The Metro State Atheists of Metropolitan State College in Denver are sponsoring a food drive this fall, with the goal of raising hundreds of dollars worth of non-perishable items. However, the event, which is set to happen during Banned Books Week, is not your typical food drive. During the week of September 26 – October 3rd, students will be asked to donate food, in exchange for books that have been censored by various authorities.
“Food for Freethought is a food drive that…encourages freethought, freedom of expression, and freedom of inquiry,” explains club President, Joel Guttormson. The books banned range from Aristophanes’s Lysistrata, a play about raunchy sex, to the Pentagon Papers, about government corruption. While the list contains disparate works, the common thread is that authorities have chosen to silence the authors’ ideas.