Sunday, September 25, 2005

Why and Who??

People ban or try to ban books for various different reasons. They may feel that the content is inappropriate for children of a certain age group, has bad language, or because of religious beliefs. What is so infuriating is that it is fine if they don't want to read something but to protest and try to ban a book from a public or school library and take away someone else's freedom to access the material is an infringement of the First Amendment.
Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful. As John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty.

Who:Throughout history, more and different kinds of people and groups of all persuasions than you might first suppose, who, for all sorts of reasons, have attempted—and continue to attempt—to suppress anything that conflicts with or anyone who disagrees with their own beliefs

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