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Sponsorship, Not Censorship, is the Real Issue Behind ‘Book Banning’

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Cover art from 'Gender Queer' by Maia Kobabe--the most banned book?

The mounting hysteria over a purported plague of “book banning” stems in part from the common confusion between government sponsorship and government censorship. A refusal to use public resources to promote and distribute a certain work doesn’t amount to its suppression, or represent in any sense a threat to free expression.

Take, for example, a recent piece in the New York Times hailing “The Most Banned Book in the Country”: Gender Queer, a graphic memoir in comic book style. The article fails to mention that efforts to limit public access to the work in question have failed miserably; it remains widely available in every corner of the nation, riding high on bestseller lists at Amazon and Barnes and Noble…Click here to read the full column at NEWSWEEK.com.

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