The Canadian Magisterium

November 23, 2007

Though I am second to none in my admiration for our neighbors in the frozen north, where they have mastered the twin arts of national health care and great beer, I have to admit that Canadians are afflicted with their own gaggles of ninnies, geeks and feebs. Just in time for the release of the film version of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, a school board that oversees 43 elementary and secondary schools in Ontario has ordered that all of Pullman’s books be removed from school libraries because “the books are apparently written by an athetist.”

In the spirit of aggressive me-tooism, one secular fella is suggesting that all atheistic authors should be banned, and he even provides a list of names. Personally, I think it’s kind of funny to see a Catholic school board acting in a way that’s hard to distinguish from Pullman’s Magisterium. Maybe the board members should read the book and savor the irony. But people who read books and people who ban books are two groups that seldom overlap.

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3 Responses to “The Canadian Magisterium”

  1. Caveat Says:

    Oh, the shame of it all! We too have religious crackpots. And of course, being the socialist ninnies we are, they are funded by the public purse.

    On the up side, this should put sales through the roof, so I’m sure the author is happy.

  2. charles Says:

    The publicly funded provincial education system in Ontario you refer to requires a “Pastoral Reference” for employment as a teacher. Divorced need not apply.

  3. Bill Bowman Says:

    Another classic Hartism: In addition to “You are what you eat (regarding our old pal, G. Gordon Liddy {thought I forgot that one, huh?}) and “Republicans love to rule but hate to govern,” we now have, “But people who read books and people who ban books are two groups that seldom overlap.”

    Good stuff.


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