Banned and Challenged Books

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Banned and Challenged Books

Many books have been banned over many years for a wide variety of reason. Some for challenging a set of a beliefs held by sections of a society, others for concerns for the reader’s virtue or fragile mental health.

Occasionally the comedy writes itself.  For instance, George Orwell’s 1984 was banned in the USA for being pro-communist and in The Soviet Union for being anti-communist.

More recently, The Kite Runner, 13 Reasons Why and George.  For promoting Islam, discussing suicide and depicting a transgender child, respectively.

Banned and challenged books offer an important opportunity to view the world through differing perspectives.  To experience different ways of thinking about the world, and learn from uncomfortable or foreign experiences.  The freedom to read and express controversial ideas are essential elements to an excellent education and a healthy society.

Rebel! Stand up for your right to be amused or offended, frightened or insulted, devastated or exalted.  Read something that someone, somewhere thinks you shouldn’t.

Ray Bradbury once said “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them.”