A school in Missouri has banned the Kurt Vonnegut classic "Slaughterhouse Five" and another book after one person complained that the books teach principles that are contrary to the Bible.
Last year a college professor named Wesley Scroggins called for the banning of "filthy books" assigned to students at Republic High School -- "Slaughterhouse Five," Twenty Boy Summer" and "Speak."
He called the last two books "soft pornography" because they deal with sex. About "Slaughterhouse Five," he wrote in the Springfield News-Leader:
In English, children are also required to read a book called "Slaughterhouse Five." This is a book that contains so much profane language, it would make a sailor blush with shame.
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Well, it took a while, but last week Scoggins scored a two-thirds victory, with the Republic school district voting to ban the Vonnegut book and "Twenty Boy Summer," but keeping "Speak."
"I congratulate them for doing what's right and removing the two books," Scroggins told the News-Leader. "It's unfortunate they chose to keep the other book."
Superintendent Vern Minor said that "numerous individuals have read the three novels and provided their feedback."
He said, "We very clearly stayed out of discussion about moral issues. The discussion we've been having was not are these good books or bad books... It is is this consistent with what we've said is appropriate for kids."
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The battle over the books did not fire-up the community. Aside from one reporter, just six people were there for the final decision -- four board members and two administrators. Scoggins didn't even show up for a victory lap.