Censorship

Ban the Bible?

Lois Aleta Fundis writes : Here\'s an
article
LISNews might be able to use. The World
Wide Web at work: It was mentioned on FindLaw\'s
newsletter (based in California), and although posted
on a South African news site and forwarded to you from
West Virginia, our story takes place in Munich, where
two lawyers have asked Germany\'s Family Minister to
\"officially class the Bible among books considered
dangerous for children because of its violent
content.\"

This is quite an interesting take on the
bible.

\"The Holy Book contains passages of \"a
gruesomeness difficult to exceed\" which are glorified
as the will of God, the Bavarian lawyers Christian
Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel said in their
submission to the minister on behalf of \"some parents
of minors\".

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Why do censorship halfway?

This editorial from the News Observer, regarding the partial censorship of reading materials in prisions is filled with sarcastic overtones.\"We\'d probably want to clear the shelves of most news magazines. Definitely The N&O and its competitors. And what about all these Harry Potter books that have the kids all jazzed? Must be dangerous. And I hear they are satanical. Oh and the Bill of Rights, that radical ol\' rag. Wouldn\'t want that to make the rounds.\"

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Give me whoopi or give me death

In a follow up to the Whoopi troubles in WI, JS Online has a
OP-ED piece that puts it all
into perspective. He says both sides over
reacted.

\"Society does this kind of thing all the
time. Kids can\'t go into a store and buy Playboy; they
can\'t see an R-rated movie by themselves; they can\'t
browse through the stacks at an adult bookstore.
Computers and cable television have lockout options
that try to keep pornography away from children.

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Find constitutional ways to keep kids safe online

Freedomforum has a nice Story that goes over some legal issues facing us in The US.

\"

First Amendment experts urged a special study committee yesterday not to seek to protect children against Internet pornography by recommending measures that fail to pass constitutional muster.

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ALA Erotica program

Someone sent in this: \"Found this following a link from the American Family Association site. Call to action against ALA.

Librarians Discuss Stocking Erotica \"

From the story

\"Public universities appear to be taking the lead in developing erotica collections, but many community librarians have now been emboldened by the ALA seminar.

To make matters worse, the ALA favors giving children the same access to explicit materials that is afforded adults.

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Goldberg biography will stay on shelf

Story sent in by Bob Cox from
JSOnline on
the Muskego-Norway WI School Board vote on a
Whoopi Goldberg biography containing racial epithets
.

\"In an emotionally charged two-hour hearing
Monday night, parents Richard and Beth Kania and
their supporters delivered impassioned pleas to
School Board members, asking them to remove the
unauthorized biography the Kanias had described as
\"enough to ruin the innocence of any 14-year-old.\"

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Censorship and libraries

The Keene Sentinel ran this editorial about censorship in libraries.\"Well, in Nashua, library officials have installed computer-filtering software to prevent anyone of any age from exposure to materials they deem inappropriate. And that\'s not judgment; it\'s censorship.\"

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Top 100 Banned Books

ALA\'s List of the most banned or challenged books of the 90\'s is out. And the top 5 are...


1. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite


2. Scary Story (Series) by Alvin Schwartz


3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


5. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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Czechs Try to Ban Hitler\'s Book

Book Wire has this article about the forced pulling of Mein Kampf from bookstores in the Czech Republic. Will the libraries be next?\"Bookshops throughout the Czech Republic have been raided by police confiscating copies of a new edition of Mein Kampf that has become one of the best-selling books in the country in a decade.\"

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Rejected Book Gives Library a headache

This is an interesting story from the Toledo Blade. A library rejected a donation of a biography of Martha Sanger (an abortion-rights activist) that it saw to be \"badly written...comes across as a polemic, not a biography\". Four years later, the donator is crying censorship.
\"Ironically, the author of the book, Dr. George Grant, sees nothing wrong with the library\'s decision to not carry his book. \"Institutions are full of agendas. Libraries are run by humans, so they will always reflect a particular bent,\" Dr. Grant said.

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