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emowl
Con (against)
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imabench
Pro (for)
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6 Points

Book Banning in schools and libraries

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/18/2012 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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emowl

Con

Book banning violates the author's right of freedom of speech. Librarians and teachers should not control what a child reads; the parent should. Book banning also has a counter effect, as kids are more enticed to read the 'forbidden fruit.' Famous titles such as the Twilight series, To Kill a Mocking Bird, the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, and the Scarlet Letter, are all very popular books that everyone has heard of, and many have read. Moreover, all of these books are being banned in schools and libraries across the nation.

http://www.mamapop.com...
http://classiclit.about.com...
imabench

Pro

There are certain books that should not be banned, but there are a great many books that should indeed be banned from because of their material. Certain books that should be banned contain a large amount of nudity, swearing, racism, and hatred towards certain types of people or even entire institutions. One example of such a book is "Mein Kampf" (Hitlers Autobiography) goes into extensive detail about the two hatreds of the world (Jews and Communism). Another includes ""The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" which from the title alone suggests why this should be banned from schools.

Parents cant control everything their kids read but schools and libraries can. Books can exist to promote hatred when they should only promote knowledge
Debate Round No. 1
emowl

Con

Literature reflects life, so since there is hatred, racism, and swearing in life, then of course those things are going to be in books. People do no favor to young adults by trying to shelter them from it, because those things are always going to be apart of life. "Mein Kampf" shows readers that there are two sides to every story, even if one side is immoral and wrong. As to "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure," librarians and teacher's wouldn't need to ban the book if they had never bought it for their library in the first place! (Besides, what idiotic teacher or librarian would even think about putting it in their library or classroom in the first place?)
imabench

Pro

I find it funny that the con is so quick to support Hitlers Autobiography even though three seconds later even he denounces why "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" Should certainly not be in libraries.....

There are two sides to every story, but any side that is detailed in a book that is focused almost ENTIRELY on murder, rape, hatred, or discrimination should be banned.

Some books do not deserve to be banned, but there is a great many books that should not be on the shelves of school libraries at all, and even the Con agrees. Book banning may be going over the line at times, but their intentions are good and fair.

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I thank the Con for a quick and easy debate and I thank the voters for reading :D
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by jwesbruce 4 years ago
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But of course if I forget to give Con the 3 points, my vote doesn't matter much. Damnit! haha
Posted by imabench 4 years ago
imabench
For the record the book "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" isnt something i made up, http://www.thesmokinggun.com...

The URL is just so long I couldnt fit it in there with the low character limit....
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Vote Placed by Travniki 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I really didn't see any analysis from Pro to support banning books with obscene content, while con deflected both of the examples Pro brought up
Vote Placed by jwesbruce 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con wasn't conceding pedophiles, the way I see it. Con gave reason, not great reason, but reason why harsh literature is good for libraries. Pro, with BOP, did not state why it was not favorable. Con wins.
Vote Placed by larztheloser 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I don't think con conceded pedophilia books should be banned, but rather argued there was no problem to solve. Pro had BOP to show why nudity, swearing, racism, and hatred should have no place in schools and libraries. No arguments why were presented. Granted there's a low character limit, but at least you can do more than just assert. Neg win.
Vote Placed by seraine 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con basically conceded with the pedophile thing.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con basically conceded in regards to paedophilia books being banned... PRO picked up on this, so vote is reasonable.