Colleges consider putting ‘trigger warning’ labels on books that could ‘upset’ students

Are we officially one step away from book burning? On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to a bizarre New York Times report that highlights a movement for so-called “trigger warnings” to be placed on college reading materials that could potentially “upset” students. Books that allegedly warrant the warning label include Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.

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“[Colleges are] deciding they need to put labels on the books so their cutie sweetie pies… won’t be shocked or horrified,” Glenn said disgusted. [We are] putting warning labels on books now… Let’s cut to the chase: Somebody stop at the gas station and get some gas and we’ll burn a bunch of books.”

So what exactly are “trigger warnings”? According to the Times:

“[Trigger warnings are the] explicit alerts that the material [students] are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans.”

The Times reports the warnings have their “ideological roots in feminist thought” and have gained particular traction at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Oberlin College, Rutgers University, the University of Michigan, and George Washington University among others.

Books like The Merchant of Venice, Mrs. Dalloway, and Oedipus Rex are considered candidates for trigger warnings because they contain themes of anti-Semitism, suicide, and violence.

At Oberlin College, a draft guide was circulated that asked professors to put trigger warnings in their syllabuses:

“Be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression,” the guide said. “Realize that all forms of violence are traumatic, and that your students have lives before and outside your classroom, experiences you may not expect or understand.” For example, it said, while “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe — a novel set in colonial-era Nigeria — is a “triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read,” it could “trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide and more.”

“Why don’t we just ban books and start burning them? Let’s cut to the chase here. We all know where we’re going. Why don’t we just get there? I’m a guy in a hurry,” Glenn concluded. “Are we just going to ban books? Is that what we’re going to do? Ban books? Burn books? I just want to make sure we all know who we are and where we’re headed instead of taking it incrementally, as progressives always do. Instead of progressively getting closer to that bonfire, let’s just burn them now… Give me a list of the books and let’s burn them.”

Read the full New York Times report HERE.

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    What trigger words do the moderators on this site use? It’s gone from no moderation whatsoever to an almost silly process of holding comments that never end up posting.
    I don’t get it.

  • Anonymous

    Beck couldn’t sound dumber on this issue. First, the New York Times reported this three days ago, not the Blaze. Beck’s link to the article actually goes to the Blaze, which is deceiving, but that’s not the point. If the Blaze was any good, they would have reported it first instead of sitting around making dumb comments about what a real news organization already reported. Second, Beck claims its liberal progressives that are behind the idea of labeling. But if you read the actual article ( http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/us/warning-the-literary-canon-could-make-students-squirm.html?_r=0 ), you find out that the professors, you know, the people Beck claims are the problem, are totally against labeling. Actually, students from several colleges suggested the idea after some situations that disturbed them. It is the liberals, i.e. NY Times and college professors, that are reporting and objecting to the the student’s ideas. Meanwhile Beck, like a nutty entertainer, is trying to whip his followers into an uninformed frenzy by suggesting books should be burned. Cut the drama, Glenn, it just makes you sound like an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Burning books is extremist talk. Which is so absolutely wrong and does NOTHING for the issue of topics authors decide to write about. Putting warning labels on books is an absolutely stellar idea. There are ratings for movies, video games, albums and television shows that help people make choices about what they want in their homes. As for warning labels at the college level it seems a bit late and should be done a lot earlier. The book “Nineteen Minutes” that got all kinds of attention a couple weeks ago when some dad got arrested at a board meeting showed that. There are a lot of authors who write for teens and younger who make the books we used to read by Judy Blume and other social and topical issue authors seem tame in comparison. By all means have labels on books, nothing but good can come of doing that. The side effect could be that authors will stop pushing the envelope on what age appropriate really means.

  • landofaahs

    Good grief Glenn, do you remember when you were a kid? Telling kids that you should not read this book is the forbidden fruit that they will choose. Them kids will be looking for them labels.

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  • LAPhil

    And just who would you have make the decision as to what label a book should be given?

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re confused. It sounds like you are referring to the NYT as a real news organization. That’s odd….

  • Anonymous

    Maybe either the national PTA or the book review magazines librarians and booksellers use to know what books to buy and what category to put them in. Who decides what ratings and labels every other piece of media has? They can do the same with books as well.

  • Wulf

    What if students are upset by the warning labels? Who will warn them about the warning labels?

  • Wulf

    US Constitution: **Warning: White Privilege Ahead**

    ps- this was sarcasm : )

  • Anonymous

    Why does anyone give these spoiled children any attention at all? If this is any indication of the mental state and maturity of today’s collegiate, we are in such deep kim-chee as to be beyond salvation. We should begin to treat protesters, complainers and the like according to the level of education and social sophistication they display. If they act like spoiled kindergarteners, as this bunch seem to be doing, they should be summarily spanked and put to bed.

  • jesusknight

    The only books that should be labeled like that are the ones the stupid public indoctrination centers are pushing, so the students can know which ones to leave alone! But we know they won’t do THAT….

  • jesusknight

    Considering that Amazon. com and others are wanting to give our personal information about what books we read to the guvment, this is just the next step. The labeling is not really for the students; its for the faculty to keep track of what is being read (and probably why). Pay attention, folks!

  • LAPhil

    Why do it at all? It just seems like more big brotherism to me. Do you really think if someone reads the “wrong” book it could upset him so much that it would need to be regulated? I don’t think we’re that delicate that we need to have our sensibilities protected by any kind of third party whether it be the government or anyone else.

  • Anonymous

    NYT has been reporting news for 163 years, has real reporters, has won 112 Pulitzer Prizes and has 30 million readers. The Blaze is four years old and offers evangelist – radio jockey – info-tainment. You think NYT’s not a news organization. Who’s confused?

  • Anonymous

    If kids want to read whatever book they want they can easily get hold of them. Then the warnings could say “if you don’t like this book it’s your own fault for reading it in spite of the warning”. But do you ever read or watch anything you’ve decided isn’t worthwhile? Do you ever base your decisions about what you or anyone in your family sees based on ratings? I do. So does Glenn and loads of other people. If books are rated exactly like any other media it may be another way to help people out when they decide what to do when it comes to family and or what sorts of things they want in their homes.

  • Anonymous

    Oh please, Amazon doesn’t give the government any information about the books people read or the products we buy. They recommend things based on what the person has bought before and the reviews are written by anyone who wants to write one and post it so that other people can decide if the product is any good or not.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, the NYT has been reporting news for about 130 years. It has been reporting “news” for the past 30 years, and not reporting news for the same period. If you really think the NY Times is a news organization, you probably also thought Pravda was a hard hitting, investigative newspaper. Say hi to the picture of Uncle Joe for me.

  • Anonymous

    HAS been – being the operative word. Past-tense. NYT hasn’t been a real news organization for a long time now.

  • Anonymous

    So are you saying the NYT article that Beck refers to shouldn’t be trusted? Beck seems to trust it from repeating it three days later. He just doesn’t understand it.

  • Anonymous

    I said nothing supporting the Blaze story or refuting it. Simply that in general, the NYT is a sad excuse for a news organization.

  • jesusknight

    If you actually bothered to read what I wrote, I never said they are doing so.. and the gov is pressuring them to give the info, so the incentive is there. I would not hold my breath if I were you, believing they would not ever do so. The way things are going, its a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’.

  • NoResistance

    What do you mean by that? Do you consider the Constitution a racist document?

  • Brian Phillips

    It’s not about who broke the story first, its a story about potentially banning books. Stick to the subject. If you want to write an article about who wrote what first, feel free to start blogging away.

  • Wulf

    I was being flippant (or trying, at least : )
    Poking fun at the idiots who are using the “white privilege” buzz word these days.

  • NoResistance

    *whew* Ok then :-)

  • AlexisJaime

    Trigger warnings are primarily for people who have ptsd from war or some form of abuse like domestic violence or sexual assault. Trigger warnings don’t have to do with “so their cutie sweetie pies… won’t be shocked or horrified”. It has to do with letting people who are trying to heal from ptsd derived from a violent act from being triggered into a flashback.

    I am a survivor of SA(a very violent SA) and I wish some of the stuff I have read had a trigger warning on it. The connection of this trigger warning label thing to feminism or censorship is as absurd as reelecting Obama for a 3rd term.

  • Anonymous

    I stand by what I wrote. If Amazon ever does give information about purchases to the government they would write something about that on blog they have for sellers. So far I’ve not seen anything. If they ever do give info to the government there may be a whole lot of sellers not putting products up for sale. So that rumor gives yours truly an edge.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    That is the liberal mentality burn books that you disagree with. If you do not believe look on youtube at all the liberals burning Bibles for fun.

  • Erin Evans

    Erin Evans The biggest problem I see is that the colleges seem to want to misuse or overuse them. When I was in throws of PTSD after being raped in college reading a rape scene like in “The Color Purple” was more than “upsetting” it was down right crippling. Knowing ahead of time that there is a rape scene would allow me to prepare so that I could be ok. Trigger warnings should not be vague crap like contains sexism, or colonialism or whatever new ism they come up with and be specific things like contains graphic description of a rape, discusses rape, contains descriptions of violent crime, graphically describes violence in the context of war, scenes that describe torture, ect. THAT may actually be helpful what they are suggesting not so much.

  • Anonymous

    yeah, you get the point, and its a legitimate concern for people that have experienced traumatic life events. Glenn’s attempt to link this with “book burning” or “feminism” is just a way to tar a sensible idea with other “scary” things.

  • Anonymous

    In 1966 ,my English professor whose heritage was German ,was forced to stop our study in “The Ryme of the Ancient Mariner” because two Jewish students objected to the Dean on the basis that the Prof was Anti-Semetic.By the way,it was a Catholic university..

  • NO WAY

    Julia you is a prostitute?

  • Anonymous

    Nobody wants to ban books. Professors are against even labeling books. I wrote that in my first post. Beck is being absurd by suggesting banning books. Read more carefully.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, a sad newspaper that happened to win 112 Pulitzer Prizes for excellent reporting, one as recently as 2013.

  • Martha Goodwin

    Spot on Glenn…give ‘em heck…

  • Anonymous

    Well, the Times says the were founded in 1835, which makes it 179 years old. It has won 112 Pulitzers for reporting, one as recently as 2013 for Investigative Reporting, for describing bribery by Walmart in Mexico.

  • Anonymous

    As you observe, this has been going on for a VERY long time. Sad state of affairs. The lefties and libs have been in control of the education system for many years and we are now seeing the fruit of their labors rotting on the vine. Cheers.

  • Monster

    Look folks, this poor fella, Landree, is just a poor ignorant liberal. Like most he just knows what lies the left are promoting at the moment. He has no interest in seeking the truth, or the intelligence to understand it. He is only interested in the lefts lies that make him comfortable. The fact that the NYT’s is just a left promotional tool, used to cover up, hide, and deny the facts that may be opposite their agenda is blind to this poor man. So lets have some sympathy for him. It’s far easier to believe the lies than it is to realize that everything you believe in is a lie.

  • Thomas Reece

    have we gotten this damn weak

  • Anonymous

    This is what you get when you allow women (and their metrosexual men), feminists, liberals, and leftists, control the agenda.

  • joe

    The NYT is nothing more than a cesspool of crap written by elitist dimwitted knowitall liberals.

    While they go after walmart, the govt robs the people and their children and then raises taxes further.

    While they run a series of lies and BS about Romney during the election they completely ignore Obama’s role in Benghazi (or lack thereof).

    Any genuine investigative peices on the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, prime mortgage crisis? Nope

    Just articles from Paul Krugman and ilk claiming all the scandals arent really scandals, Republicans are evil, want people to die….etc Nevermind that they are all documented liars and have been proven wrong on every liberal cause they push for. (IE Stimulus worked out so well!! Just ask the NYT…)

    The Blaze is not without stupidity or Bias, but they, unlike the NYT, tell the truth from time to time.

  • Anonymous

    This is nothing more than ANOTHER extension of the nanny state. One more thing we all have to be protected from. Buck up and grow some stones!

  • TJB

    Are we going to put a trigger warning on The Communist Manifesto?

  • Brian Phillips

    So you’re going to represent everybody now. There are lots of people trying to destroy America, and if they can ban books, thus knowledge, they will do it. Our Constitution is under assault everyday, and you purport to speak for everybody. Do you not recognize that evil exists?

  • Anonymous

    …or Noam Chomsky’s books or Bill Ayres’ books…

  • Anonymous

    Nonsense. NYT spent months of investigation centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context. They published numerous articles on this. 10 articles were published about the IRS scandle, even within the last couple of days like this one http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/18/us/politics/irs-scandal-congressional-hearings.html?action=click&module=Search&region=searchResults&mabReward=relbias%3Ar&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry516%23%2Firs%252520scandal%2F . Cesspools of crap don’t get 112 Pulitzer prizes for investigative reporting.

  • Anonymous

    Who wants to ban books?

  • Glennfriend67

    Not so much liberals, per se, but the Progressive Commies that are in charge now. There really is a difference between a lib and a Progressive. Trust me, libs would NOT want these idiot labels on the books!

  • Anonymous

    With all sympathy for what happened to you, don’t you think that the dirty realities of tragedies such as yours should be brought to light? I can’t imagine any scenario where you’d find reading about a rape to be pleasant. I just think that reality is unpleasant, and should be recorded accurately.

    I don’t think that the people placing these labels on these books are motivated to do so out of concern for you. The reality of it is…placing these labels on these books won’t do anything for you at all on any level. Where were these people when you had to testify and relive what happened to you in a courtroom? Did they save you from that? It was unpleasant but it brought you justice didn’t it?

  • joe

    Months ‘investigating’. Zero questions answered. And thats my point. NYT only investigates and pursues the truth so long as the truth doesnt harm their liberal agenda. If the truth exposes a chance to get at republicans, capitalists, tea partiers then and only then will NYT concern itself with the peices of the truth.

    Of course they are posting alot of stuff on these topics recently. They cant avoid it altogether like the libs in denial at CNN and bore their readers with the missing malaysian airplane.

    In conclusion. Paul Krugman is a douche.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently you do not read the paper. Months of NYT’s interviews with key Libyans revealed that neither Al Qaeda nor any international terrorist group lead the attack. NYT found the attackers were a militia lead by Ahmed Abu Khattala according to their interviews with Libyans present at the time. They also found that those local fighters were incensed by the anti Islamist video.

  • joe

    oh right the video that know one saw or even knew existed. right. Well i guess that settles it. NYT said it. Must be true.

  • Anonymous

    You can doubt all you want, but NYT had reporters on the ground interviewing people at the scene soon after it occurred. There were angry reactions to that video in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq (see http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/17/world/film-protests/ ). There is nothing to argue about. I’d guess you’re one of those paranoid people that don’t trust media in general.

  • Michael Murphy

    Glenn beck is a bigot. Sarcasm is angers ugly cousin. He is not helping very much. The only thing he is doing is rallying Americans into a frenzy of which we really might start burning books on both sides of the political spectrum.

  • joe

    Thats some liberal logic right there. We should applaud NYT cause they sent people to the scene; they were really TRYING hard to get the truth.
    This is where we differ. I think we should applaud when they actually GET to the truth, not for just allegedly ‘trying’ to find it.
    NYT gets no credit for sending people in and coming back with lies and misinformation.

    For the last decade the NYT has functioned like a democrat PR firm speciallizing in crisis/scandal management.

  • Anonymous

    How do you know they did not get the truth? Do you have some other source on the ground with verifiable information. What on-the-scene source do you use to discredit NYT’s reporting?

  • Brigand

    Lets put warning tags on pending Federal legislation! Since most Federal legislation is offensive to someone, it would seem appropriate!

  • Tantalus XVI

    I’m all for not &^%&^footing around anymore. Lets get this civil war on the road! Some stupid people need a history lesson.

  • joe

    You do your own research. NYT maybe the ultimate journalist job since forever. A pinnacle in the industry, but I take their current spin on events, especially politically senstive events, with a grain of salt. Like listening to Glenn.

    I mean of course the NYT backs Obamas narrative of events in Benghazi. You think theyd actually run something that contradicted him? Fat chance.

  • Erin Evans

    The reality is No actually I didn’t get justice. I had a rape kit done at the college health service, but I didn’t know the guy and I was drugged so I didn’t even have a description. I was also so traumatized and blaming myself I didn’t think about perusing charges.
    The reality is that there are so many things screwed up about rape, and everything that surrounds it that I needed A LOT of help to be ok.
    The reality is No I don’t think that these specific colleges actually want to help people like me so much as push some crazy liberal agenda, but that doesn’t make ALL trigger warnings some new form of censorship because yeah they DO actually help people who are trying to overcome trauma from being surprised by depictions of things they weren’t expecting to read in a certain piece of literature or academic paper.
    Sure I would be aware that rape could come up if I’m taking a criminal justice class or a psych class, but in an English class it is completely plausible that I could be reading a story that springs a rape scene on you…so yeah a trigger warning would help in a VERY REAL and TANGIBLE way.

  • Anonymous

    Of course you take NYT with a grain of salt. It’s impossible for any news company to be totally impartial. But the NYT hasn’t been awarded 112 Pulitzer for nothing. Yes I do think they’d publish information that contradicts the administration. They published that Americans think the IRS was wrong to scrutinize conservative groups.

  • Anonymous

    That’s funny, but don’t give liberals any more ideas. They will have warning labels about the warning labels!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to have trigger warnings on all books, movies and television shows that have sodomites in them. Will I get them? Nope. Doesn’t fit the liberal agenda.

  • Anonymous

    This would mean soldiers who have been in battle should be warned about battle stories. It’s a slippery slope that liberals seem to like to put us on at every chance. When I am reading something and it distresses me, I stop reading it. Why ask students to read anything? This is just crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Put a warning label on television every time Obama speaks. Lies ahead. Don’t listen.

  • Chuck T

    If you’re paying ANY attention at all, you may be asking yourself; “What separates us from the Nazis? I mean, they were really big on persecuting people they didn’t like, their cops acted like lawless goons armed with military weaponry, young people were heavily indoctrinated practically from birth and became the most fanatical Nazis ever, mobs and criminals ruled, and they burned books that didn’t fit the political flavor of the period (in fact, I think the only book they allowed was Mein Kampf).

    Wait; was that history, or today’s news?

    For all the value of modern American diseducation, they might as well stop teaching people how to read at all. (Oh, that’s right; a growing percentage of graduates can’t functionally read above a 5th grade level).

  • Anonymous

    Yep. And Obama was awarded a Nobel peace prize. Your point?

  • Anonymous
  • Henry Percy

    Once again I’m impressed.
    Beck is either lying through his teeth or doesn’t have the slightest clue what he’s talking about. But he makes always sure to leave a way out for himself.
    The whole Constitution bit is total BS. That happened in 2007 from a scam-artist publisher (Wilder Publications) and was roundly condemned. It was NEVER picked up by any respectable school/university. But I can’t vouch for Liberty University since they don’t exactly fit in to that category

  • joshuasweet

    “Warning contents in this book may upset the frail and in firmed.”
    “May cause doubt and concern over many areas of physical histological”.
    the United States Constitution?

  • landofaahs

    It is a privilege being white if you want to live around other whites. If you are white and live around blacks, then that becomes a disadvantage. It’s called birds of a feather. Frankly I bought a large enough spread so that I don’t have to look at any other humans white or black. It is a beautiful place and I love it. I feel privileged to occupy it.

  • landofaahs

    Read Gibbon’s decline and fall of the Roman Empire and you will see the pattern continued. I feel privileged to have lived in the time and place that I have. Nothing can take those memories away from me and I think I can thrive no matter what this society goes through.

  • landofaahs

    I pay cash for books bought in new and used book stores. Cash purchases with no electronic delivery are as private as you can get.

  • landofaahs

    Most smokers could not tell you what the warnings on a pack of cigarettes says along with beer drinkers. They just don’t care.

  • landofaahs

    I would put labels on all books and on the liberal ones I would put 234 boring votes and 0 good votes.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure the warning labels will be on books about how “SOCIALISM & COMMUNISM” creeps into a Government.
    They don’t want the students to know what is happening to our country.
    After all, The Colleges can’t “INDOCTRINATE” our young, if the young knows exactly what’s going on.
    It’s The “HANSEL & GRETAL” Syndrome………………….

  • Anonymous

    Simply because, Stalin predicted that; This country would become A Communist Country, through our children.
    Both Stalin and Hitler controlled the books, and the guns.
    TOTAL CONTROL!!!…………………..
    WE ARE: “THE DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS”!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t be so sure about how paying cash is the safest way. There are still cash register receipts that get collected by the stores. Not only does the store collect information so they can know which books they need to replace when stock gets low and so the store owner can see what cash is in the drawer every night so he can know how much to pay clerks but each recipient is printed on two slips of paper. Only one gets handed to the customer. The other is inside the register. Would those get given to the government? Dunno but there were rumors during the Bush administration that libraries stated having registers so they could give information about what books people were checking out. Probably totally untrue. But then again…

  • Anonymous

    My point is obviously that a newspaper that gets 112 Pulitzer prizes has credibility.

  • Anonymous

    Leftists/liberals are the most intolerant, hate filled, divisive, exclusive creatures on the planet. Michael Savage was correct “liberalism is a mental disorder.”

  • Anonymous

    can they point to any reason this is needed not including their theory of how it might be?

  • Linda Arteman

    At a time when we are protecting students from life, there is more violence in schools than ever before in our history. We must not damage tender psyches, but they can bully and beat fellow students, or be the attacked. Where us common sense? Get the federal government out of our schools. Save money and eliminate the Federal Department of Education. We got along better without it!

  • Jeff

    Why would the “college is for snobs” club give a crap about books they wouldn’t even fully comprehend???

  • william

    and while we are burning books lets roost all the liberals over the fire.

  • Kelly Herold

    I just had to read 7 books that detailed the rapes and gender atrocities carried out in wars from the Middle Ages to the 1990s Balkan wars, and there wasn’t a single label telling me that I would be thoroughly disgusted by the rape, torture, and general stupidity of people in those wars. I was actually depressed after reading these books and I’m a 39yo male working on my History MA!

  • AlexisJaime

    It’s unfortunate that taring and feathering happens so often from both the right and the left, but that is by design. The two party system is designed to keep the people divided based on partisanship instead of substance or the constitutionality of topics.

  • So Nee

    Certainly, if one wished to distribute others’ income in an “unfair” manner, say to friends, centralized power would also be needed.

  • Ender Wiggin

    Do you have anything to do besides hate monger? Since you are paid to be one, despite if you believe it. (and if you do, what is it like to be full of so much spite and bile for humanity as a whole. I think they use to use a word for it.. that’s right.. charlatan. Oh yeah, that is the ONLY thing you can do, luckily for you, your moronic ideas are spread throughout the airwaves, as apposed to you sitting in your cabin stroking your gun collection and driving yourself crazy because you are mentally unhinged. Oh, this is a glen beck site, so the only poorly educated sheep would be on here and agreeing with your own stupidity, so that it spreads into the world like the cancerous show you put on for the “American” public so that you can receive PERSONAL wealth from what you claiming a noble cause. My bad.. I forget that any idiot can post any garbage they wont and try to be famous for it. My bad carry on Glenn Beck, spew your hate mongering to the sheepish right wingers. The only person that would listen to this tripe garbage would be white racist Americans with no actual belief in the bible and think they can do whatever they want. Labels on books? Nanny state? Who do you think is causing this besides Spoiled Republicans that can’t stand the idea that people would want to better themselves, improve their education, make more salary and move into their neighbor hood; all by imposing on their privileged lifestyle that they inherited without working . Sounds like typical racism Who is going to put the label book on the bible? Worst story ever written if you ‘don’t want people to be upset’ and to deny that means, you don’t actually read the bible, but you will bandwagon yourself to church so you can pretend. Typical white republican narrow-minded plantation owner mentality. People that so concerned about how ‘young people’ will ruin America.. end your life now and then you don’t have to worry about it.. seeing how you make no meaningful contribution to society to begin with.

  • Ender Wiggin

    lololol comment didn’t even go live cause beck is the pope and no insulting of his character is allowed, dictator much? you know, i think they filter internet posts and content online somewhere else too.. oh yeah… CHINA. Do you think we should be more like China Beck? Do you have any clear idiologies at all, or you a total flake that blows hot air with the wind knowing the majority of the public is too stupid to know anything better than the drool that seeps out of your mouth. You bash one thing, when completely ignoring the exact same thing somewhere else, but that converge wouldn’t get you sponsors. think they filter online comment too.. it’s called.. CHINA. What type of show are you? You aren’t a news show. You are from what I can tell, a cable outlet for hateful republicans that will never learn tolerance and you make it your goal to make sure it never happens. If you cared about what was best for America.. that would be one thing.. but what you actual care about is what is best for White Middle and Upper Class public. Keep leading those Republican sheep around. Lead them right off the cliff because they don’t know how to think for themselves. Make the world a better place.

  • Ender Wiggin

    It’s called racist, but justify it in your warped white republican brain where you can justify it without being the complete garbage of a human being you are.

  • Ender Wiggin

    Hahahaha.. this is clearly not a place for free speech and commentary as anything that questions the holiness of Angel Glenn Beck is deleted (THREE DIFFERENT TIMES), so that people cannot read the truth behind this phony hate mongering ways. God forbid people would be woken up from your delusions and you would lose money from your books of hate mongering. Do you think you are improving humanity with your bile?

  • landofaahs

    Poor little wiggi. Your life must suck. By the way you are a racist. But if I am garbage then I am doing everyone a favor by isolating myself from others. In this case, I just happen to enjoy it and that’s what ticks you off. People like you can’t stand when someone is filled with joy. But try to have a nice day anyway. ))))))

  • Jarod Wilson

    Man this guy is such a freaking genius.

  • Gary Mickelson

    Amazon and Google and Microsoft and Yahoo… they are all giving the govenment everything they want and there’s virtually no way we’re ever going to find out what and when and why. Seems nobody has the guts to just refuse and wait and see what the feds do and what the feds want to expose themselves to when it comes to public opinion. Google etc., will be heros. This administration would look bad. They live and die for PR.

  • Gary Mickelson

    You never will see anything on their blog. Saying so would be the kiss of death for Amazon. They’re walking a tightrope, but when the last card is played who is Amazon and friends more afraid of, the government or the currently simmering American public?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing wrong with PR. But if it was really PR tthe feds and others are after you’d think they would let people know why they want all the information they are rumoured to be after. There must be some really good reasons. Unfortunately all we can do is speculate and listen to tons of people scare themselves and others. Having everyone know the definitive answer would be a total public relations coup. Could be if people knew WHY things were harming they would actually even volunteer information. Personally, I don’t mind anyone knowing my info since I’m speculating it will be helpful in the long run. Things like this usually are.

  • Anonymous

    So that basically means without information everyone seems to be caught in the middle of both. Not only the public and the people who have Amazon shops but also Amazon and the other places who are supposedly getting and giving out information to the government.

  • Anonymous

    If they have to read the warning label we have nothing to worry about!