Of course not every book in Germany is allowed to be published, books with strong right-wing extremist and inflammatory content will not be published in Germany. And I'm happy about it because these kinds of books are evil and dangerous and have no place in our society. But the books that people try to ban in our time, for example in the USA, are different. They are often young adult books or classics that have nothing to do with these things.
Even though I'm against book banning books I think that sometimes we should look more closely for which age group a certain book is suitable. I recently read a German translation of a book and on the book is was said that it was ok for children 14 and up. IMO 16 or up would have been more appropriate but that's not what book banning is about. It's not about making sure that teens are ok, it seems to be about power plays, about forcing your way to see the world on others, about fear and it's about prejudices.
Just yesterday my family and I watched the documentary "Jesus Camp" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Camp, btw what happens in this movie is scary!) and people in it said that Harry Potter is bad and evil because of witchcraft. It's so frightening to realize that people really think that way and are willing to do nearly everything to ban a book like Harry Potter. I also know that some classics like "Catcher in the rye" are banned in some places and I just can't understand why. I know all the arguments but can't understand them.
In Germany YA books or classics are not banned and people who would try to get books like Harry Potter banned from school or libraries would be laughed at. So I have some trouble to really understand why books are banned and what is really going on. I don't think that my synapses are connected in the right way to ever truly understand the people who try to ban "normal" books. But I still want to try to understand the whole situation.
So I want to know if books are banned in your country and if they are why? Which books are banned? Who is trying to get books banned, are they successful and what is their motivation?