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Why, according to Beatty, did books become outlawed, and firemen ordered to burn them?
Books were causing controversy.
The majority of books were pornographic. Firemen were called upon to burn them to protect the innocence of the children.
Books were not selling and thus, it was a waste of money to publish them. It is left up to interpretation as to why firemen were ordered to burn them.
Books became outlawed because terrorists were using them to recruit young school kids.
Beatty tells Montag that Ben Franklin ordered all books to be burned. It is considered patriotic in Montag's world to burn books.