The first thought that comes to mind when you see
Stockwell Day: �Gee, he looks like a really nice guy.� The reality:
Stockwell Day�s Alliance party has a firm stance against literary freedom.
This reputation goes all the way back to the days of the Reform Party, when an
MP named Terry Lewis gained the support of Christians Influencing Education; in
trying to remove Steinbeck�s Of Mice and Men from schools. Of Mice
and Men, as Lewis claimed, was blasphemous due to the use of the words:
�God� and �Jesus Christ�. After receiving financial backing from CIE,
Lewis printed some hundred pamphlets warning people of the �danger�, of the
book�s blasphemous content. However, the only real danger was Lewis�s
close-minded views which could have severely damaged the quality of education by
removing a great literary work from schools. When Reform met Conservative in
early 2000, some of these views are rumoured to have carried over. Luckily the
Alliance Party had their butt�s kicked in the last election, and the threat
subsided. Although there is still the chance that the Alliance could come to
power and all hell would break loose. Even Day himself, has been notorious for
wanting to incorporate religion and politics-not a good match at all. When asked
about his stance on censorship, Day declined to answer. So as we buckle down for
another term of Liberal rule, and Terry Lewis becomes a distant memory, we can
all sleep a little easier; knowing that the books are safe�for a while.
Stockwell Day, Leader of the Canadian Alliance
When Steinbeck wrote this book, he probably didn�t think that years
later, it would be the victim of constant persecution because of it�s content.
The story of Lennie and George is well known to many. And most of the people,
who have read it, are able to see through the controversy, and find it to be a
great piece of writing. That said, there are still a few who go on and on about
how the book is blasphemous and racist, due to the use of the words: �Jesus
Christ� �God� and �Nigger�. These people are supposedly helping to
protect the public from the dangerous content of Steinbeck�s book, but not for
a moment did they stop and think: maybe the public would like to make their own
decisions, maybe they would like to think for themselves. But when people think
for themselves, they become aware of their basic rights and freedoms, and then
the government can no longer control them. This book should and must be
available in schools. If an individual�s parents, do not want their child
reading the book, then they don�t have too, but to remove
the book entirely is just wrong.
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"Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all,
means the freedom to criticize and oppose."
-- George Orwell
ultimate form of censorship is assassination."
--George Bernard Shaw
have not converted a man because you have silenced him."
For many years no one had been able to kill the
moose. Its skin seemed almost bullet impervious, even when it was shot; it
healed over in a matter of days. No one seemed able to catch the moose whose
antlers were like huge tree branches and whose eyes were the sizes of tennis
There were group hunts, contests and even rewards
for the person who could kill the beast. Then one day, it happened. One hunter
fashioned a pit trap with huge sharpened stakes at the bottom. He chased the
moose into it and it took a deadly fall. But it was not killed so the hunter
took his gun and shot it in the neck again and again but the moose would not
die. So the hunter took his hatchet and with great difficulty cut off the giant
creature�s head and as the giant heart stopped beating flocks of birds flew
out from the trees and all the noises of the forest were stopped. This was a
very bad omen.
Nevertheless the hunter and his buddies took
their trophy back to their town. They had its head stuffed and mounted and the
After a week the man who killed the moose started
having restless dreams. Then one day his friends came looking for him. They
found him in his cabin crumpled up against the wall with a look of terror on his
dead face. The wall had dents in it as if someone had hit it with a
sledgehammer, the doctors said that the man had died of severe head trauma yet
the skin was not even bruised; his spine and ribs were shattered yet there was
there was no signs that the body had been hit. The moose head was still there.
The men took the head back to their house. The
next day, both of them were dead, killed in a similar way.
This went on for a while, until one man decided
to take the head out of the town. He loaded it into his canoe and was taking it
across a marsh towards an old abandoned hunting lodge in the forest. When he
reached the middle of the marsh, his canoe capsized and the giant moose head
sank out of sight. Other boaters came to his aid and helped him to the lodge
where he told them he would stay the night before returning the next day. The
man was never seen again.
Years later a camper reported seeing an enormous
grey moose while he was camping with his friends near the lodge. He had gone out
one night to look at the stars (and relieve himself), when he glimpsed something
pale and misty moving into the clearing as it came nearer he realized it was a
moose but it was hazy and grey. He fumbled for his camera and the moose charged
silently towards him, it�s eyes glowing red. His friends heard him call out
and upon arriving on the seen found him lying on the ground. When the emergency
crew arrived and the man, who apparently had suffered a minor heart attack, had
been revived, he told them about the moose and how he had managed to take a
picture of it. Unfortunately the camera was found lying on the ground crushed in
what appeared to be, the giant hoof-print of a moose.
Some say that the Ghost Moose still roams the
forest, seeking revenge. Others say it is at rest. No one knows for sure except
the ones who die in the forest.
By: Davy R. and
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