6 books you didn’t know were once banned

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRIVIA GENIUS)

 

6 books you didn’t know were once banned

The best books are the ones whose messages and stories stick with us our entire lives. These books become central to our experience, and the manner in which they affect how we understand the world can make them seem essential.

However, the best books are also often the ones that challenge the status quo. And when society’s norms are challenged, society tends to fight back in one way – by trying to eliminate the thing which is challenging it. Here are six of the most influential books of the last century that you didn’t know were once banned.

Where the Wild Things Are

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The whimsical story of the excitable young Max, who is sent to bed with no dinner after a rambunctious evening, Where the Wild Things Are has been loved by children since it was published in the early 1960s. However, the mischievous behavior of its main character and sometimes dark visuals and storytelling elements made it hard for Maurice Sendak to find a publisher.

Once the book was published, it was banned in some areas of the United States, mostly southern states, for being traumatizing for children due to Max’s inability to control his temper and his resultant punishment, as well as supposedly promoting witchcraft with its monstrous characters.

The Diary of Anne Frank

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The tragic (and true) story of an 11-year-old German girl and the trial she and her family endured while hiding from the Nazis during World War II was detailed in The Diary of Anne Frank. This book has helped introduce an entire generation to the horrors of conflict and the inspiration of hope. While the story takes place against a backdrop of unspeakable violence, it was not that violence that led to the book being banned in some parts of the United States.

The uncensored version of Anne Frank’s diary includes a brief passage regarding her thoughts on her changing body. The anatomical nature of these observations were deemed too graphic to be read by children and resulted in a short-lived ban of the book from some schools.

Animal Farm

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George Orwell’s celebrated allegorical tale about farm animals who take over the farm they live on in a communist-style revolution was not only taught in schools across the United States but was even promoted by the CIA. Of course, the greedy pigs who cause the eventual downfall of the farm had real-life inspirations, and as such, the leaders of communist countries such as the USSR and Cuba banned the book from being read in their respective countries.

To Kill A Mockingbird

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Another book taught in schools across the country, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a story that examines racial intolerance and the loss of innocence in a universally praised manner. However, the book was seventh on American Library Association’s 2017 list of the top 1o most challenged books in the United States. The language, meant to reproduce faithfully the dialect of a fractured south, is most often to blame when the book is challenged.

Brave New World

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Aldous Huxley’s cautionary imagining of a London 500 years in the future where books are banned, has, ironically, been banned itself in many countries. Upon its release in 1932, it was banned entirely in Ireland for the antisocial behavior it examined. It was also removed from school libraries in America as recently as the 1980s for supposedly promoting promiscuous sex.

Harry Potter

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These popular books by J.K. Rowling about the adventures of a boy wizard remain some of the best-selling books in history but have been challenged by religious groups from the day they were released in 1997. While most readers and religious organizations interpret the instructions of spells and potions as an analogy for how young people learn and grow in the real world, accusations of witchcraft and Satanism led to the book’s being removed from some school libraries, albeit only for a short time in most cases.

What Real Magic Really Is

What Real Magic Really Is

 

I can only speak about how things are here in the States as the only other country that I have ever visited is Canada and it has been about ten years since I have been there. I hope that other countries are not as goofy and ignorant as the masses here in the States when it comes to the so-called supernatural. If we pay any attention to the type of pictures shows at the movie theaters as well as television programs one would almost have to notice all the supernatural movies that do well. I will admit that my bride and I do like some of these shows also, we like to watch the programs Sleepy Hollow, Forever, Merlin, and Resurrection. We do tend to avoid most of the vampire, werewolf, and Witch type programs, but admittedly not all of them. We here in the States love our Super Heroes who can do super human things. We even tell ourselves there are such things as “good witches” and “good vampires”, we at times are quite foolish you know. Think of the Harry Potter programs and all of the good Witches and Warlocks, and of course all of us gullible “Muggles”. We watched and enjoyed these programs also, but to the weak or young impressionable mind, the seeds are sown.

 

Some Christian Churches tell their congregations that there is no such thing as Witches and Diviners even though the Scriptures are very plain that such people do exist. I do believe that here in America about 99% of the people who say they can see your future, if you have the cash, are just frauds. But, 99% is not 100% is it? Some Churches tell their congregations that there has been no magic abilities since the last Apostle of Christ died about 1,920 or so odd years ago. Doing this they do greatly err, this is saying that both God and Demons do not exist here on our plane, or, not at all. This is ignorance, this is saying that there is no such thing as evil, that all the horrible, mean, and hate filled people throughout the past 2000 years were just mean, not evil. The Devil does his greatest evil in convincing the world that He doesn’t really exist, and that God does not exist either.

 

I am going to finish off this post with this one main point as indeed the whole post comes down to this one issue. There are people who have Demons inside of them and there are people who are truly filled with the Spirit of God just as assuredly as there are Angles of Light and of the Dark. Here is the point friends, if you see a person who does real magic and by this I am not talking about illusionist or tricksters, but real magic, a person needs to understand that this is not a natural human ability. I of my own ability can only do human things, if I do anything that is not common to man, that power, that ability then comes to me or anyone else via either God or Satan. If you or I have the ability to do real magic we do not get or obtain that ability all on our own. So the next time you see a Diviner like a palm reader or you see a magician perform an impossible act, if it is not and illusion, that person gets their inhuman abilities from one of two different places but only from one or the other, the two never ever mix.

What Real Magic Really Is

What Real Magic Really Is

I can only speak about how things are here in the States as the only other country that I have ever visited is Canada and it has been about ten years since I have been there. I hope that other countries are not as goofy and ignorant as the masses here in the States when it comes to the so-called supernatural. If we pay any attention to the type of pictures shows at the movie theaters as well as television programs one would almost have to notice all the supernatural movies that do well. I will admit that my bride and I do like some of these shows also, we like to watch the programs Sleepy Hollow, Forever, Merlin, and Resurrection. We do tend to avoid most of the vampire, werewolf, and Witch type programs, but admittedly not all of them. We here in the States love our Super Heroes who can do super human things. We even tell ourselves there are such things as “good witches” and “good vampires”, we at times are quite foolish you know. Think of the Harry Potter programs and all of the good Witches and Warlocks, and of course all of us gullible “Muggles”. We watched and enjoyed these programs also, but to the weak or young impressionable mind, the seeds are sown.

 

Some Christian Churches tell their congregations that there is no such thing as Witches and Diviners even though the Scriptures are very plain that such people do exist. I do believe that here in America about 99% of the people who say they can see your future, if you have the cash, are just frauds. But, 99% is not 100% is it? Some Churches tell their congregations that there has been no magic abilities since the last Apostle of Christ died about 1,920 or so odd years ago. Doing this they do greatly err, this is saying that both God and Demons do not exist here on our plane, or, not at all. This is ignorance, this is saying that there is no such thing as evil, that all the horrible, mean, and hate filled people throughout the past 2000 years were just mean, not evil. The Devil does his greatest evil in convincing the world that He doesn’t really exist, and that God does not exist either.

 

I am going to finish off this article with this one main point as indeed the whole article comes down to this one issue. There are people who have Demons inside of them and there are people who are truly filled with the Spirit of God just as assuredly as there are Angles of Light and the Dark. Here is the point friends, if you see a person who does real magic and by this I am not talking about illusionist or tricksters, but real magic, a person needs to understand that this is not a natural human ability. I of my own ability can only do human things, if I do anything that is not common to man, that power, that ability then comes to me or anyone else via either God or Satan. If you or I have the ability to do real magic we do not get or obtain that ability all on our own. So the next time you see a Diviner like a palm reader or you see a magician perform an impossible act, if it is not and illusion, that person gets their inhuman abilities from one of two different places but only from one or the other, the two never ever mix.

What Real Magic Really Is

What Real Magic Really Is

 

I can only speak about how things are here in the States as the only other country that I have ever visited is Canada and it has been about ten years since I have been there. I hope that other countries are not as goofy and ignorant as the masses here in the States when it comes to the so-called supernatural. If we pay any attention to the type of pictures shows at the movie theaters as well as television programs one would almost have to notice all the supernatural movies that do well. I will admit that my bride and I do like some of these shows also, we like to watch the programs Sleepy Hollow, Forever, Merlin, and Resurrection. We do tend to avoid most of the vampire, werewolf, and Witch type programs, but admittedly not all of them. We here in the States love our Super Heroes who can do super human things. We even tell ourselves there are such things as “good witches” and “good vampires”, we at times are quite foolish you know. Think of the Harry Potter programs and all of the good Witches and Warlocks, and of course all of us gullible “Muggles”. We watched and enjoyed these programs also, but to the weak or young impressionable mind, the seeds are sown.

 

Some Christian Churches tell their congregations that there is no such thing as Witches and Diviners even though the Scriptures are very plain that such people do exist. I do believe that here in America about 99% of the people who say they can see your future, if you have the cash, are just frauds. But, 99% is not 100% is it? Some Churches tell their congregations that there has been no magic abilities since the last Apostle of Christ died about 1,920 or so odd years ago. Doing this they do greatly err, this is saying that both God and Demons do not exist here on our plane, or, not at all. This is ignorance, this is saying that there is no such thing as evil, that all the horrible, mean, and hate filled people throughout the past 2000 years were just mean, not evil. The Devil does his greatest evil in convincing the world that He doesn’t really exist, and that God does not exist either.

 

I am going to finish off this post with this one main point as indeed the whole post comes down to this one issue. There are people who have Demons inside of them and there are people who are truly filled with the Spirit of God just as assuredly as there are Angles of Light and of the Dark. Here is the point friends, if you see a person who does real magic and by this I am not talking about illusionist or tricksters, but real magic, a person needs to understand that this is not a natural human ability. I of my own ability can only do human things, if I do anything that is not common to man, that power, that ability then comes to me or anyone else via either God or Satan. If you or I have the ability to do real magic we do not get or obtain that ability all on our own. So the next time you see a Diviner like a palm reader or you see a magician perform an impossible act, if it is not and illusion, that person gets their inhuman abilities from one of two different places but only from one or the other, the two never ever mix.