"Owls?" you ask...
- <A HREF="http://www.washtimes.com/culture/20030512-90235056.htm">Publishers censor own texts in nod to PC -- The Washington Times</A>
'Fictional tales involving dinosaurs, disobedient children, coffee,
Irish-American policemen and "exemplary upper-class people of bygone days"
are being excised from American schoolbooks, according to a newly published
study on classroom policy in the United States.'
'The obsessive attention to the content of children's books is likely to stop
a future American J.K. Rowling in her tracks. The Harry Potter series, which
contravenes educational publishers' guidelines by referring to satanism,
violence, religion and owls, has been listed by the American Library
Association as the "most attacked" book in the country.'
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- "Ernest S. Tomlinson" wrote:
>Is this what you're looking for?
> On Tue, 13 May 2003 09:23:12 -0500, "Croft, Janet B" <jbcroft@...>
> > I didn't explain Pratchett's concept very well, I'm afraid. What he
> > means by "Lies-to-children" is those partial truths or little stories
> > that seem to explain a phenomenon -- until you look at them a little
> > closer and see that it doesn't really explain the whole thing.
> I understand that, but I see a big difference between "rainbows are
> caused by raindrops acting like prisms" (which isn't quite the whole
> story, but still a good approximation of the truth) and "you shouldn't
> chew gum because it angers the elf that lives in your stomach" (which
> isn't true at all, unless you resort to a tortured post-modernistic
> definition of 'truth'.)
> (I'm reminded of Lewis's argument about "horrid red things". Where was
"I once heard a lady tell her daughter that if you ate too
many aspirin tablets you would die. 'But why?' asked the
child. 'If you squash them you don't find any horrid red
things inside them.' Obviously, when this child thought of
poison she not only had an attendant image of 'horrid red
things,' but she actually believed that poison was red. And
this is an error. But how far does it invalidate her thinking
about poison? She learned that an overdose of aspirin would
kill you: her belief was true. She knew, within limits,
which of the substances in her mother's house were poisonous.
If I, staying in the house, had raised a glass of what looked
like water to my lips, and the child had said, 'Don't drink
that. Mummie says it's poisonous,' I should have been foolish
to disregard the warning on the ground that 'This child has an
archaic and mythological idea of poison as horrid red things.'"
The quote is from an essay that is actually called "'Horrid Red