Books have been banned for various reasons. For instance, some have been banned for sexual content, uses of slurs, or anything that is “age inappropriate.” In addition to this, books can also be challenged and banned for their political and religious bias, and if they bring up any current social or political issues. It is ironic because most books have been challenged because of their political viewpoint, but books are often challenged in the first place because of politics.
Quite a few of the top recently challenged books were challenged simply because they deal with LGBT characters and related topics. This implies that the books and topics are unsuitable and unsafe for children or others to read simply because they do not agree with one’s political views. Reading novels that deal with LGBT characters and other minorities can also help children get a better idea of the world and how they fit into it. While a parent may not want their child to read a novel because of a theme for any reason, they should not have the right to restrict others from reading that book by banning it.
Banning books also interferes with The First Amendment. In addition to protecting one’s freedom of speech, The First Amendment also protects freedom of religion, which books are often banned for. For instance, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was continuously challenged because people saw its topics and “promotion” of witchcraft and wizardry as sacrilegious.