Censorship

A Lot of Misplaced Passion Surrounds the Anne Frank Diary Fracas

A lot of misplaced passion surrounds the Anne Frank diary fracas
It was the word “pull” that stirred things up so much. That conjures up the word “ban” which really stirs things up. But what has now become abundantly clear, no Anne Frank books ever were removed from Culpeper schools.

P.C. Never Died

From Reason.com:
"In 2007 a student working his way through college was found guilty of racial harassment for reading a book in public. Some of his co-workers had been offended by the book’s cover, which included pictures of men in white robes and peaked hoods along with the tome’s title, Notre Dame vs. the Klan. The student desperately explained that it was an ordinary history book, not a racist tract, and that it in fact celebrated the defeat of the Klan in a 1924 street fight. Nonetheless, the school, without even bothering to hold a hearing, found the student guilty of “openly reading [a] book related to a historically and racially abhorrent subject.”

Read the full story.

(Note: Trust me, it's worth the time. -AndyW)

Huffington Post: Press Freedom

Check out The Huffington Post's Press Freedom Page ("some news so big it needs its own page"), with stories on how schools in Culpeper County VA have decided to stop assigning The Diary of Ann Frank; and several other stories on banned books and censorship.

Dictionaries Pulled from CA School Shelves Due To Graphic Words

No Sex Please! We're Just Kids!:
Perhaps it's not that surprising that a mother in Menifee, California, asked the Menifee Union School District to ban all copies of the 10th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary after her child stumbled across the term "oral sex." What is surprising, indeed horrifying, is that district officials immediately complied with her request, and pulled all dictionaries off classroom shelves throughout the Southern California school district, which serves 9,000 kids, kindergarten through eighth grade.

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Of Ban Of Bible In Show-And-Tell

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Of Ban Of Bible In Show-And-Tell
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a Philadelphia woman who wasn’t allowed to read scripture during a kindergarten show-and-tell even though the Bible is her son’s favorite book.

Google to end China censorship after e-mail breach

Google to end China censorship after e-mail breach
Google Inc. will stop censoring its search results in China and may pull out of the country completely after discovering that computer hackers had tricked human-rights activists into exposing their e-mail accounts to outsiders.

Language in First Amendment Lesson Irks Middle School Parents

The parents told the school board that they were never asked or even told that their children’s librarian was going to write and use profanity as part of a lesson on controversial books.

However, when they heard what happened afterwards, from their 8th grade children In West Linn, OR, the upset parents said they were furious and in disbelief. They said the teacher exposed their kids to more than a dozen curse words (ed: I bet the kids could have taught her a few more).

“There was the “F-word” written on the board. The teacher yelled them at the kids and then asked the kids to yell them back at him," said parent Elizabeth Thiede. She also explained that her child was upset by the display that was apparently carried out as part of a language arts unit at Athey Creek Middle School.

For nearly 10 years, the school has discussed banned and controversial books as part of a successful First Ammendment curriculum. But never before has profanity been used in such a way, school district officials admitted.

NWCN.com has report and video.

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Woman wants sex book banned from Pataskala library

An area woman wants the Pataskala Public Library to toss out a book she considers obscene.

The book in question is Eric Marlowe Garrison's "Mastering Multiple Position Sex," billed on its back cover as a lovemaking guide.

Pataskala resident Marti Shrigley said she saw the book on display while visiting the library and found it offensive. The cover contains seminude pictures of adults, and there are instructive illustrations inside.

"This, to me, is porn, under the guise of a learning manual," Shrigley said.

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MN Library is pressed to take gang force report off Web

Minneapolis Star Tribune:
The legislative library rebuffed demands by police lawyers who argued that the public document should be removed because it names undercover officers.

"It was pretty amazing," said Library Director Robbie LaFleur. "I have been here 20 years, and no one really has questioned these publicly available reports before."

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