Banning Books Give Us Silence When We Need Speech Essay

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“Banning books give us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight” (Stephen Chbosky). The First Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Freedom of the press means the government can not restrict television, radio, internet, or what is printed in newspapers and books. It also allows the dissemination of literature and the right to receive it. Without this freedom, the public would be less informed. Despite this bill being passed in 1789, it is still debated today.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, to censor means to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable. Censorship involves groups or individuals succeeding in keeping information from the public and forcing personal beliefs and values on others. Book censorship has existed in the United States since the arrival of the American colonists. Censorship of books is often initiated by the government, schools, religious organizations, and parents. There are four major types of censorship: withholding information, destroying information, altering or using selective information, and self-censorship (study.com). Reasons for censorship often include: sex, nudity, profanity,violence, racism and religious views. Book censorship in the United States is a violation of First Amendment rights.
Prior to the invention of the printing press, book burning was the primal form…

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