Books are usually challenged by a certain group or organization to restrict or remove the content. The purpose is to prevent use by others. Common reasons books are banned are because of offensive language, sexually explicit material, homosexuality, violence, religious viewpoints, drugs and nudity.
Some commonly banned books that have been challenged in the past several years, surprisely enough, include:
- Gossip Girl
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Fifty Shades of Grey
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Nickel and Dimed
In the supreme court case, Texas vs. Johnson, Justice William J. Brennan Jr. stated: "If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable."
To celebrate prevention of banned books, please join us on October 1, 2016 at the Somerville Public Library on Highland Avenue for free food and read-a-thon. This event is Co-Sponserd by SCATV and will be filmed live.