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Keeping Faith Essay Final

Keeping Faith Essay Final

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Published by: Laura Rhynard on Jun 19, 2012
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Laura Rhynard3/8/104
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Banning Books: Freedom vs. Protection
 
Banning books is something that is done for numerous reasons, including religious topics. Forexample, in Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult, a young girl claims to see God, who in her eyes is awoman. America is a country where all have the right to their own beliefs and religions.Different people will interpret literature uniquely according to what they think. Therefore, otherpeople
 — 
especially ones we do not know
 — 
do not have the right to say that we cannot readsomething based on its religious content.Each person has the right to practice whatever religion he or she wants. In Keeping Faith
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as inmany similar books
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it
discusses
spirituality but does not
 force
it upon readers. Prohibiting theuse of certain books according to religious content gives the idea that the views mentioned in thebook are disrespected, therefore conflicting with the freedom of our country. Books withreligious content make readers think and helps them see things from a different perspective,whether they agree with it or not. Not only does removing books in this manner conflict with thefreedom of religion, it is unnecessary because of the diversity of interpretations.Within a population, there are many differing opinions about things such as sacred topics. Oneperson might deem a novel unbearably inaccurate while another finds it surprisingly correct.People, other than the person or organization banning a book, will interpret the book differently,making banning books unfair since it implies negativity associated with a piece of literature. Inthe book Keeping Faith, one man describes how Faith White sees God as her seeing Jesus in hisrobes and mistaking him for a woman; another says she is seeing God in the image of her mother,

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