Why Books Should Be Banning Books

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Books are still being written today and many more will be written in the future, whether they are being written to entertain, pass messages, persuade, or tell of an event, they all have a specific purpose. There are all kinds of books such as fiction, non-fiction, books written for the young, and books written for the old. Books often can be appropriate for one age group, but be inappropriate to another. Who decides what is suitable? Some parents and students have even gone to the extent of trying to ban books that possess explicit content, to limit other readers from reading those books. However, some believe that books should not be banned, free speech should not be limited, and every book is worth reading. The controversy over banning books…show more content…
Fear can be paralyzing and causes people to stop exploring, finding new ideas, and new ways of thinking. For example, in the article “Banned Books Week: Celebrating Your (and Your Teens!) Freedom to Read,” Ken Petrilli, the author has a lot to say when it comes to the topic of banning books. First of all, Petrilli says, "I believe that censorship grows out of fear, and because fear is contagious, some parents are easily swayed. Book banning satisfies their need to feel in control of their children's lives. This fear is often disguised as moral outrage. They want to believe that if their children don't read about it, their children won't know about it. And if they don't know about it, it won't happen." This quote sums up some of the parent’s perspective on why banning books should occur, when other people feel that it should not happen at all. The reason that banning books are being questioned is for the explicit content. As said above, some parents believe that other parents are over-sheltering their kids, and as a result they are banning books to prevent their kids from learning about topics that their kids are probably already exposed to. Some parents also feel that kids will learn about inappropriate topics in conversations, movies, and other places, so to have them reading of these topics should not be any different. Correspondingly, Petrilli went on to write, “At the same time, never forget that potential challengers are out there, and some are motivated by fervent religious or political beliefs.” Another reason that parents feel banning books should not be accepted is the fact that some parents merely want books banned because of religious and political views. This idea to some parents is acceptable, but to others is ridiculed because they don’t want their kids to be sheltered. Also, some parents feel that learning of

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