I can see the points for each side: those who see the need to censor a given work and protect children in schools, and those who are standing up for the freedom to choose. One of the points made in Karen's post was that what we should really be doing is sitting down with our children to discuss with them the issues addressed in books, and let them decide if they should be reading a particular work. That would solve things, but then again, the child may not know a particular work has certain material in it if it were never challenged or banned in the first place.
"The challenged documents in this list are not brought by people merely expressing a point view; rather, they represent requests to remove materials from schools or libraries, thus restricting access to them by others. Even when the eventual outcome allows the book to stay on the library shelves and even when the person is a lone protester, the censorship attempt is real. Someone has tried to restrict another person's ability to choose. . . . Attempts to censor can lead to voluntary restriction of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy; in these cases, material may not be published at all or may not be purchased by a bookstore, library, or school district."
I suppose the question is, how far do we go to protect our children and what they read? There are websites out there that review books and rate them. That's a good start, but when do you let your child decide on their own? A book I recently read, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian has been banned and challenged all over the place. Let me tell you, I enjoyed this book a lot, and although I think it's definitely meant for a more mature audience, I don't see that it should be removed from library shelves. It deals with things that every young adult audience is going through, and made me think deeply about friendship, racism, and what it means to be human and honest to yourself and others.
How do you feel about banning? Does it solve anything or create more problems? And, more importantly, how would you feel if your work was banned, if that meant you lost sales because libraries and bookstores weren't purchasing your book? Or, maybe it would mean more publicity.