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I am going to get on a soapbox right now, I just want to warn those of you about to read this.  I am going to talk about something I am very passionate about and you may experience some ranting and raving as well as a slight tinge of disgust.  If you cannot handle this then you may click here and go back to my homepage.
I love books.  All types of books.  I love horror, fiction, mystery, literature, classics, you name it I love it.  I just love the written word period.  There are people out there that are trying to take that away from us.  They are the people who ban books or who challenge books that begin the process of banning books.  It isn't just people in the government either, it is everyday people like you and me that make complaints about books.
I am not going to get into the process here, because my main concern is to voice my opinion against censoring our books. (This is the wonderful thing about having my own website, I can tell everyone what I think about anything.)  I don't want someone else - be it scholars, the government, my family, etc. - to tell me what I can and cannot read.  I am an adult and I should be able to make that decision for myself as well as all you adults reading this. 
As far as I am concerned, if you have a problem with the language or topic of a particular book, just don't read it.  It's that simple.  Fine, you don't like it, you don't have to read it, but don't prevent those of us who do like it from reading it.  It should be my choice what I read, not yours.  All I am saying is don't limit my freedom of expression or speech because you don't like what I have to say.  And don't decide for me what is good for me to read and what isn't.  I like books, I love books and I refuse to let you take away my pleasure because of your issues. 
As far as censoring books in schools, that is unnecessary as well.  I have two children and I don't want the government or teachers and school administrators to decide what they read.  That is my decision.  They are my children and I can't see forbidding them to read Alice in Wonderland or even the Harry Potter series if that is what they are interested in.  I am the mother, it should be my job to decide what they read.  I censor what my children watch and read and I don't need someone coming up behind me second guessing as to what is best for my children.  That goes for all parents.  It is the parents job to decide what they want their child exposed to.  If you don't want your children to read anything on witchcraft that is your decision, but don't make that decision for me.  As far as I am concerned the Harry Potter series is great for the imagination.
Yes, I am mentioning books that actually have been challenged.  The list of challenged books is unbelievable.  Check out the American Library Association.  Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, some Stephen King books (Although that should not have been a surprise, as there are many narrow-minded people in the world, for some reason I think that people should be as rational and reasonable as I am and I have to keep reminding myself that they are not).  It is just amazing. 
Bottom line, no one should be telling anyone else (except parents with their children) what they can and cannot read.  We are adults and capable of making our own decisions.  What will people try to take away next?  Sugar (because it is unhealthy and fattening)?  Fat (just because its fat)?  Maybe they will develop a microchip that will be injected into everyone with medical information and limitations as to what they can and cannot purchase in the future.  I mean they already put microchips in animals, it would not be hard to develop them for people.  So where does it end?


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