If The Bible is your book of choice, then you don’t have to worry too much. There are several lists of banned books that are floating around out there, including the ones I have published here: TOP 10 BANNED BOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, BANNED BOOKS – MULTI-NATIONAL, & BANNED BOOKS – U.S. For some reason, The Bible does not show up on any of these lists. Why is that? It could be argued that The Bible is one of the most challenged books in history, and therefore it doesn’t make the list any longer because its place in literature is just accepted. However, one could also argue that The Bible is used as a “standard” by which other pieces of literature are judged. Most likely in today’s society, it would be the latter of the two. Here are some examples of why a particular book is banned and/or challenged:
- Morality issues (who’s definition of morality?)
- Racial or ethnic themes
- Sexuality explicit content
- Language such as “nigger” (even though the use of the word nigger was a reality in some cultures at certain periods in history)
- Evil in various forms (who’s definition of evil?)
The interesting thing about all these reasons, and there are others, is the fact that The Bible has a plethora of content that falls under ALL of the categories listed. So why is it that books such as 1984, The catcher in the Rye, Lady Chatterly’s Lover, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, etc…constantly hit the banned list, but The Bible never does? It is due to the fact that many Christian religious groups are attempting to control what everyone else is allowed to read, watch, listen to, etc.
Whether you agree with this or not, take a look around and do some research. It’s obvious, and running out of control. I believe it is the right of the individual to be able to decide what they want to read, watch, listen to, etc. We don’t need some high and mighty group that thinks they know what is best for everyone telling us what to do. We just need to stop this bullshit book banning altogether. And by the way, I am not taking a stand against The Bible. As far as I am concerned, The Bible falls into the same category as any other literary work. The people, individually, have the right to read what they want, including The Bible, or any other published work. This article is simply exposing the hypocritical attitude of the people/groups that are doing most of the challenging/banning of our beloved literature.
STOP BANNING BOOKS, PERIOD!