Why Is Religion Banned In Fahrenheit 451

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Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, portrays a society where all books are outlawed. If a book was found in someone’s house not only would the book be burned, but the house along with everything the person owned would be burned too. Montag knew this when he took the risk of hiding books, and in the end, that risk ended up costing him. Unfortunately, our society too is censoring books in which are considered “bad” by certain people. One of these books is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle due to its open discussion about religion and its alleged promotion of occult and satanic suggestions.
To see this, we first need to understand what happens in the plot of A Wrinkle in Time. The book begins with Meg Murry unable to sleep during a stormy night.
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For example, in 1990 Anniston Ala. schools challenged the book because of it’s “use of the name of Jesus Christ in relations to other artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders” (dsjkdsjk adasda). The motive behind the school’s banning of A Wrinkle in Time is because they disliked the fact that Jesus, someone who people who hold higher than life itself, is being compared to as equal to Albert Einstein or Shakespeare. Although it was just a metaphor, the school took this seriously as they considered it disrespectful towards Christianity. Another claim which contributed to the book’s banning was that it was too religious, as shown by the numerous references to the Bible. For instance, after being tessered to the planet Uriel, the kids find out the flying beasts are singing part of Psalm 96: “Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise to the end of the earth.” (L’Engle 80w) To some people, this is offensive as they feel the book is preaching Christian theology and is trying to force people to become Christian. Subsequently, people are also offended because of the symbolism of the “light” representing good, and the “darkness” represented as bad. In short, one of the main causes of A Wrinkle in Time’s banning is its very open opinions and discussion about religious …show more content…
For instance, one source says the book constantly “undermines religious beliefs” (jwejkw weh). To elaborate, the source is saying this because Madeleine L’Engle gave characters like Charles Wallace and the “Mrs. W’s” supernatural abilities, and in the eyes of the church, this undermines God and his abilities. Although these abilities were given to help move the plot along, people see it as promoting satanic behaviors, like witchcraft. Another example was when the book was challenged at Polk City, Fla. Elementary School “under the allegations that the story promotes… crystal balls, and demons” (dssfs jdfsjl) This incident specifically focuses on the abilities of the Happy Medium the kids met. Even though the Happy Medium helped the kids and showed them what they had to face, her use of the crystal ball to some people is a direct reference to occult powers not given to her by God, but earned by demonic means. In brief, having occult and satanic components made A Wrinkle in Time a very challenged

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