Book Banning

Book banning occurs when access to a book, in whole or in part, has been restricted by the government or another authority. The censoring authority may issue an official doctrine explaining why the book has been banned. Some bans have involved burning physical copies of books, ensuring that the offending text will not be read or making a symbolic gesture toward that end. Alternately, a book may be quietly removed from library shelves. Censors ban books to prevent the dissemination of thoughts and ideas they have deemed dangerous, and a book may be banned due to moral, religious, or political motivations. Opponents of book banning argue that readers should be free to make their own decisions about what they read....

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