Attempts to ban books in a country that prides itself on freedom of expression is always a sad spectacle, harkening as it does to Nazi era #Book burning. Add to the list of books too dangerous to be allowed by authors such as Mark Twain and J.K. Rowling is the “Rush Revere” series by radio talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh.
School officials in Marshall, Wisconsin have told a six-year-old boy in no uncertain terms that he could not bring any of his “Rush Revere” books to school because they contain “inappropriate material.”
For those among the uninitiated, “Rush Revere” depicts the adventures of a middle school substitute teacher who has a talking, time-traveling horse. He regularly takes his class to various times in American #history, meeting famous personages and witnessing historical events. The books are very popular and have won a number of rewards for their making learning history fun. The latest book in the series, number five, is called “Rush Revere and the Presidency” in which the teacher and his students meet Presidents George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.
What the “inappropriate material” the school officials refer to is not revealed in the account on the Badger Pundit blog. However, reading between the lines, it seems that Rush Limbaugh’s status as the books’ author seems to have set them off.
Limbaugh is a political commentator who sometimes takes controversial stands on his radio show. He points out that the books do not contain any reference to contemporary politics.
The school officials in Marshall, Wisconsin may have reaped the whirlwind, having sown the wind. Limbaugh used his national radio show to defend his books and to denounce the unnamed school officials as bullies and cowards for bullying a six year old who is a fan of his books.
As of this writing, it is by no means certain what will happen next. But experience suggests from past occasions when Rush has called down the thunder involves thousands of angry phone calls, emails, and tweets, protests at the next school board meeting, and demands for people to be fired and to apologize. The question remains, will the book banners of Marshall, Wisconsin hang tough or back down?