Yeah. Now, I'm normally one who has to wait, count to ten, calm down, and then make a ruling on something. After all, there are plenty of "classics for tots" series that take the bare bones of a great story, and present it in more simple language for tinies. That, I don't mind too much, though I'd rather kids waited to experience the story as it was originally written. This isn't that, though. This is the original text, except with a Find/Replace on all uses of the word nigger - the mere fact these people use "the n-word" shows they fundamentally lack the maturity to even discuss it - as well as injun. In other words, bowdlerisation.
I particularly have to laugh at this final paragraph in the National Post's article:
Are they kidding? A group of people are seeking to subvert Mark Twain's* freedom of expression by mangling his literature. This is practically the very definition of censorship. As for the latter statement, how on earth are younger people supposed to get better acquainted with literature of the U.S. Civil War era if you're going to remove the language of that era? The literature of the period included words like nigger, which are naturally highly insensitive today, but it's an important lesson. You can't whitewash history: all you can do is wait until a child is old and mature enough to be able to deal with it.
In attempting to make history more palatable for children, they're making a mockery of the real struggle the Civil War was about, in many ways. Are they going to censor To Kill a Mockingbird next?
*As if accusations of my preoccupation with Howard weren't loud enough, I mistakenly put Mark Finn here. Not that I think I do either Mark much a disservice, of course.