Anne Frank may offend young children, apparently

From the file of religious fundamentalism, comes this:

The Culpepper County Public Schools has become the latest addition to the dubious list of schools banning Anne Frank’s ”˜Diary of a Young Girl.” The move to pull the books from all of the shelves in the county reportedly came after one parent found a passage to be sexually explicit.

The version of the book pulled from Culpepper schools is “The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition.” This version contains passages that were edited out by Frank’s father, including her criticism of Jews living in the Jewish quarter and some sexual references. The offensive passage is:

“There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. The little hole underneath is so terribly small that I simply can’t imagine how a man can get in there, let alone how a whole baby can get out!”

The book was assigned to eighth graders.

It is astonishing that a single parent can prompt a classic book to be pulled from shelves.

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