Friday, February 1, 2008
Who Would Dare to Ban Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'
Now here's ultimate insanity; attempting to ban an American classic. Ray Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451 is a wonderful book about saving wonderful books from the hands of a fascist, repressive society bent on making everyone a passive reality-television watcher.
The Verms, the family (from Texas) that desires to withhold the right to read Bradbury's classic novel, have forgotten that our forefathers sought to give us freedom of speech and freedom to worship. The Verms have failed to understand that FAHRENHEIT 451 teaches us that freedom of thought is to be cherished and defended, not banned. Mr. Verm actually had the audacity to say that there was no reason to read FAHRENHEIT 451! How sad can a person get?
I don't care if Mr. Verm ever reads Bradbury's book. I don't care if his daughter will not read it. But, I do care about the children in Texas who may not be allowed to study this classic tale in a classroom with a qualified teacher to aid interpretation and appreciation. Nevertheless, if worse comes to worse, I recommend reading FAHRENHEIT 451 in a closet with a flashlight or candle. Just don't burn it!