This is Banned Books Week at the American Library Association.
Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself as I study this issue.
- What is Banned Books Week all about?
Is all censorship equal?
Is all censorship evil?
- Don’t libraries censor every time they choose to purchase one book over another?
- How does the First Amendment relate to parents concerned about the required reading in their children’s schools?
- If parents have the right to control what their child reads, then why is the ALA universally concerned about “challenges”?
- Are there any Christians who have spoken intelligently about censorship?
- Is there a difference between what is appropriate for adults and what is appropriate for children?
My intention this week is to discuss these questions. I also intend to discuss how objectionable elements can be used to teach Christian children discernment. I also intend to discuss why I limit nearly entirely objectionable elements for the literature I give my own preschool children.
Part 1: Banned Books Week
Part 2: Is All Censorship Equal?
Part 3: Is Good Censorship an Oxymoron?
Part 4: More on Good CensorshipPart 5: Censorship, Schools, and Children
Part 5: When Christian Children Should Read Bad Books