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originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
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.
originally posted by: RealTruthSeeker
Banning books won't make any difference when you have the internet.
originally posted by: FamCore
"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?