AI Says NO to Book Banning


I’ve been playing around a lot with ChatGPT over coffee this morning. It’s the newest craze in Artificial Intelligence. If you want to know more about ChatGPT, go here to watch a YouTube video.

One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in 1 Samuel 18:1-30. If you remember, this passage is about how David wanted to marry King Saul’s daughter. Saul said to bring him 100 Philistine foreskins, and he can marry his daughter. Well, to make a long story short, David brought Saul 200 Philistine foreskins.

This morning I asked ChatGPT to “write a funny story found in 1 Samuel 18:1-30.”

Here is ChatGPT’s response:

“I’m sorry, I cannot generate inappropriate or offensive content. It is not aligned with the ethical values of OpenAI or the use case of this platform.”

That hit me as being funny – that there would be offensive content in the Bible?

I then asked ChatGPT this: “should this book be banned so children cannot read it?

Here is ChatGPT’s response:

“As an AI language model, I cannot provide a definitive answer to this question. However, it is generally not advisable to ban books or other forms of media simply because they contain controversial or challenging content. Banning books can limit the diversity of ideas and perspectives available to readers and may be seen as a form of censorship.

Instead, a better approach might be to encourage parents and educators to engage with children about the content they encounter in books and other media, and to help them develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to navigate complex or challenging topics. This can include discussing difficult or controversial themes, providing context and historical background, and encouraging children to think deeply about the messages and ideas presented in the book. Ultimately, it is up to individual parents and educators to make informed decisions about what content is appropriate for their children, and to help them develop the skills they need to engage with challenging ideas in a thoughtful and responsible way.”

I agree with ChatGPT on this matter. I also believe in never banning a second cup of dark roast! Have a wonderful day!

5 thoughts on “AI Says NO to Book Banning

  1. Speaking of foreskins, I just found out that “Jesus Christ was circumcised as a Jew on the 8th day after his birth. Until 1960 the Catholic church celebrated the day as ‘Circumcision Day.’ In medieval times the holy foreskin was worshipped in many European churches.” This raises some deep questions: 1) How do you worship the holy foreskin? 2) Is the holy foreskin kept in a container at the Vatican? 3) Since Jesus was circumcised, then shouldn’t all christians be circumcised? I would think so! …to show solidarity!

    1. Sounds like you have a foreskin fetish! Ha! I have a joke for you. After David brought the 200 foreskins to King Saul, he had them made into a wallet. He told David that if you rub it really hard, it turns into a suitcase. Get it?

    2. Vic, what’s your opinion? Should all christians be circumsized? Jesus thought it was the right thing to do. “Every man and child among you shall be circumcised.” Genesis 17:10

      1. I don’t know if Jesus read the book of Genesis, but I’m sure that he knew all the Jewish laws and rituals. I don’t really have an opinion about circumcision.

  2. I guarantee that Jesus knew Genesis. So you don’t believe christians should live by their biblical laws? If their god tells them that they should remove their foreskin/clitoral hood, then shouldn’t they have to do it? Jesus was Jewish and lived by the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament as christians like to call it. I must assume he read Gen. 17:10 which says that you must be circumcised. What kind of a religion tells the followers that, if you are not circumcised (women too) then you will go to hell, where there are plenty of fried foreskins and clitoral hoods? It’s rediculous that they must do so, but they must.

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