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Bookmans actively fights censorship and promotes freedom of expression at every opportunity. We believe people have the right to read, view, and listen to what they want. The question is not whether we should sell something but whether we can sell something.
Although Bookmans supports freedom of expression every day, each September we put the fight against censorship front and center with our annual Fight Censorship campaign. Our goal? To raise awareness and provide information about the dangers of censorship and its threat to your freedoms. Through creative visual merchandising, we encourage customers to learn more about books that have been banned and other media that has been censored. Our goal is to increase overall awareness to the dangers of censorship and the importance of the First Amendment.
It is no one's right but your own to determine what you, or your children, can read, watch, play, and listen to.
We've long celebrated the American Library Association's Banned Books Week with in-store displays and events, but books are not the only material subject to censorship. The effort to suppress comes from all sides, whether it's controversial music lyrics, violence in video games, or sex in movies - just to name a few. Censors justify their motives by deeming what is morally, politically, and spiritually acceptable for the rest of us. Banning and censoring controversial material is never the answer; honest, open dialogue about that material is.
Censorship is about subtleties. It's about limiting your options and access to information and ideas; it's about treading on your right to think, judge, and decide for yourself. Censorship takes choice from your hands. Fight Censorship is the time to remember that the ideas we love and the ideas we hate are all equal. Bookmans believes it is our duty to protect those ideas and to be a bastion of the First Amendment. We owe our customers the ability to access the books, movies, music, and video games they want, free of judgment or difficulty.
If we, as a media store, can't defend your freedom of choice, who will? Each September we invite your to read, listen, watch, play, think, and decide for yourself - and to FIGHT CENSORSHIP.
Bookmans is a proud member of the American Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.