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Here's a lie: "The politically correct crowd just got a great American novel banned."

It is a New York Post headline. The truth would not have had the same emotional impact. The whole article is an attempt, not to convince people by means of reason, but by appeal to their feelings.

The truth is, "the Friends' Central School removed the Mark Twain classic, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from the 11th-grade American literature class curriculum ... after students said it made them feel uncomfortable. The book was not, "banned," and is still in the school library.

What made the poor little dears, "uncomfortable," was the frequent use of the word nigger by Mr. Clemens, who was as far from being a racist as is possible. The problem is not censorship. The problem is that it is a school run by typical ignorant collectivists. For example, these words by the principle of the school, Art Hall: "I do not believe, (he's apparently not sure), that we're censoring. I really do believe that this is an opportunity for the school to step forward and listen to the students."

If this were a real school where students attended to be taught by teachers, it would be the students who did the listening and the teachers who did the teaching. But Mr. Hall is not a teacher, he's a collectivist uninterested in education so long as the collective, "community," is not harmed, whatever the damage is to individual students. Here's what he wrote to parents: "We have all come to the conclusion that the community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits." [Who is "we?"]

So the New York Post headline will get people worked up over a supposed book-banning by a private school and their readers will go on in their ignorance of what the issue, which they never explain, really is. Those who know the truth do not need to resort to lies and sensationalism.

—(12/15/15)