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Is The Golden Compass Pointed In The Wrong Direction?

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Every single day books are challenged and banned by schools and parent organizations. These organizations and schools are taking away children’s intellectual freedom. The American Library Association defines intellectual freedom as “the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction” (Ross, Caplan 1). When schools restrict their student’s intellectual freedom that is censorship, ALA defines censorship as “the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons, individuals, groups or government officials find objectionable or dangerous” (1). Books are banned for a variety of reasons such as sexual themes, profanity, violence or anti-religious themes. In one case a librarian in Ortega Middle School challenged the book because she believed it was innapropiate for children (“Censorship Watch” 1). The Golden Compass has been challenged because the author is an atheist and many some religions believe it has anti-religious themes (Taylor 1). Anti-religious content and an author’s religious preference are not justifiable reasons to ban The Golden Compass.
One of the reasons The Golden Compass has been banned is because the author, Phillip Pullman, is an atheist (1). The Halton Catholic School Board removed this book from their libraries not because of anything in it but because Pullman “is an avowed and proud atheist” (1). Many famous children’s books have been written by authors with. Lewis Carroll supposedly liked to look and take pictures of prepubescent children, but his children’s book, Alice in Wonderland, is one of the most successful children’s book and movie (1). J.K. Rowling is also a very famous author and probably one of the most well renowned authors for teenagers. The Harry Potter Series and she have been accused of supporting witchcraft. But in all of her interviews she has denied this myth (Cline 2). The Harry Potter series has probably been one of the most successful with teenagers, so would it even matter if she was an atheist or believed in witchcraft. These books have...

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