“He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.”

In the 1630s, England’s infamous “Star Chamber” (sort of a politically-oriented version of the Spanish Inquisition) banned the printing or sale of “any seditious, scismaticall, or offensive Bookes or Pamphlets.” The Star Chamber was abolished in 1641. But two years later, the British House of Commons passed a new censorship law. Although it was called … Read more

“Spare the rod and spoil the child”

It’s not surprising that many people think the quote “Spare the rod and spoil the child” comes from the Bible. There are at least five verses in the Bible’s Book of Proverbs that talk about using a rod to beat a child — for his own good, of course. The most famous is Proverbs 13:24: … Read more