I spotted the button for this over at Kat’s place and I had to rush back here to put up a button for it and make an entry. I’m a very strong believer in freedom of the press and censorship bothers me greatly. The majority of people who try to ban various books do so for their own personal religious reasons which, as you can imagine, really frosts my shorts. I’ve been introduced to a lot of really great authors and stories by insisting on reading a book someone has tried to, or has, banned someplace in this country. Half my motivation for reading the excellent Harry Potter series has been all the uproar it’s generated among the overly religious. Anything that pisses off the religious right that badly can’t be all bad in my mind. More importantly, the idea of banning ideas we don’t like goes against the very concepts America was founded on. If you love your country and value your freedom you will oppose all attempts to ban books and will probably find the Banned Books Project a worthwhile site to visit. Kudos to Kat for bringing it to my attention!
Oh, and in case you’re curious about the what the most commonly challenged books are here’s a link to the The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 19902000.