banned books

United States
September 20, 2006 9:47pm CST
Banned Books weeks is coming up next week. Do you think books should be banned or burned? Or should all books be allowed to circulate freely, regardless. What are your thoughts? Books have been challenged/banned because of homosexual content, perverse sexuality, language, violence. What do you think?
9 responses
@somesh1984 (1299)
• India
24 Oct 06
I don't know if the banned books are sold at all. I would guess if they're no longer in print, their value would go u
@silken (259)
• United States
22 Oct 06
If you don't like it, don't read it. Here is a good book about that very subject: Fahrenheit 451
@Tanya8 (1734)
• Canada
18 Oct 06
In general I support freedom of speech, but some books certainly make me feel very uncomfortable. There's s children's book out in the U.S. http://www.amazon.com/Help-There-Liberals-Under-Bed/dp/0976726904/sr=1-1/qid=1161162376/ref=sr_1_1/002-8644654-7010459?ie=UTF8&s=books which mischaracterises liberals and openly encourages children to hate them. If such a book were written about a particular racial group, I probably would support a ban. Freedom of speech needs to be balanced with the ideal of protection from hate literature. On another note, what about books that explain how to build bombs or create chemical weapons aimed at lay-people?
@ssh123 (31096)
• India
7 Oct 06
If a book is banned for specific reason like writings in book could create social tension, it could be biased, it supprts racial discrimination etc., the copies of the books should be burnt. It should not be allowed for distrbution through sale.
• Singapore
7 Oct 06
I think every book should be allowed to circulate freely. If it's something offensive, I don't have to read it.
• United States
7 Oct 06
This country has freedom of speech so that would include writing books so no they shouldn't be banned. We as adults can chose the books we want to read.
@Smclin1 (325)
• United States
6 Oct 06
My oldest daughter is a big book fan, though I myself am not. The high school she went to carried 15 of the top 20 banned books, and my daughter read most of them. I think it should be up to individual parents to decide the maturity of their children- not letting politicians and schoolboards lump all children in one group that isn't allowed to read anything.
@Lillith (775)
• United States
21 Sep 06
It is totally wrong that books are burned or banned, etc. Free speech is supposed to be a divine right, as is freedom to choose what we read. Banning books just makes most people want to read them even more. Looking at it that way, maybe these control freaks are doing the writers a huge favor. LOL
@SunnyDays (1071)
• Bahamas
21 Sep 06
All books should be allowed - there is no sense or valuable reason EVER to burn or ban any books ...That just reminds me to much on Hitler Germany ..Who is it who wanna regulate what someone can read ? How can those persons judge ???