Banned Books Week
The American Library Association has a list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000. However, I like The Forbidden Library’s less-complete but amusingly annotated list of Banned and Challenged Books which includes selections covering the entire history of the written word.
Some quotes to put it all into perspective:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. - Constitution of the United States, Bill of Rights, Amendment 1
Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there. -Clare Boothe Luce
First they burn books, then they burn people. – Unknown
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' -Ronald Reagan