posted on Jan, 22 2010 @ 08:11 AM
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
The list includes books that were banned for all of a day decades ago.
I think we'd all be hard-pressed, in America anyway, to find a truly banned book.
Australia has a few that are currently banned like American Psycho. Anything classed as material that may "promote, incite or instruct in matters of
crime or violence".
I'd like to know if there are really any that are banned in the US currently. Whole Bill of Rights and all.
I would say there are NO
books officially banned in the U.S. (by the U.S. government -- i.e., books that are illegal to own or read).
There are some books that are "banned" by certain local school districts in the United States...
...HOWEVER, "banned" is a misnomer. Those schools have only decided to remove some books from their libraries in the school
, but the books
are still perfectly legal to own and read.
To be clear, I'm not agreeing with the schools' decisions on all counts, but obviously there may be certain publications (pornography, for example)
that a school would rather not have in its library. The only problem is defining what "pornography" is exactly.
Some schools have gone too far in trying to be "politically correct" and had removed "Tom Sawyer" from their libraries and reading lists becuase
it contained the "N"-word to describe African people. However, that does not mean that a child in that school system can't own and read a personal
copy of Tom Sawyer.