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July 28, 2005

Obscenity laden book required reading in Massachusetts school

From AgapePress...

Massachusetts parent Rick Plouffe is asking his local high school to remove a profanity-filled book from his daughter's required summer reading assignment. In an effort to enlighten students about the topic of autism, Wellesley High School is having students read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a novel by Mark Haddon. But after reviewing the book, the Wellesley dad says he was shocked by its obscene content.

Plouffe, whose daughter will be a sophomore at the school this fall, says he got four pages into the novel and the "f-word" started popping up. And as he proceeded to finish the book, he says he encountered "just about every swear you can think of, including the 'c-word'."

Wellesley High School principal Rena Mirkin has responded to Plouffe's concerns about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by saying the merit of the book outweighs its profane content. But Plouffe says he was troubled "that high school students from maybe 13 years and older were being exposed to this by a school administration that has a stated policy against profanity in the school."

The Massachusetts father says he is just one of several concerned Wellesley parents who want the obscene novel dumped from their children's reading list, and he believes many other residents support the move. "I have not heard from anybody in my neighborhood or in the community who's told me that I'm barking up the wrong tree," he points out.

Perhaps if they spent less time reading trashy literature and studied some real subjects (like Geography) these schools wouldn't be such a laughing stock.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 28, 2005 07:56 AM

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This does not surprise me. It is, after all, public school. Have you actually picked up a copy of The Grapes of Wrath lately? A sex-offending preacher and plenty of foul language in just the first few chapters.

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
- Mark Twain

Posted by: Heather at July 29, 2005 01:33 PM

Of all of the great books in the entire world - this claptrap is required reading??!!

I fear for the future of our Republic.

Posted by: Monica-Philadelphia at July 29, 2005 11:53 PM

Perhaps if you spent less time with hypocrisy and actually READ THE BOOKS YOU ARE DISMISSING OUT OF HAND (because of some language that every teenager including your own sons and daughters is using), you Dominionist Christians wouldn't be such a laughing stock for the rest of the world.

With people like you guys I really DO fear for the future of our republic. More good reading material here

and here:


Posted by: Reverend Roder at July 30, 2005 10:00 AM

As usual, "reverend", you miss the obvious. It's that this is required reading that we are objecting to. Also that you'd think all teenagers talk like sewer rats show quite a bit of naivete, as well as condescension on your part.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at July 30, 2005 10:51 AM


If English teachers wouldn't REQUIRE their students to read the books that are discussed in class, it wouldn't be good education, now would it?

The book itself, by the way, is one of the most kind and heart-breaking stories about a disabled kid who tries to pull his family together while solving a "criminal case" about a murdered dog. It allows a sensitive view into the "strange" but surprisingly familiar mind of a mathematically gifted autist. It shows kids the adventure of science, how beautiful math can be and it has humor, wit and compassion as its core topics.
Certainly better educational values than the ones espoused in the Bible, where Gay bashing, witch burning and the murder of infants are quite often the topics du jour.

My condecension for your ilk, by the way, is certainly not even on par with the condescension Dominionist Christians show toward Gay, Atheist or Wiccan people.

While I, for example would never dream of taking your rights to proselytize away, you constantly try such stunts by bullying companies that have gay-friendly policies (see AFA vs. Ford Motors).
All I am doing is calling you on your s**t and disputing the conjecture you sell as facts. And, of course, fighting for EQUAL treatment of all religions (and on-religions) under the law, no matter how many adherents each one has.

- Markus, a loving atheist husband and politically active American / German

Posted by: Reverend Roder at July 30, 2005 01:39 PM

Crackpots usually show their true colors. You've done it in abundance Markus

Posted by: Danny Carlton at July 30, 2005 09:42 PM

Is that why you turned me off commmenting in General?

Posted by: Reverend Roder at July 31, 2005 05:41 AM


apparently it DOES work.

Posted by: Reverend Roder at July 31, 2005 05:54 AM

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