I have a bit of a longer submission than you guys usually post. At the library where I work we keep a record of all of the books that get challenged (patrons attempting to have a book banned or moved to the Parental Advisory section, which they don't seem to understand is reserved purely for nonfiction books about sexuality and human reproduction).
We make the challenger fill out a form in which they write the reasons they want these books banned. I recorded my favorite ones and have been trying to find a place to submit them for the viewing pleasure of my fellow librarians and those who support freedom of information.
I've included them with the title of the book and its author at the beginning. Everything in quotes is how it was written on the form, and I left in spelling/grammar errors as well as punctuation like underlines. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
Librarians Do It In The Stacks
Why Books Get Challenged
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers: "Pages 9, 12, and 21 have depictions of homosexual parents with babies; I find this morally reprehensible and I am stunned that the library system let this subtle form of indoctrination slip through the cracks (or did you do it on purpose?) I checked it out for my 21 month old (by the way, he will not be exposed to this kind of disgusting material." Recommendation: "burn it."
Southwest USA (DVD) by Lonely Planet: "This video has material that if anybody was doing a report or curious about the southwestern United States, I hope would find nauseating. If you watch, there is a festival called Black Rock's Burning Man Festival showing Pagan festivities including nude people which it clearly shows penus and breast's defiling what this very country's fabric was made out of when established, that is not the Southwestern United States our forefathers fought for." Recommendation: "Chunk it, actually send it back w/ a letter to Lonely Planet declaring there obvious mistake in reference materials they are issuing to the hands of kids."
Celebrating Wiccan Spirituality by Lady Sabrina: "This is an overtly occult book which undermines everything good and Holy. It is not only an assault upon Christianity, but promotes evil itself. If I had children, I would be more comfortable allowing them into an adult bookstore than exposing them to the occult in the library. This is extremely unhealthy for my community." The patron was asked if they read the material in full: "No. This is a how-to book on witchcraft and I did not desire to invoke unholy spirits through the incantations and spells."
Prehistoric Life Explained by Jinny Johnson: "This book (+ others) represent the evolution theory (including the age of the earth). Unless I missed them, I don't see any Creation books in the children's science section regarding how the world began. If this is so, then there is not a fair representation of the other, just as (or more) valid explanation of the earth + life's origin." Recommendation: "Decrease the #'s of this book. And increase the #'s of books on Creation + put some of them in the science section—after all—the Christian belief is God created science! Also, there are several good Creation (children's) books not available @ this branch—only @ other branches." (Author's note: we do have books on Christianity—and all religions—in the religion section, not the science section).
Heat Seeker by Lora Leigh: "Book is marked as a romance, but first chapter is sexually explicit. Reclassify or pull book. I checked it out after reviewing summary on back; then started book but quit after 1st chapter."
Adventures of Meno: Uh-Oh Sick by Tony DiTerlizzi: "The entire book reads like a Japanese learning english. Poor sentence structure. Please remove this from the learning to read section. This needs to be in a baby section."
H.M.S. Unseen by Patrick Robinson: "Character Admiral Morgan uses strong profanity, he constantly uses the 'f' word along with other foul language. See letter to author (attached).
"Dear Mr. Robinson,
"I recently listened to H.M.S. Unseen. It contained a wealth of information about current events and geography. The foul language was a huge disappointment for two reasons. 1) It was consistently strong and coarse, not a sprinkle but a torrent. 2) The worse offender was an American. The people from other countries mainly refrained from profanity except Admiral Morgan. There are nearly a million children in the United States educational system and your book, were it 'cleaned up,' would make great reading for middle and upper level social studies or current event classes. That's alot of books sold."
((Editor's Note: a quick check to Amazon reveals this to be a fiction novel about a lethal submarine being stolen by "his archenemy, the world's most cunning--yet reportedly dead--terrorist spy." ...Current events?! I think I missed that news story... --Ilia))