Philip Pullman is apparently delighted that his trilogy is one of the most challenged books of the year in America, with numerous calls having being made to pull His Dark Materials from libraries. He says in the Guardian :The Guardian blog asks would you ban any children's books and points out that Sarah Palin apparently actually once asked how she could go about getting books banned!
Firstly, I had obviously annoyed a lot of censorious people, and secondly, any ban would provoke interested readers to move from the library, where they couldn't get hold of my novel, to the bookshops, where they could.The trilogy was challenged over its religious viewpoint, which Pullman declares :
... the worst reason of the lot ... Religion grants its adherents malign,intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good.