Monday, September 26, 2016

#BannedBooksWeek 2016 - What book would you go to jail for?

The American Library Association has some really cool prompts this year to stimulate conversation about banned/challenged books. Today's question is...

My answer...

I thought about this for a while. I went through the top 10 challenged books lists from the past 15 years and I decided on the Harry Potter series. The series was on the top 10 lists in 2001, 2002, and 2003. The reasons? Predominantly occult/Satanism. This is why I would go to jail defending this series. Challenging books that teach within their wonderful story lines about friendship, loyalty, love and so much more, and labeling them as occultism/Satanism is just plain hysteria, in my opinion. These are the beliefs that led us to accuse, convict and execute twenty people for witchcraft in the Salem witch trials in the 17th century. That people still believe and fear these things so much that they would deprive their children (and the children of others) of reading one of the most wonderful fantasy book series in the history of books is unfathomable. So yes, I would go to jail defending Harry Potter.

How about you?


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  1. I'd have to pick Harry Potter too for this one! No one should be denied getting to read it!

  2. I'd probably go to jail for any book, honestly. Even Twilight or Fifty Shades. But I'd probably pick Jane Eyre as my book to be memorized so everyone could here it like from Fahrenheit 451.

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