The Bible is among 10 ‘most challenged’ books of 2015


(RNS) What does the Bible have in common with “Fifty Shades of Grey” or one of John Green’s best-selling young adult novels?

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bible made the list of the American Library Association’s 10 most frequently challenged books last year.

The 2015 list was released Monday (April 11) as part of the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report. It includes books that have drawn formal, written complaints from the public because of their content or appropriateness, according to the ALA.

The Bible, which came in at No. 6, was challenged for its “religious viewpoint,” the ALA said.

The Christian Scriptures are a “regular” among the complaints forwarded by public libraries and schools to the ALA, according to James LaRue, director of the association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. But it’s been seven years since the Bible received enough complaints to make the Top 10 list, LaRue said.

“There’s almost a little retaliatory feel to people speaking up against the Bible because they want to go on record as being opposed to Christian opposition to LGBT (issues) or Christian opposition to Islam,” he said.

But there’s “definitely” a growing number of complaints lodged about books for their “religious viewpoints,” according to the director.

Also challenged for the same reason: “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, a picture book about a transgender child based on Jennings’ experience; “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin, which follows transgender or gender-neutral teenagers through their personal acknowledgments of gender identity; “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon, a murder-mystery that drew complaints for “profanity and atheism”; and “Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan” by Jeanette Winter, about a young Afghan girl attending school under the Taliban.

That’s half the challenged list, although the ALA says only 291 of the 5,099 complaints it received between 2000 and 2009 were about religious objections. Books were most likely to be challenged in that time for sexually explicit material, offensive language or being unsuitable for the intended age group.

6 thoughts on “The Bible is among 10 ‘most challenged’ books of 2015

  1. It is interesting to see the changes in books being challenged and the reasons as time goes on. The books are slowly getting worse, bible excluded of course. A gradual indoctrination is taking place to remove God from the lives of the youth ending with challenges to the bible.


    • Yes, honest open dialogues/ discussions no censorship Dom,

      like which bits of the bible do you say didn’t happen?

      Jesus dying on the cross.
      Jesus resurrecting from the dead
      Jesus saying no-one comes to the Father but by me.
      Jesus walking on water.
      Jesus healing the blind
      the Dead being raised at the Earth Quake of the Resurrection.
      the one and only Holy Spirit being poured out as tongues of fire at the day of Pentecost, wherein Peter declared the fulfillment of the Prophet Joel’s precious promise

      No, I don’t expect honesty because Muhammad fathered the taqiyya doctrine.

      purportedly when the Church of the Nativity was invaded by Palestinians they used pages of the bible to wipe their bums. I suppose seeing they used their left hands they were doing this halal?

      the hilarity of the gag is that censorship means nothing when a growing and significant, financed paramilitary contingent of your nominally own population would wipe their arses with our bibles.

      Just got kicked off another blog for politically incorrect/ uncorrected views. Funny really. So many free speech advocates really just want brown shirts and an echo chamber to run in tandem with their star chamber. But, Jesus also said didn’t He, a falling away would happen before He looked pnce more for faith on the face of the Earth/ again.
      So be encouraged, Redemption this flesh is so very very very close.


      • Considering they were guzzling beer, wine and Johnnie Walker scotch that they found in priests’ quarters while they were doing it, did you consider them to be practicing Muslims PG ?

        Instead of contaminating this blog with your hatred why not start your own blog, put your picture on it and you can state what you want.

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  2. I wonder which Bible. There are a few around, such as “Revolution: The Bible for Teen Guys”
    NASB New American Standard Bible (1971; update 1995)
    AMP Amplified Bible (1965)
    ESV English Standard Version (2001)
    RSV Revised Standard Version (1952)
    KJV King James Version (1611; significantly revised 1769)
    NKJV New King James Version (1982)
    HCSB Holman Christian Standard Version (2004)
    NRSV New Revised Standard Version (1989)
    NAB New American Bible (Catholic, 1970, 1986 (NT), 1991 (Psalms)
    NJB New Jerusalem Bible (Catholic, 1986; revision of 1966 Jerusalem Bible)
    NIV New International Version (1984)
    TNIV Today’s New International Version (NT 2001, OT 2005)
    NCV New Century Version
    NLT1 New Living Translation (1st ed. 1996; 2nd ed. 2004)
    NIrV New International reader’s Version
    GNT Good News Translation (also Good News Bible)
    CEV Contemporary English Version
    Living Living Bible (1950). Paraphrase by Ken Taylor. Liberal treatment of ‘blood.’
    Message The Message by Eugene Peterson (1991-2000s)
    Revolution: The Bible for Teen Guys, eds. Brett Harris (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003).

    Revolution is for every guy who wants to live a revolutionary life.
    The NIV Revolution Bible equips you to be a revolutionary—living your faith on the edge, challenging things that need to be challenged, discovering new possibilities, and helping others to discover them as well.
    Like no other Bible you have ever read, NIV Revolution is for today’s teen guy living in a messy world. God knows all about this world—he is the authority when it comes to understanding relationships, communication, sex, parents, popularity, peer pressure, drugs, divorce, and everything else teenagers face. He also knows what makes you tick, loves you more than you can ever imagine, and wants you to experience a life of purpose, responsibility, and impact.
    A revolution of the heart isn’t about how confident, strong, or popular you are. It’s about what God can do in you and through you. He can revolutionize your relationships, your opportunities, and the whole course of your life. He can use you to change the world around you. Are you ready to find out how? Then look inside, and let the revolution begin.
    This Bible strengthens you and hones your spiritual revolutionary edge: “Battlelines” show you how other teen guys deal with relationships, sex, drug abuse, and other real-life issues; “Match-Ups” pit the good guys against the bad guys of the Bible to uncover winning—and losing—approaches to life; “Live the Revolution” notes show you how to change your life and revolutionize your impact on others. And there’s plenty more—enough to help you make a kingdom-difference in the world around you. Fill your hands with Revolution. It will open your eyes, strengthen your courage, and guide you like a compass toward a life worth living.


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