Objection—The stories, which are set in an alternative universe populated with talking animals, undermine belief in God and organized religion and promote atheism.
Teachers said the book was inappropriate for children because it contains rhymes on “how to get girls pregnant, put-downs of homosexuals, racism and profanity.”
Terry Lewis, a member of the Reform party’s national executive council, complained about the use of this novel by Winnipeg’s River East School Division and called for the book’s removal from school reading lists. The novel has been targeted in other school jurisdictions across Canada as well.
Objection—Lewis, who distributed 10,000 copies of a pamphlet arguing against the book, said that Steinbeck’s frequent use of “God,” “God-damned,” and “Jesus” in profane and blasphemous ways offended Christians and couldn’t possibly have any educational benefit.
The novel depicts a dispute over clear-cut logging in B.C.
Objection—In the novel, a girl’s grandmother joins an anti-logging group and poses semi-nude for a calendar. In the first chapter, several boys taunt the girl about her grandmother’s breasts, calling them “bazoongas.” The librarian objected to the bullying scene—the Elizabeth School has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying—and to the word “bazoongas.”
Objection—The complainant said that the jokes were in poor taste and promoted negative attitudes toward women and ethnic minorities. The committee withdrew the book from circulation.
The book tells the story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin in a zoo.
Objection—On religious grounds, the parent objected to the theme of homosexual parenting. The library removed the book from its collection.
Objection—The patron said the text is racist because it refers to “Red Indians.” Although 450 people had borrowed the library’s five copies of the book between 1996 and 2008, the library put Mog and the Granny into the recycling bin.
During Freedom to Read Week, the Lethbridge Public Library displayed books that had been challenged in North America. The inclusion of Final Exit in the display prompted one library patron to formally request the removal of the book from the library.
Objection—The complainant said that the book promoted suicide.
2007—The Council of Turkish Canadians objected to the inclusion of this book on a recommended reading list for a proposed Grade 11 history course on genocide in Toronto public schools.
Objection—The book describes the deaths of more than a million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire early in the twentieth century as genocide.