Are you in favor of banning books?

@Swtrose (3399)
Canada
June 1, 2007 12:53am CST
A mother of four children, tried to get the popular Harry Potter books banned from school libraries in Georgia. Are you in favor in schools banning books such as To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harry Potter and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?
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@pajmaz (134)
• United States
1 Jun 07
no im not a fan of banning books. Especially not the ones you mentioned. Whats wrong with them?
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Harry Potter Books by JK Rawlings - This is a photo of the entire collection of Harry Potter Books that are currently available...I have read every one of them...and am anxiously awaiting the final book to be released soon.
No, I am not in favor of such ridiculous things....two of these books are classics and have been read by countless children throughout the years...in school as required reading... As for the Harry Potter Books....I have read every one of them and do not see anything wrong with them....they are a fictional tale and should be viewed as such.. While I respect a parent's right to not allow their children to read these books...to ban them from school libraries is just narrow-minded and completely out of line.
1 Jun 07
Good grief, this is ridiculous. Harry Potter is popular fiction and should be taken as such, and to ban literary classics is the road to ruin. What is it with these people that makes them so rabidly obsessive about banning books.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
1 Jun 07
"What is it with these people that makes them so rabidly obsessive about banning books." hhmm I wonder that myself actually and the only things I can come up with are "everyone needs a hobby" or "they're miserable and feel the rest of the world should be to"...other than that I really dont know
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@moomincat (321)
1 Jun 07
I think the banning of books is a very dangerous business. In any case in a lot of incidences it only makes them more intriqueing. On the other hand I have been personally selective in what I would read myself or encourage my family to read.
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@crickethear (1420)
• United States
1 Jun 07
This is a sore subject with me, because I feel that more and more our rights are being taken away. How dare someone tries to ban a book. If it is objectional, then put some kind of code on it, so there will be parental controls. However, books should be part of our culture. There is so much to learning from reading them. If you don't like these books, then don't bother with them. I am tried of people fighting for their rights on things like this, but what about my rights.?
• United States
2 Jun 07
Never! If someone doesn't want their children to read something that is their right. However, it is not for them to set the standards for others. This subject sets me off no end.
@vivienna (583)
• Venezuela
1 Jun 07
Banning books is a dangerous business. Where books are persecuted, people will be persecuted, too, as history shows. It is also dangerous when children have access to literature, TV, movies, which do not correspond to their mental age -just look at 4 year old Britney Spears- and view or read them without being guided by teachers and parents (but often parents themselves need help). The mother in case obviously doesn't know anything about the high moral values of these classics and nothing more about Potter series, where there is a call for courage in fighting evil, for loyalty and friendship. No to banning! Yes to control and education!
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@loved1 (5338)
• United States
1 Jun 07
That is a clear cut case of people throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Sure, there are probably some aspects to anything that you could consider inappropriate, but you need to be reasonable. I think if you take the time to teach your children right from wrong, they will be able to (for instance) read a book with 2-3 curse words in it without turning into a serial killer. These parents are often the ones who buy their children the most hideously violent video games I have ever seen, and let them play for 8 hours at a time. Really, the key is spending time with our children and being there to answer any questions about their reading materials.
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@selina0625 (1383)
• Philippines
1 Jun 07
No I don't agree that we should ban books whenever there's a serious topic inside it. This is a free world and we are free to express our selves, I'm most specially talking in behalf of the writers. As for the reason why some wopuld consider banning books is because of the concern for the child whose reading these books. We as parents should be the one responsible for looking after our kids. It is where "parental guidance" comes in. We should discuss to the kids what's inside those books if ever they wanted to read these books.
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
1 Jun 07
absolutely NOT! I dont think any books should be banned really especially such classics like To Kill a Mocking Bird and Huck. Finn...or the newer classics to be H.P books....Hell even highly controversial books like The Turner Diaries shouldnt be banned....
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@student7 (1002)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I think people who try to ban books are just plain dumb. I read all of the above mentioned books and even own them. I would never dream of banning books. I think that is censorship and that is soooo wrong. If they don't want their children to read the books don't try to encourage their curosity by trying to get them banned. Just keep silent about it and teach them right from wrong. There was a post awhile ago on here from a person who thinks that Harry Potter leads to Satanism. I had a bumper sticker that actually I adopted as my motto. It said "stupidity should be painful." :)
@4cuteboys (4103)
• United States
3 Jun 07
No way. I think some of the ones that they are talkin gabout banning are staples and they need to stay. As far as Harry Potter goes, I don't see it as a problem. We have all the potter books and the newest one is pre-ordered so it will ship on the release date. I have read them to my older kids and don't see an issue.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
I do not know how old I was when I first read To Kill a Mocking Bird. but that book had a huge impact on my life. As a Canadian I grew up with only white people around me. I was never aware of racial issues, and that book opened my eyes to how the Negro or Black people were thought of. I didn't need to finish the book to feel outraged by the conditions that they were forced to live in and the treatment that was shoveled out. It made me be very aware of those around me and how I would like to be treated. As well how I would consider my fellow man as a thinking feeling person who deserved respect as such. Ban these books NEVER. we need more books to make us aware and think not drivel to put us to sleep.PS. I am huge fan of Harry Potter.
@KissThis (3008)
• United States
2 Jun 07
If someone doesn't want their child to read a book then they should personally ban the book from their own home. I don't see why anyone should be able to dictate what other people read. I can understand that there are some books that aren't appropriate to have in schools but none of these fall under those guidelines. I am not in favor of schools banning these classics or the Harry Potter books.
@paidreader (5152)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Most definately not! I think it's ridiculous that this mother of four is so determined to get them banned when she hasn't even read one of the Harry Potter books. While I'm glad that she's proactive in what HER children read, but that doesn't mean she should determine what's being read (or not) by others.