Have you read a banned book today?

KiteRunnerThis week is Banned Book Week, which, according to the American Library Association, “highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.”

Despite freedom of expression being clearly provided for in the Bill of Rights, our country has a glorious history of censorship, book burning, and attempts to squelch books and speech on such inflammatory topics as racism (To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Invisible Man, Beloved, Color Purple), poverty (Grapes of Wrath), sex (The Great Gatsby,), communism (1984), religion that is not strictly Jesus-approved (Lord of the Rings, Satanic Verses, Slaughterhouse Five), and the importance of an education (Barack Obama, September 2009) to name just a few of my favorites. Read more