What is book banning? Prohibiting the use or sale of a book, especially by legal means Before a book can be banned, it must be challenged A challenge is an attempt to restrict or remove materials based on the objections of a person or a group
My opinion: Everyone must make a conscious decision to read a book. Those who do not agree with the subject matter should simply choose not to read it. Parents should have the responsibility of censoring what their children read. This should not affect what any one else reads. As an alternative to banning books, a rating system should be put in place similar to that of movies and video games. This would help parents and readers select appropriate books.
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