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and as far as practice... i do not think books should be banned, but i also understand their will always be a line there, because kids can't look at porn and a backwoods patriot / junkie of his/her meds can't build a bomb. just common sense. hopefully understanding prevails.
Unfortunately, in the U.S. I am finding that it is not only culturally insensitive books which are being banned. But also books which have sensitive information which the Powers that be do not want the general public to know. Alot of history and psychology books are being banned or they are very hard to find.
The same goes for any other subject, abortion, drugs etc., racism might be a extreme topic though, since in the U.S, it's against the law.
.....all the things that go with it
I and many of my friends have had first hand experiences
of this, starting in the 60's with underground publications in the Uk
like.OZ. IT. The little red schoolbook & Free London.
Poetry..'Golden convulvas' publisher condemned on an obscenity charge
leading to loss of his job as a male nurse and registered as a sex offender
for writing a poem about a gay encounter.
a few years (1971) ago I came across another backlash to writing a poem September 11th) , being busted for a half gram of hash 35years before
& writing for underground publications in the 60's I was refused admission to the USA for a coast to coast tour. the reason that I was a danger to the moral welfare of the American people. what had happened was that the officials now check all flight records for passengers and do a check on them
before they arrive. of course they checked out my website saw the poem & the tour details found out that I was booked at a few radical events etc...and bingo arrested when I arrived and sent back to Amsterdam.
a note was placed in my passport which meant that every time I traveled and crossed a passport computer checkpoint, I was searched, all manuscripts and CD's etc were checked and I was cross questioned.
I have heard from many poets in the USA that their books are being removed from bookstores, libraries & schools, they have lost their jobs or contracts are not renewable because they wrote against war.
we are not communists, dictators or anarchists, we are just human beings
who are concerned for others.
That is the direction we are headed, and there's no way around it. All of these people who have voices are going to say "This offends me" which will be the end of whatever action, book, organization, blah blah blah - the list goes on.
It's almost inevitable, which sickens me. But it's obvious.
I do not agree with book banning. If something offends you, then don't read it. If it's a book that explains how to make bombs, then I agree with the person up there somewhere who said it should be up to the parents to pay some damn attention to whats going on.
People are going to do what they're going to do. I highly doubt that a book about magic is going to influence a child to not be a christian, and so on.
I think I'm becoming disgusted with society as a whole - because it actually goes above and beyond just banning books.