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Teacher-initiated book banning controversy in Kent

Someon writes \"A Christian teachers\' group at Russell County High School, just a few miles from where I work, has presented a list of 50 books on witchcraft which they want removed from the RCHS library because it\'s preventing \"God from manifesting His presence at the school\" (which would personally scare the @&#^ out of me, since I\'d take it as an indicator that I was standing squarely on the Hellmouth!)! The school has proposed a board of review to evaulate their collection, which is total BS, since their media specialist has a Rank I (doctoral-level) certification!!!

_Lexington Herald-Leader_ story is Here It was run in the A section of the March 13 edition. \"

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Teacher seeks ban on Guinness books

Bob Cox sent along This One on a teacher who is seeking to have recent editions of the famous world records book removed from a school district\'s elementary libraries.

Photos of women showing off the world\'s most valuable bikini or most expensive bra and panties are inappropriate for young pupils, Banting Elementary School teacher Mel Culver says.

\"It has come to my attention as a teacher at Banting that boys are asking to go to the library for the sole purpose of looking at these pictures. The news of them has spread like wildfire,\" Culver wrote in the complaint she filed with the district on Feb. 19. \"These pictures obviously are not enhancing their education nor are they enhancing the way they look at girls.\"

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The File Room discussed

A story/thread on Slashdot entitled The
Futility of Censorship
is about a project called The File Room by an
artist named Antonio Muntadas, and how it shows (or
doesn\'t show) that the existence of the internet stands to
work against censorship. What The File Room is is an
archive of censored materials from around the world,
making them available to anyone who has (full) access to
the internet.

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New laws to suppress academic research

Troll Boy passed along This One on Laws being introduced in the UK that would give the Government the power to see academic papers before they are published and suppress them. It could also prevent the use of e-mails between foreign colleagues.

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Is it Filtering or Censorship?

An article in The Florida Times-Union discusses the issue of filtering and how it isn\'t related to censorship. According to the article, \"If Internet filters are censorship, then so is the failure of libraries to stock the shelves in the children\'s section with Hustler and Playboy.\" More

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Michael Moore\'s Uncensored Book Release Planned.

Presuming all goes as planned, folks holding their breath for Moore\'s Stupid
book can exhale February 19th.  Michael
Moore
->writes:

\"Word began to leak out about Stupid White Men being \"banned.\"
Articles appeared in Publishers Weekly and Salon.com.
I was trying to remain quiet about [the] whole affair, but once a number
of reporters found out (not from me), and a group of librarians organized
a letter-writing campaign, HarperCollins [owned by Murdoch\'s
NewsCorp],
after weighing all their options (and the potential reaction to those options),
decided finally to release the book AS IS -- unchanged and uncensored,
on Tuesday, February 19th.\"

Earlier articles about
Moore picked up by LISNews.

-Hermit
;-) -> Citations+Updates

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Schools Remove Donated Korans

Michael Nellis writes \"In what appears to be a reprise of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica issue, some 300 copies of the Koran, donated to schools by an Islamic foundation, have been pulled from the library shelves. This 1934 translation includes some footnotes explaining portions of the text, in which the Jewish faith is criticized. This edition is being called anti-semitic.

From the little information I\'ve been able to glean from the article, the reaction might not be censorship, but it sure skirts the edge.

Full LATimes Story \"

From the article:

\"It\'s not an issue of whether the Koran should be available in the library,\" Konantz said. \"It\'s like any other research volume. But these interpretations are certainly in question.\"

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El Bandito redux

Someone passed on this one.Phallus thief says he is a patriot.
The fellow that removed a string of 21 ceramic penises from the Boulder Public Library\'s art museum in November says was acting in a patriotic manner.

People with a higher degree of sanity, however, disagree and have charged Rowan, 49, with second-degree criminal trespassing.

He showed up in court wearing a sweatshirt that said \"Love Our Flag or Leave Our Country\", saying he took the art because it was obscene and inappropriate for visitors, especially children.

See Also:The Legend of El Dildo Bandido

(lyrics)

...to the tune of \"El Paso\"
by Marty Robbins, 1959

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Parent drops challenge to library book

The Bozeman, MT School District has canceled a hearing on whether to remove the library book \"Nathan\'s Run\" from the shelves of Chief Joseph Middle School over its violence and profanity. The mother who raised objections said Friday she wouldn\'t appear to challenge it.

Patricia Ladue, the mother who filed the challenge in December, couldn\'t be reached for comment. Her husband, Richard Ladue, said, \"We have nothing to say. This author has gotten enough free publicity.\" He then hung up.

Full Story

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Oscar Wilde, Censorship and the Moral Art of Living

stuart yeates writes \"
The Philosophers\' Magazine is carrying a story Oscar Wilde, Censorship and the Moral Art of Living which presents an overview of Oscar Wilde\'s trouble with, and philosophy towards, censorship.\"

They say in short, the problem of how and when to legislate for public morality remains as pertinent as it was in Wilde\'s time, and his arguments against censorship highlight for us the relationship between artist and public that is the central concern in censorship debates.

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