e.g. the usage of words to modern readers [and especially young ones], but this can and must be done in footnotes.

P.S.: That also goes for editions of the Bible in which every reference to a male God has been replaced by a gender-neutral term.

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offensive pigs

“A story based on the Three Little Pigs fairy tale has been turned down by a government agency’s awards panel as the subject matter could offend Muslims. The digital book, re-telling the classic story, was rejected by judges who warned that ‘the use of pigs raises cultural issues’.”

cf. BBC online news

This, to my mind, is political correctness taken too far and smacks of censorship.

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Christian values in Britain

In a way, the views of British MP Mark Pritchett about attempts to move Christianity to the “margins” of British life [see BBC online news] fit in nicely with the previous post.

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merry-go-round at a British hospital

According to the Guardian Wrap there are plans by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust to turn the beds of Muslim patients towards Mecca five times a day if they request it and a look at the Trust’s website confirmed that this is already being done at one hospital at least: to my mind another example of political correctness gone too far.

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