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Ban on immigration, maybe. Ban on books, no.

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Submitted by g.woodworth (United States), Sep 3, 2007 at 21:25

While I sympathize to a large degree with many of the organizations mentioned, I am extremely leery of any suggestion to ban books or ideas. In fact, I am wholly against it! Someone else, upon gaining power, could just as easily ban whatever I believe in. Banning books is un-American, totalitarian, and must not be allowed. That is a strategy of dictatorships, or of authoritarian countries moving in that direction.

However, this antipathy to censorship does not exclude such a thing as a moratorium on Moslem immigration, which is entirely within reason, and which we as a sovereign country have every right to do. If it appears to be deleterious to our own wellbeing and safety, then we must take steps to do whatever is in our own best interest, without being distracted by what is good for some other country's citizens and their best interests. Our government was elected to represent American citizens, not the world -- something it too often tends to forget.

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