I've been a bit worried that many people haven't quite understood just how books are banned here, and so have just added a clearer explantion - or as much of one as I am able to write without having all the facts at hand.
And have you seen Daphne Lee's column in Starmag today? She highlights just beautifully the total ridiculousness of the present situation:
Now, believe it or not, there are a few children’s books on the list. They include Spongebob Squarepants titles, a Dora’s Fiesta Adventure ActivePoint Book, Poems & Prayers for Children and Read-Aloud Children’s Classics. Of course, the banning of children’s books is not a new thing. It happens all over the world. In the United States, Britain and Australia, parents’ groups, religious bodies, libraries and schools might ban certain books. Whether it’s right or wrong is a matter of personal opinion, I guess. What some may consider completely innocuous, may be deemed a bad influence by others.
I do believe, however, that parents are the only ones who can decide what their children should or shouldn’t read. If you’re concerned about your kids’ choice of reading material, then pay attention and advise accordingly. And, sorry, but I don’t count opinions that are based just on the cover image, title and synopsis.
I think parents have to read a book if they want to pass judgment on it. Same goes for Mr Home Ministry. Did he think Patrick Star of SpongeBob Squarepants fame was dressed a bit too skimpily? Was Dora the Explorer’s adventurous nature considered unbecoming for a little girl? Or did the word “fiesta” in the title convince him that she was a party girl with loose morals? The mind boggles!