Tennessee church’s response to the banning of Maus

NPR draws our attention to the book discussion of Maus, scheduled by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in McMinn County, TN.  The book on the Holocaust was banned last month by the McMinn County School Board.


A Tennessee school district’s controversial ban on the Holocaust graphic novel Maus appears to have spurred efforts to get copies into the hands of more readers nationwide.

News of the McMinn County School Board’s unanimous vote to remove Maus from its curriculum — and replace it with something else — earlier this month made headlines last week as the world was preparing to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning book tells the story of author Art Spiegelman’s relationship with his father, a Holocaust survivor, by depicting Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. The school board reportedly objected to eight curse words and nude imagery of a woman, used in the depiction of the author’s mother’s suicide.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in McMinn County is planning to hold a discussion event of its own on Thursday. Organizers told NBC affiliate WIBR that many churches may see the events the book depicts as “not their concern,” despite the prevalence of antisemitism in and beyond Tennessee. “We are committed to standing against hatred and harm,” they said. “Together, let’s dive into this story so that we might better live out that call in our time and community.”

You can register for the discussion on Zoom at


or https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvceypqTMjEtC-pjtMQw-lKKhOTHmobDN_

Registration is required.

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