Book Banning And First Amendment Right

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What is a banned book? A banned book is a book that has been removed from the shelves; it could be from a library, classroom, or even the bookstore because of its content. A book could be banned for many reasons, but it could be banned because it contains sex, violence, inappropriate language, religious viewpoints, witch craft, and many more things because other people deem it inappropriate. When someone bans a book they ban it for everyone else too.
The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" (First Amendment Oct. 20, 2013). But "the First Amendment does not protect all speech from government censorship, and it does not prevent private non-government entities from censoring. Years of US Supreme Court decisions have identified exceptions to the general rule that the governments in the United States cannot censor" (Censorship Copyright © 2002). American citizen's right of freedom of speech should be held in the highest integrity and any kind of censorship of free speech should not be allowed because it take away those rights. However, censorship has been going on for centuries.
Censorship can be traced back as early as 399 BCE. it originated in Rome. When Socrates was executed because the Roman people believed his teachings were impious. Even though he didn't have any writings the government wanted to censor his teachings because they were afraid of the effects his ideas had on the children (E.L. p.1). There are many stories on how The Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed. Some say it was Julius Caesar in 48 BCE When he supposedly set fire to ship in the harbor and the fire had spread to the docks and surrounding area, but the thew fire only destroyed part of the library not all of it. Others say it was destroyed by religious riots in 391 CE. When

Another story is when an conflict broke out against between the Jews and the Christians in Alexandria in 415 CE. When violences occurred between them, Cyril told the Jews to leave. The last great scholar Hypatia, refused and was then murdered on Cyril orders and then burned the Great Library of Alexandria down. It is said that their had to be some remains of the Library still existing
The burning of the Great Alexandria Library, maybe a mistake destroyed over 700, 000 scrolls. Many of these scrolls were the only copies and the information they held are lost forever (Heather Phillips p.4-6).
Even the Catholic Church supported censorship, in the seventieth century they wanted to censor Galileo because he believed that they church was wrong about the planets revolving around Earth. He believe that the sun was in the center and all of the plants revolved around it and they made him burn all of his writings.
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