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Confronting My Temptation To Ban Books

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

We all know that banning books is wrong. So why is it so tempting?

My Letter to the Members of the Cape Henlopen School Board About Their Censorship of my Great Big Gay-YA Novel

emily m. danforth | Posted 09.06.2014 | Books
emily m. danforth

I'm proud that The Miseducation of Cameron Post is now in the company of so, so many novels that have been banned and challenged and censored throughout history--many of them among my all time favorites, the very books that shaped me as a reader, a writer, and a person.

Take My Book...Please: Further Thoughts on the Doniger Controversy

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Increasing readership, instead of restraining it, is only one reason suppressing books on religious grounds tends to backfire.

Book Bannings Are On The Rise

Posted 12.23.2013 | Books

It's been a busy year for The Kids’ Right to Read Project. The anti-censorship organization's coordinator, Acacia O'Connor, recently revealed that s...

The Book Ban Club Still Lives

Robert Miraldi | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Robert Miraldi

A possible threat to national security is perhaps more understandable, but getting a prior restraint on a book for national security is near impossible; getting a book banned because people cuss or if the content is "ungodly" (look out Harry Potter books!) is a lot easier.

7 Reasons Your Favorite Books Were Banned

Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books

Risqué-averse readers, cover your ears. Sunday marked the beginning of this year's National Banned Books Week, for which libraries and bookstores acr...

Prison Reverses Ban On Bestselling Novel

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's Department of Correction on Thursday reversed its decision to remove a 21-year-old novel written by internationa...

WATCH: Judy Blume On Censorship

Posted 06.10.2013 | Books

Judy Blume came to visit HuffPost Live, and shared her thoughts about censorship of books in schools. "The censors didn't come out of the woodwork...

High School Students Sound Off on the CPS Banning of Persepolis

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Until last week, Persepolis was only banned in Iran. As a history teacher I decided to let my students review the book and decide if the banning of Persepolis by CPS was justified.

CPS CEO Denies Reports Of District Giving 'Persepolis' The Boot

Posted 03.15.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Is Chicago Public Schools banning the popular graphic novel "Persepolis" from its schools' libraries and classrooms? Reports began...

Mom Wants School To Ban 'The Most Dangerous Game'

Posted 11.05.2012 | Education

Colorado mom Sarah Timme is upset that her 8th-grade son was assigned to read a short story about a man who hunts humans for sport. Now, she's calling...

Yes, Virginia, They Still Ban Books in Tucson, Arizona

Jeff Biggers | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
Jeff Biggers

Sorry, TUSD, but for those who believe in intellectual freedom for all students and teachers and readers, a partial book ban in classroom teaching is no less egregious than a total ban.

'Alternative' Textbook Banned From Texas School District

Posted 08.28.2012 | Education

Fake Science 101: A Less-Than-Factual Guide to Our Amazing World has been banned by the Houston Independent School District, the Houston Press blog Ha...

Up Close and Not So Personal with 50 Shades of Gray author, E L James

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 07.14.2012 | Women
Julie Gerstenblatt

I don't want E L James to be the poster child for my personal understanding of sexuality or for woman's sexual empowerment in a general sense. And the good news is, neither does E L James.

'Fifty Shades' Now Banned From Libraries In 3 States

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Public libraries in several states are pulling the racy romance trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" from shelves or deciding n...

Feds Open Civil Rights Cases on Tucson Schools Under Pedicone's Latino Crackdown: "Sheriff Arpaio of American Schools?"

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has opened investigations into possible violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in Tucson. Not that TUSD has bothered to inform the district's taxpayers of the investigation.

San Antonio Names Tafolla First Poet Laureate, as Tucson Banishes Her Classics From Classrooms

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Jeff Biggers

One of the most innovative poets and authors over the last 25 years, Tafolla's genre-bending bilingual verse from San Antonio's West Side barrio has given voice to several cherished volumes of poetry and stories.

Underground Libraries Offer Access To Allegedly Banned Books

The Huffington Post | Laura Steiner | Posted 02.23.2012 | Latino Voices

An 'underground library' movement is starting to develop in Houston, San Antonio, Albuquerque and Tucson as part of the 'Librotraficante Caravan' , a...

Let Us Now Praise What's Right With Arizona: Nationally Celebrated Tucson Educator Sean Arce

Jeff Biggers | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

In the footsteps of legendary Tucson Mayor Estevan Ochoa, who also fought against a hairbrained legislature to bring public education into Arizona, Arce has emerged as one of the most beloved leaders in the state today.

Has Tucson School District Become Little Rock, Arkansas 1954? New Court Suit on Segregation Violations Over Mexican American Studies Crackdown

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

The questions beg: How much lower and blatantly racist will Tucson school officials go? Will Tucson community leaders, like Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, stand by and watch the reckless measures of "demagogic extremists"?

Teaching Tucson: More National Groups Demand Release of Detained Books, As Teachers Adopt Banned Mexican American Studies

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
Jeff Biggers

Hundreds of schools launched a historic teach-in movement today to incorporate lesson plans from the banished Mexican American Studies program in Tucson in their own classrooms.

Nabokov, Garcia Marquez "Justify Paedophilia" Says Russian Church

AP | By MANSUR MIROVALEV | Posted 11.30.2011 | Books

MOSCOW -- A senior Russian Orthodox official claimed Wednesday that novels by Vladimir Nabokov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez justify pedophilia and said ...

Which Classic Children's Books Were Almost Banned?

American Library Association | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
American Library Association

There were 346 recorded attempts to remove materials from libraries in 2010, and more than 11,000 attempts recorded since OIF began compiling information on book challenges in 1990.

INFOGRAPHIC: Ten Most Frequently Banned Books

Posted 11.22.2011 | Books

To mark Banned Books Week (Sept 24-Oct 1), we've created an infographic to highlight the most banned or challenged books of last year. Click below to ...

More Book Banning: This Time Its 'Norweigan Wood'

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.25.2011 | Books

In a month from now, multiple organizations nationwide will participate in "Banned Books Week," an annual event that celebrates first amendment rights...