Banned Books

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  1. My business is presently raising money to un-ban some books from our public schools

    Are there any books banned in your schools or countries?

    Do you think they should be banned?

    Why or why not?
  2. LOLnope there are books about neo-nazism and the pro-KKK and animal experimentation… it's ridiculous and slightly terrifying that someone either donated or ordered those books. I suppose we don't have books like 50 Shades of Grey but as far as nonfiction goes… its really weird o.o

    I don't think books should be banned, but it still is a little weird seeing the How to Perform a Satanic Ritual book right next to the Homosexual Pride and How to Make Paper Airplane books……. Just a lil' weird.

    I don't think they should be banned because, well, to each his own. And it is quite interesting browsing the library. I don't know, I guess I'm just not very offended by it.
  3. Does your country call itself a democracy? Are you down with the whole democratic thing?


    Then you don't ban fucking books.

    I'd honestly struggle to think of a greater action that marks a country or government as opposing the pursuit of knowledge and personal freedom than the banning or destroying of books. It baffles the mind that nations like the USA, who pride themselves on liberty and all that good shit, would engage in such behaviour. Yet it happens. All. The fucking. Time.

    I dunno. Maybe this is my bleeding heart libertarian shining through, but irregardless of whether you disapprove of the content of something you shouldn't seek to censor it and still call your society free. You don't like the book? Don't bloody read it then: it's none of your business whether I do or not.

    There's a great line from John Milton that really hits the nail on the head for me with this issue.

    "Unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself."
  4. @Grumpy that is a list of worldwide banned books - you can find the country in the description.

    Clockwork Orange banned in US schools because of violence.
    Anne Frank banned in the Lebanon because "Fuck Jews" apparently.
    Huck Finn banned for political reasons, mostly due to use of the n-word, or Twain's anti-racist ideals. Ironic.
    Lysistrata was once banned in the US, banned by the Nazis, and the post-war junta because of sex strikes.
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China for personalizing animals.
    Animal Farm was banned during the Cold War to prevent tensions, a play in Kenya was banned by corrupt leaders, and the UAE banned it recently.
    Harry Potter was banned AND BURNED in the US at one time because ooh magic and witchcraft.
    Go Tell it on the Mountains was banned for indecency. In the US.
    The Da Vinci Code was banned in the Lebanon for challenging the Church.
    The Communist Manifesto is actively banned and burned in Capitalist countries. Probably the US as well.
    For Whom the Bell Tolls was banned in Spain for reasons obvious to readers.
    To Kill a Mockingbird was banned, but that information was only gathered by its presence in the list. Probably deep south US.
    1984 was banned in the USSR AND the US during the Cold War for different reasons. More irony.
    Lolita was banned in many countries and still is in some. Then again, it is about a pedophiliac relationship with a 12-year old.
    The Origin of Species was banned in Cambridge.
    Slaughterhouse Five is actively banned in the US due to criticisms. It also uses offensive language.
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was banned in the south because eugh witches and under McCarthyism because eugh socialists.
    Not Without my Daughter was banned in both film and print in Iran for reasons obvious to anybody who has seen or read it.
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower was banned in the US for awhile. Homosexuality was one of the reasons listed.
    Death Note was banned in China.
    Tom Sawyer was banned in the US for the same reasons as Huck Finn
    Confessions of Georgia Nicolson was banned for pornographic reasons, one of which including leabianism.
    As I Lay Dying was banned in southern US schools for challenging Christianity
    The Canterbury Tales was once banned and is currently censored in the US.
    The Catcher in the Rye was banned and censored for indecency.
    Fahrenheit 451 was sort of a "If I do this, they'll just do that" situation in which they do in fact do that. Banned in the US for a time due to profanity.
    Frankenstein has been protested because some Christians think they're the only demographic in the world.
    Gone With the Wind was banned a few times for racism.
    Heart of Darkness banned in some US schools.
    A Light in the Attic has been challenged several times.
    Lord of the Flies has had controversy from people reading too much into it.
    The Lord of the Rings was burned by a New Mexico Church in '01.
    The Merchant of Venice is banned in some US schools.
    Of Mice and Men is banned in several areas at a time for its themes.
    The Rights of Man was banned in the UK and Tsarist Russia, and the other was charged with treason after the French Revolution.
    Tarzan is banned in some US schools because of religion.
    Uncle tom's Cabin was banned in the Confederate South, and in Russia under Nicholas I.
    Wealth of Nations is banned for both communism and capitalism. Hella irony up in this.

    Those are some memorable books I looked through and made sure about where they were banned and why.

    As far as my opinion on banning books, I believe in freedom of expression, but I do not believe in discrimination. I do not appreciate the production of books such as those written with ideals of Nazism or the KKK.

    So I'm at a crossroads. On one hand, you ban a book, people start to scream. Suppression of knowledge and all that. But on the other hand, should these words be spread?

    I see nothing wrong with the books listed on the website. Nothing worth banning and burning, anyway. I do wonder why Mein Kampf isn't up there. But the books that have been banned are for idiotic reasons.
    #4 VerbalAbuse, Feb 28, 2014
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  5. God they still ban books? What is this, Fahrenheit 451?

    (Speaking of that book I'm pretty sure that one's on the list of commonly banned books as well)

    When I was in high school I took up the self imposed challenge of finding and reading as many 'banned' books as possible. A lot of 'em were in the school library already, which as a little odd considering I went to a rather conservative school.

    It's really funny how the themes of some of the books they ban mirror a lot of people's attitudes towards 'challenging' literature. Brave New World, 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 all take place in dystopias where the powers that be have a vice grip on what the population consumes.

    Books, as propaganda-filled, disgusting, dated, explicit or anti-Christian as they may be should still be protected.

    It's the year of the glorious horse 2002+12 we really should be over the whole media bottleneck thing.
  6. I think books are still banned around here. If not that, they're certainly still challenged. It's so pointless and stupid to me. "I want Harry Potter banned because it's going to turn my child into a satanist" and shit like that. :| Books don't poison our minds, they teach us. How the new knowledge is applied is up to the reader. I'd like to think that kids aren't as easy to manipulate as people say... My siblings have had the freedom to read what they want ever since they knew how to read, and they're perfectly normal human beings. (Well, mostly. My family's weird, but that's besides the point.)
  7. Getting back to the original post, I think that when you get to the elementary school level I can see why books would be banned from those school libraries. Outside of that, I don't think any books should be banned. As the saying goes "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
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