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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Sept. 17, 2021
Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, my friend Tom Spence, president of Regnery Publishing (which brought out my book Lost Shepherd), lets loose on Banned Books Week. He explains that “this gimmicky promotion caters primarily to those who believe that schoolchildren should have access to anything bound between two covers without the interference of those busybodies we call parents.”
Unfortunately, Spence observes, there are books being banned today—although “the sponsors of Banned Books Week have nothing to say about it.” Books that offend against “woke” attitudes and politically-correct standards are disappearing from bookstores and from the Amazon menu. Authors are “cancelled.” Lecturers are “disinvited.”
Such censorship hurts the authors, of course. But it also hurts the rest of us, their potential readers, because we never have a chance to learn what they have to say. We don’t even know what we don’t know. …
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