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Harry Potter Literature that children are exposed to often gives them ideas and provokes them to think and draw their own conclusions about things it also provides a necessary escape from reality for them This is why censoring childrens books can be rather destructive to their developing minds If the tools with which kids are given to sharpen their minds are banned then a little part of their education is stolen from them With every theft of knowledge the future is too robbed of possibility and these days books are being pulled off of school shelves faster than ever From 1991 to 1994 the number of formal demands for the removal of books from public and school libraries has increased by more than fifty percent Staples 1 At this rate Americas libraries will soon have devastatingly small childrens sections without any real literary content Without people in our society who can think and react for themselves than things cannot change whether the change is for the best or the worst life would become very repetitive Parents are not alone in the battle against questionable reading material There are many religious groups who make it their personal mission to rid Americas libraries of books they see as damaging One such group is the Christian Coalition and Citizens for Excellence in Education who print lists with intentions of censoring the books on them What is it in childrens books that adults find so threatening Parents often object to strong or degrading words and names or ideas and events that promote satanic anti-Christian and witchcraft themes Although these words and beliefs are something that nobody would want their child partaking in it helps them distinguish right from wrong and shows them the strength that such beliefs and words can hold Surprisingly many of the books that are being banned are also considered classic childrens novels Frequently banned titles include The Catcher in the Rye The
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