Moron of the Day

Goes to Andrea Minnon from North Berwick, Maine. She is trying to get The Catcher in the Rye banned from the freshman curriculum at her son’s high school. My favorite part of the article is this:

Andrea Minnon of Lebanon said she had never heard of “The Catcher in the Rye” before she learned that it was on her 14-year-old son Spencer’s freshman reading list.

After Andrea Minnon went online to research “The Catcher in the Rye,” which had been assigned to her son, she decided that it espouses immoral ideas. Now she is reading the novel.

I don’t really care what she thinks about it, she is entitled to her opinion (although she probably should RTFB first) however the thing that irks me about people like Ms. Minnon is they have this weird idea that their principles should be pressed on everyone. If you want your child to grow up in a vacuum of ignorance go ahead but what is up with forcing your principles on everybody?


  1. It is strange that you assume that you yourself are not trying to impress your own morals on everyone else by advising that everyone “not press their morals on everyone else”, no?

  2. How can anyone say they’ve *never heard* of the Catcher in the Rye?!?

    And does such a person have the sense to decide what high schoolers should read? Although to be fair the woman is from Maine. Nuff said.

  3. Has it ever occurred to a parent to read the book with their child, and discuss it with them.
    While discussing it, instill YOUR belief and value system on your child through PARENTING?
    How about using your time to do that instead of running to the school and using up the valuable time you should be using PARENTING, fighting the right to freedom of speech in a democracy.
    There will be millions of things in this society that you won’t agree with. That’s why it’s important to spend time with your kids to offset all the shit that will eventually fill their heads if you don’t.

  4. Not to mention, it’s a great book. When I was in high school I bought a copy of it for every member of my family for Christmas (I come from a large family of nine kids.) Of course, I could not impress my tastes on any of them and I imagine most of the copies ended up in garage sales or at the Salvation Army store.

  5. It is one of my favorite books of all time Mark. I would think it is quite tame by today’s standards since most kids today have grown up watching far worse on MTV.

    Radmila, what is parenting? Seems like an ancient concept nowadays.

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