Gherush 92, a human rights organization and consultant to the United Nations, has proposed that La Divina Commedia, Dante Alighieri’s early 14th-century epic poem, be banned or expurgated on grounds that it is “racist, homophobic, anti-Islamist and anti-Semitic.”
According to the article, Franco Grillini, the head of an Italian gay rights organization and an eminently reasonable individual, has stated that Gherush 92’s statement reflects an “excess of political correctness.”
Mr. Alighieri could not be reached for comment.
In honor of Gherush 92’s great contribution to tolerance and progress, A Superfluous Man‘s celebration of political correctness, in Dantesque terza rima style:
In the middle of our life’s way,
I found myself in a library, filled with books,
Some of them mildly offensive to those who are Islamic, foreign, and/or gay.
Ah! How to tell of those shelves and horrible nooks,
Wherein medieval poets and their vicious pens,
So oft modern sensitivities forsook!
Yea, because it is beyond my ken
To place works of literature in their historical context,
Let us burn, ban, and bowdlerize such books (not forgetting Huckleberry Finn).