Persuasive Essay - Book Banning

Topics: American Library Association, Library, Censorship Pages: 3 (1103 words) Published: March 5, 2013

Through out history literature has grown from cave paintings of Neanderthals during the Stone Age to the ipads and Kindles of today. Even though literature has expanded ever so greatly over the course of time there are still factors that stand in its way, mainly book banning and the fact that the nation is becoming more and more excepting of the fact, and not truly willing to take any action to prevent it what so ever. Though some pieces of literature might have instances of crude and unsettling language, it does not give the community the right to ban them. Say no to book banning, say no to the man that believes to be above all others, say no to the system that tries to corrupt the minds of the nation, let all literature flourish and blossom into its miraculous greatness, and above all inform the man that to ban a book is to ban knowledge, to ban knowledge is to encourage ignorance, to encourage ignorance will lead to the ultimate destruction of the world.

Why would it every be thought as a descent idea to tamper with great pieces of literature in the hopes of censoring or even banning them and lessening the knowledge and book smarts of the nation. “According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts. Over the past decade, American libraries were faced with 4400 challenges, 1,413 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material, 1,125 challenges due to “offensive language”, 897 challenges due to material deemed “unsuited to age group”, 514 challenges due to “violence”, 344 challenges due to “homosexuality”, 109 materials were challenged because they were “anti-family,”. And an additional 269 were challenged because of their “religious viewpoints.” 1,502 of these challenges (approximately 34%) were in classrooms; 33% were in school libraries; 23% (or 1,032) took place in public libraries. There were 100 challenges to college classes;...
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