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  • Posted By: proshi
  • Date Posted: 11/09/2011
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Words: 364
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Censorship of books in public high schools

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Censorship of books in public high schools

I am disagreeing with the statement “Censorship of books in public high schools violates civil liberties.” I understand that you might think this is unfair. I know that you feel you should take a stand in what you believe in and fight for your rights. This does seem unjust, for them to control what you read when most of the time, they haven‘t read the book their self! “Sometimes it is clear that those who challenge a book have not read it.” I know that you think they shouldn’t control what you read. You may also think that the book could have a very good moral lesson, despite the offensive material. Here is a quote that talks about the Harry Potter series. “I did see lessons about character, perseverance, love, faith, and loyalty. I saw friendship and trust. I saw books well worth reading, but when fanatics make the rules, fantasy is evil, and imagination and whimsy are suspect.” You do have a point. Sometimes censorship can take away your rights. However, it does not violate our liberties, because censorship protects us from obscene material. “Most frequently, books are challenged because they contain profanity or violence, sex or sex education, homosexuality, witchcraft and the occult, “secular humanism” or “new age” philosophies, portrayals of rebellious children, or “politically incorrect,” racist or sexist language.” If we are not old enough to read that kind of material, then we shouldn’t keep it in the library. But if you really want to read it then go ahead and buy the book. School libraries should keep appropriate books for our age. “One of the issues is age appropriateness; there are no doubt things that we can and should let students read and study at age seventeen that we would not want them to read ...

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