Up to 150 students at a Missouri high school that ordered “Slaughterhouse-Five” pulled from its library shelves can get a free copy of the novel, courtesy of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library…

The offer for students at Republic High School comes on the heels of the Republic School Board’s decision to remove Vonnegut’s novel and Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” from the curriculum and the school library shelves.

“All of these students will be eligible to vote and some may be protecting our country through military service in the next year or two,” Julia Whitehead, the executive director of the Vonnegut library in Indianapolis, said in a statement.

“It is shocking and unfortunate that those young adults and citizens would not be considered mature enough to handle the important topics raised by Kurt Vonnegut, a decorated war veteran. Everyone can learn something from his book.”

Slaughterhouse-Five, considered Vonnegut’s most influential and popular work, is a satirical novel centered around the bombing of the German city of Dresden during World War Two.

The Republic School District took the move at its April 18 meeting following a complaint lodged by local resident Wesley Scroggins in the spring of 2010.

In his complaint, the Missouri State University associate business professor called on district officials to stop using textbooks and other materials “that create false conceptions of American history and government or that teach principles contrary to Biblical morality and truth.”

The school district members immediately rolled over and stuck all four hooves in the air in response to this Christian command.




  1. Uncle Dave says:

    Christianity has built into it — via the creation myth of Adam and Eve and the apple — the idea that humans must not be exposed to other ideas least they be tempted into sin and become unbelievers if they know more than they are supposed to.

    This is just a part of that effort to control learning that there are other ways of thinking about things than the proscribed way.

  2. gmknobl says:

    Gotta say, those people that banned the book or asked for it are not Christian-in-deed and give real Christians a bad name.

    Of course, conservative “Christians” have been doing that for a long time and since Christ’s core message is a very liberal one, they really aren’t into doing Christ’s work that much at all.

  3. Huck Finn says:

    This level of political correctness is amazing
    yet there is more snide racism in our world than ever before
    Huck Finn – forget that
    you might learn bad words – or perhaps even had an understanding that racism existed once more
    Never go out of your house and speak to no one might be the logic

  4. “courtesy of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library…”

    Not the local taxpayers who have every right to decide what their local tax dollars will support in regards to their children’s education.

    And that’s the point of this entire kerfuffle.

  5. MikeN says:

    #40, not sure what any of that has to do with what I wrote. Fox News covered the News of the World scandal every show I’ve seen, so not sure what you are talking about there, maybe other networks are covering it even more. Either way, what that has to do with free speech, I’m not sure, unless Fox is arguing that results of hacking should not be published.

    Also, allowing corporations to speak is not a restriction of free speech. So all you have left is churches, and really your post appears to be mostly random blather.

    On the other hand, I posted that liberals pushed for a law that used government power to restrict ads against candidates. They didn’t ban them outright, just insisted that all ads say I’m X and I approve this message with the idea that it would cut down on the speech they dislike.

  6. kamagra says:

    Kurt Vonnegut illustrates not only his subtle outcry against the stupidity of war, but also his cynical views on the meaning of life.