Banned Books

September 4, 2007 at 8:12 am 4 comments

The terrorists may hate us for our freedoms, but I bet they love us for our attempts to ban books. Banned Book Week isn’t for another few weeks, but here are some of the books that activists have made attempts to have banned in recent years. BTW, don’t you love that in the Capital of the Free World we have Banned Book Week?

Beloved – Toni Morrison
Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
Harry Potter (series) – J.K. Rowling
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Heather Has Two Mommies – Leslea Newman
The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

Have religious extremists tried to ban any of your favorite books? If so, had them to the comments.

Much love: Andrew Sullivan


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Books, Conservatives, Education, Entertainment, Hypocrites, Media, Politics, Pop Culture.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cliff Burns  |  September 4, 2007 at 8:59 am

    I’ve represented my professional writing organization during “Banned Book Week” (up here in Canada it’s called “Freedom to Read Week”) and while the media interviews and debates are somewhat trying (to say the least), I’ve taken on the task gladly. What higher calling than a spokesperson on behalf of freedom of expression? Those who face the greatest difficulties continue to be school librarians who must endure pressure from parents, even fellow staff members, to remove or restrict a book someone deems “offensive”. Those folks are on the front lines and have my respect…and sympathy.

  • 2. Bloggernista  |  September 4, 2007 at 9:28 am

    You are right. Librarians don’t get enough love and support for the heat they take for ensuring that young people have access to a wide range of thought provoking literature.

  • 3. Christopher  |  September 4, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    We read Catcher in the Rye in sophmore year in high school. Loved it.

    I think the great Mayo Angelo’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is sometimes accorded the honor too.

    How great to be on a banned list. I know my blog is banned in China. Isn’t that the best? I wear it like a badge of honor. What the Chinese are missing!

  • 4. Bloggernista  |  September 4, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Damn you Christopher! Why are you cool enough to be banned in China, but not me? 🙂


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