Banning books takes away freedom


Anonymous Patron writes "Marilyn Fontenot is the managing editor of The Kansas City Kansan, Writes banning books because we don't like them takes away everyone else's choices. Taking away someone's choice takes away their freedom. She adds a good quote from Dwight David Eisenhower:

"...and their right to have them at places where they're accessible to others is unquestioned or it's not America,"



The complete Eisenhower quote from ALA's own site:


Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book, as long as any document does not offend our own ideas of decency. That should be the only censorship.

How will we defeat communism unless we know what it is, what it teaches, and why does it have such an appeal for men, why are so many people swearing allegiance to it? It's almost a religion, albeit one of the nether regions.

And we have got to fight it with something better, not try to conceal the thinking of our own people. They are part of America. And even if they think ideas that are contrary to ours, their right to say them, their right to record them, and their right to have them at places where they're accessible to others is unquestioned, or it's not America.

—Dwight David Eisenhower


Italics mine. Interesting she chooses to use a quote about concealing faults to conceal a fault.

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