Holy Bible Among Most ‘Challenged’ Books in 2015

May 17, 2016 by

By Penny Starr –

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has posted the 10 most “challenged” books in the United States in 2015 on its website, and coming in at number 6 on that list is the Holy Bible.

“The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country,” the website states. “We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.”

The website notes: “The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.”

The reason or reasons for a book being challenged are listed along with the book. Most objections are because of sexual content, offensive language and/or “unsuited for age grup.”

One reason is given for the Holy Bible being challenged: “Religious viewpoint”

Here are the top 10 most challenged books of 2015:

1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

6. The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

The website notes: “This list is not scientifically compiled. Rather, it is a snapshot of the reports we receive every day. In some cases, we get numerous details about the challenger, the nature of the complaint, the back story, and the current status of the book. And in some cases we get very little. Sometimes we receive information during the challenge event, sometimes many years later. These factors affect the total number of challenged books for any given year and how we inform the public.”

Source: Holy Bible Among Most ‘Challenged’ Books in 2015

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