catapult magazine

catapult magazine


offensive books


Oct 14 2003
08:25 pm

Even though I read Snow Falling on Cedars a few years ago, the memory of its theme of the nuances and complexities and horrors of racism still remains vivid in my mind. I strongly believe this type of awareness and sensitivity to be part of God’s high standards—how could it not be? I don’t understand how that is a wordly intellectual argument; I find it deeply Christ-like. I think to overlook such an important issue and to say it doesn’t have merit because there is also sex involved would be the epitome of desensitization. It would also speak ill of Christians, not to mention that it alienates and confuses those students who would otherwise recognize the value in a book such as Snow Falling on Cedars. I know—I was one of those students.