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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 Nazis 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 isnt 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
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