Article Title

Library refuses to ban book on witches

Newspaper

Albany Democrat-Herald

Date

3-19-1986

Challenged Material

Witches by Colin Wilson

Reading Level

adult

Location

Albany, Oregon

Participants

Jerry A. Stutzman, Wayne Suggs, Jeanette Cannon, Mel Christensen, Linda Leininger, Bobbi Crow, Bob Reid

Outcome

Book was retained

Photo Description

A lady looks at a copy of 'Witches'

Photo Caption

Library board member Bobbi Crow examines a copy of 'Witches.'

Abstract

The Albany Library Board voted to reject a request to remove the book “Witches” by Colin Wilson from the library shelves. Jerry A. Stutzman put in a request for the book to be removed from the library. He says that he read a few passages and was convinced that it contained material that is satanic in nature. Library director Wayne Suggs says that the book is pretty much a history of witches and witchcraft from early times. Various board members reviewed the book and said that while the book was not particularly well written, it doesn’t teach satanic rituals. Sutzman was not surprised by the boards decision to keep the book.

Keywords

book challenge, witchcraft, occult

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