"Lord of the Flies" has been banned for profanity, racism, excessive violence, bad language and lurid sex. The novel has sometimes been considered an inappropriate reading assignment.
Critics claim that the novel is derogatory to Christians, women, minorities and the disabled. "Lord of the Flies" has also been banned because the story suggests that men are only a little better than animals. It is number eight on the "banned and challenged classics" list put out by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. The novel was written by William Golding and was published in 1954. It became popular as a reading assignment in schools and universities in the 1960s.