Well we did get rain today so perhaps my letter reached the right destination, even if I haven’t put it in a post box yet 🙂 🙂 🙂 We’ll know tomorrow if I win the lottery or when the weekend arrives. If the sun shines I know they have heard my reasons and think that they only are fair 🙂 🙂 🙂 But I wonder how many nutty letters they actually get every year at the CIA with all conspiracy theories that floats around on the internet. I don’t doubt that they do a lot of things of course, the history shows what they are capable off. But I’m actually not sure about what the NSA is or what they do, I guess it stands for national security agency or something like that.
We’ve had a rather big public outcry here in Sweden today. I know most Americans doesn’t know who Tintin is, but he is a cartoon character, a reporter solving crimes with his close friend Captain Haddock. These comic books were written during a time when we had different views on people in other parts of the world so I can understand if some would see them as offensive. But there is a text in every book that tells the reader that they can be offensive and that they are from another time.
But today one library decided to remove all these comic books from their shelfs and all hell broke loose 🙂 🙂 🙂 This is, even if it actually is a Belgian that has written them, a part of our cultural heritage. I grew up with those stories without becoming a racist. The thing is that if they take away Tintin and his adventures they also must remove books like Pippi Longstocking. In the books about her it says that her father is a Chief of natives on an island in the south seas (something the author wished she never had written later on). But that is something they don’t dare, We love all books written by Astrid Lindgren and that library would probably be burnt down if they even thought of removing those books 🙂 🙂 🙂
It is things like this, censorship of certain point of views, that makes those racist parties grow. The books came back on the shelves after a couple of hours and everyone in that library is now blaming someone else for that decision. I may not like some ideas other people have but I would never agree to forbid them to have those ideas! But I think that some people would think more than one hundred times before they use that freedom of speech we have in the western world. Just look what happens all over the Islamic world right now after a certain film was published on the internet. Was it worth it, was it worth people loosing their lives just because of that film?
There’s a fire burning in the stove and it’s time to put the kettle on so I can make a pot of tea 🙂
Have a great day!