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"Where They Have Burned Books, In The End They Will Have Burned Human Beings."~ Heinrich Heine(1)

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In this country, it is all to common that we want to filter our thoughts to make them appear more presentable to others. However, banning books is one of the most terrible ways to filter ourselves. In earlirt times, book burning done by the Nazi's in WWII. It was a popular idea that by all concealing faults that humans had, you must first conceal the evidence they ever existed.This isn't a problem that happened only in WWII, it still happens. The most shocking part, is why they are still being challenged and banned in libraries and schools across America."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 peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." (2)The first freedoms guaranteed in this historic document were articulated in the 45 words written by James Madison that we have come to know as the First Amendment.The First Amendment secures that religious minorities shall not be persecuted, the government will not establish a national religion, protesters shall not be silenced, the press has the right to criticize government, and citizens will be given the right to mobilize for social change. As our design for personal freedom and the token of an open society, the First Amendment protects our ideals and actions to pursue personal freedoms.However, Americans forcefully debate the application of the First Amendment when it comes to censorship. Many feel the system is forcing their evolutionary values or lack of values on society. Many even feel that school libraries should censor and ban a lot the literature that passes through the hands of youth. Common notions that run among parents for censorship are the schools and elected officials like the school board should not have the power to violate your God-given, natural and constitutional rights as parents.PABBIS(3), a coalition composed of Virginian School Parents believes challenging books ensures intellectual freedom. By being discriminatory of what children read, you will be aware of what is going on in your child's world and be able to interject and guard your beliefs.I object to this idea on the grounds of freedom of expression. By limiting what your child reads, they will be unaware of the dangers in this world. Being unaware, yourchild may experiment with substances, situations not knowing what could happen. This could result in chemical dependency, pre marital sex, pregnancy.I also object on the grounds that it limits your child's motivation to learn. By limiting a child's reading, you are also limiting imagination, and play which is crucial for a child's development and problem solving skills. By limiting a child's reading, you are limiting their vocabulary, which limits speech and communication. Children may not be able to properly articulate emotion, inhibiting emotional development.In 1859, John Scopes was brought...

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