ERIC Number: ED145474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Contrasting Views on Censorship.
Riel, Arthur R., Jr.
This paper asserts that public demands for book censorship are but one aspect of a deep public dissatisfaction with the educational establishment, and develops the thesis that the cause of this dissatisfaction is the contrast in world views and religions of those in the educational establishment and the censors. The educational establishment professes and practices the religion of humanism, in which it is believed that students will develop in positive ways regardless of what they read; the censors believe in theism, in which it is believed that human nature is weak and that people need guidance and protection from corrupting influences. Compounding the problem, educators see humanism, not as a sect, but as an inevitable way of thinking, and they feel superior to the censors. The paper concludes by observing that the way to decrease hostility toward the educational establishment is to permit people to choose the religious orientation of the schools that their children attend. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)