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How book-banning campaigns have changed lives and education of librarians

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By Nicole Cooke

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Neither policies nor book reviews nor professional expertise are keeping library workers from being called pedophiles, groomers, indoctrinators and pornographers. They are being harassed, receiving death threats and being fired. Libraries have been sued and library workers are so threatened and harassed that they are getting sickand leaving their careers.

American anti-intellectualism and religious mania on full display. America has its own Taliban.

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More books, not fewer.

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I never thought I would see book banning over here.

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Banning books is now wide spread across the USA, mainly because of their sexual content. One book however, will never be banned, The Bible. This book is filled with violence, sexual content, and even incest, so why has it not been banned?

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This book is filled with violence, sexual content, and even incest, so why has it not been banned?

Morals exist only as human concepts based on popular opinion. The Bible gets to hang around because it's still popular with many, despite objectionable content, outdated views and dubious fantastical elements.

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Neither policies nor book reviews nor professional expertise are keeping library workers from being called pedophiles, groomers, indoctrinators and pornographers. 

Exactly this. This is a far right movement, pushed by neo-fascist groups like Moms for Liberty.

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"One book however, will never be banned, The Bible. This book is filled with violence, sexual content, and even incest, so why has it not been banned?"

Actually, there has been at least a couple of notable instances of the Bible being banned because of content, or at least only made available to older students, one of which happened in Utah.

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One book however, will never be banned, The Bible. This book is filled with violence, sexual content, and even incest, so why has it not been banned?

Perhaps because no one gets too excited when reading it. While full of the stuff you mention (we used to search out the dirty parts as kids at high school), it doesn't generally get you horny. And as every priest knows, if it gets you horny, it should be banned.

(Sorry, maybe too many wines already.)

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There is no justification for banning any book on offer to adults. Adults can make up their own minds on what to read. In the US, I guess librarians could have designated shelves for books that only Republicans would enjoy and shelves for books only Democrats would enjoy, to keep them all happy. Keep them well away from each other to avoid fights. Curating for extremists can be added to the librarianship degree course.

School libraries will be victims of the culture wars. There will inevitably be censorship due to witch hunts by the left and the right. But kids grow up. They discover books that were banned from them. In many cases, banning a book makes it more interesting to them.

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School libraries will be victims of the culture wars. There will inevitably be censorship due to witch hunts by the left and the right.

The current witch hunt is very much by the far right. I can't think of many books that the left has tried to ban. Mein Kampf perhaps?

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Actually, there has been at least a couple of notable instances of the Bible being banned because of content, or at least only made available to older students, one of which happened in Utah.

That was a specific response by a secular parent in response to the rightest measures. They asked the school district to apply its own Christo fascist rules to the Bible. They had no choice but to withdraw it when they applied the rules equally.

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