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Growing U.S. Support for Book Banning

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posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:36 PM
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"Growing Support" for Book Banning amongst Americans - some of what is presented in this article I completely agree with (making a conscious effort to prevent young students from accessing books involving sexual situations, etc. in public libraries), but I also think our neighbors and co-workers are falling prey to the tricks of the media, etc. based on what this article is describing :




American support for banning books jumped by more than 50 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to a recently released Harris Poll survey. Conducted last March, some 28 percent of the 2,244 U.S. adults surveyed answered yes to the question "Do you think that there are any books which should be banned completely?"

A 10% jump in 4 years ..




On the school-library front, a full 71 percent expect librarians to keep age-inappropriate books out of the hands of students. In addition, 60 percent think books containing explicit language should be kept from school bookshelves entirely, and 48 percent say the same about violent books. Those surveyed were also largely in favor of shielding students from books containing witchcraft or sorcery (44 percent), sexual activity (43 percent), drug or alcohol use (37 percent), and vampires (36 percent).


This is where it gets interesting..




More unsettling, perhaps, is the fact that 33 percent of Americans don't think school libraries should stock a copy of the Koran, while 29 percent want to keep out the Torah or Talmud and 13 percent would ban the bible. About a quarter think students should be kept from any books that question the existence of a divine being, while about 20 percent want to keep out books discussing creationism.






In addition to the 28 percent who say, yes, books should sometimes be banned completely in America, another 24 percent said they were "unsure" about the answer to this question. And 71 percent support books being rated in the same vein as movies, with 35 percent "strongly" in favor of this plan. Interestingly, there was less support for banning movies (16 percent), TV shows (16 percent) or video games (24 percent) outright.


Again - our society is falling victim to the media and consumerist-mentality, willfully leading ourselves to doom like lemmings or mindless drones

TV and video games don't need censorship, just BOOKS. Yeah, okay...




College graduates were somewhat less likely than those with a high-school education or less to support book bans (24 percent, versus 33 percent).


This is pretty disturbing to me - aside from the author's intentions and parts of this I agree with, the overall belief that books should be banned, etc. is frightening to me. What do you guys think after hearing about this?


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posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:40 PM
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a reply to: FamCore
Your source is missing.
Ok, it's there now.
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posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:41 PM
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a reply to: FamCore
This is a very sad state of affairs.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:42 PM
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a reply to: FamCore

Why be shocked?

What possible other outcome could anyone expect from this surging "political correctness " movement, very prevalent on university campuses as well.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:43 PM
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Which nannies are doing this? The left nannies or the right nannies. I don't even care anymore. Nannies nannies everywhere.

No books should be banned. Ever.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:46 PM
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a reply to: FamCore

If your agreement with banning books is based on your fear of children discovering that sex exists, how about just a rating system instead of banning them?



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:49 PM
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I'll take their scary sex fears seriously when they refuse to stock books that depict warfare or violence, which is, undoubtedly -- the only real pornography.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:51 PM
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Huh.

Interesting.

I wonder where Fahrenheit 451 falls on that list of books to ban.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:53 PM
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originally posted by: M5xaz
a reply to: FamCore

Why be shocked?

What possible other outcome could anyone expect from this surging "political correctness " movement, very prevalent on university campuses as well.


From the article:

Republicans, meanwhile, were still almost twice as likely as others to believe some books should be banned completely, with 42 percent support, compared to 23 percent for Democrats and 22 percent for political independents. College graduates were somewhat less likely than those with a high-school education or less to support book bans (24 percent, versus 33 percent).

Source

Also from the article:

To be fair, the poll wording is somewhat confusing, jumping from talking about the content of school libraries to books more generally in a way that may have influenced some responses.

Source

I haven't gone and looked at the poll but some of it seems suspect based on the article.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:54 PM
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Banning books won't make any difference when you have the internet.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 07:55 PM
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I am 100% against removing books from libraries. Sanitizing history over sexually suggestive writing is completely stupid when porn abounds on the internet. Every kid can access some porn. You can't avoid it. Even with safe search and websense software.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 08:30 PM
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originally posted by: 0zzymand0s
I'll take their scary sex fears seriously when they refuse to stock books that depict warfare or violence, which is, undoubtedly -- the only real pornography.


Well that'll definitely work. As long as we ban TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, magazines, and literally every other form of media, since violence and war happen every single day.

@ OP - what's that thing about how the more one tries to hide something, the greater the curiousity there is about it?

I would point to: guns, Freemasons, the CIA, etc as examples of the above sentiment.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 08:31 PM
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a reply to: FamCore

Once you ban one thing, where does it stop? How long until you're in a Fahrenheit 451 situation, where all reading material is illegal?
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posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 08:34 PM
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a reply to: FamCore

Wow, this leaves me speechless. America at its best!! The biggest Producer and consumer of porn.

I believe that no books should be banned. I believe that parents still have a big role in education and they should just do their job and check what their kids are reading and talk about it with them.

They already have the Internet with all the good and bad that comes with it. There isn't any way to prevent them going on certain websites. Even with parental control, parents still buy cell phones to their kids. Kids are smarter than them and can easily circumvent any mesure their parents took to block sites on their cell.

I, for one, would better like my kids to learn about "sex" from a Library book than on the internet where they could easily get lost on some "not so good" websites.


Peace out



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 08:37 PM
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Let's ban the banners that support the banning of books.

…and send them to Vanuatu.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 08:41 PM
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originally posted by: pfishy
a reply to: FamCore

If your agreement with banning books is based on your fear of children discovering that sex exists, how about just a rating system instead of banning them?


^^^
I agree a rating system would work - i have no fear of having the youth be informed of sex and think they SHOULD know about it, and not as it is presented by the entertainment industry. I don't agree with banning any books, I agree with common sense and discretion being applied to choosing what books should be available for certain age-ranges.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 08:52 PM
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People were asked a generic question. Are they for banning a book.

The Muslims want to ban the Bible.
The Christians want to ban the Quran.
The Atheists want to ban them both.

That about covers the majority. Too bad for all of them there is freedom of religion in this Country.

Oh, and rigged polls to make troll worthy statistics suck.



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 09:26 PM
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a reply to: nullafides

Same place its always fallen. Right near the top.

...and somehow, they never seem to see the irony.


Age appropriate. Language. What ever. That's the parents job. No one else's.

My parents never had any problem telling me what they thought was appropriate...weren't always successful.

challenged/banned books by decade....
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posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 09:38 PM
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Yet more proof that our country is nosediving to hell. Theocracy here we come!



posted on Aug, 4 2015 @ 09:39 PM
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a reply to: seagull

They can't have anything that questions the status quo or promotes free thinking. Serfs aren't supposed to do either.



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