Today marks the first day of Banned Books Week in the United States (and possibly elsewhere). Libraries receive thousands of complaints demanding that books be taken off of the shelves. Often these books are detemined to be offensive to the religious or moral views of certain individuals. Most of us are not aware that our governments are banning books, though every year hundreds are seized by customs and recalled. Even today, many countries excersise complete censorship over the writing that is published and distributed to their public, in order to maintain tight political and religious control. Since books of the fantasy genre are often the targets of censorship, I thought I'd open up the discussion to the good people of TFF. What are your views on censorship? Is it a useful means of controling obscene and offensive literature, or an outright encroachment on our freedom of speech? Are there some instances in which books should be banned, or should censorship be abolished completely? You decide.