Censorship

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

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...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.

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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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Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom

Jim Kuhn writes \"Adopted by unanimous consent by the ALA Council, January 23, 2002:

\"Resolution Reaffirming the Principles of Intellectual Freedom in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks\"

Resolution Site \"

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Challenged book to remain in children\'s library

Shaleen Culbert writes \"In a rather amazing turn of events, the Hudson Public Library board, on a vote of 4-3, decided to allow \"It\'s So Amazing\" by Robie Harris remain in the children\'s library. Having agreed to remove \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\" from the children\'s library in a previous action,it was assumed by those issuing the challenge that \"It\'s So Amazing\" would suffer the same fate. Score one for the right to read!

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Attacks cause feds to yank open records

Showmenews has This One about the US federal government’s decision to remove \"public\" information from the public domain.

\"We don’t do this lightly,\" Swindells said. \"The program is specifically designed to provide public access to these materials. Pulling something runs against the grain of the system.\"

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Sex Ed Book Challenged

Shaleen Culbert writes \"Patron objects to a second children\'s sex education book at Hudson Public Library in Hudson, Wisconsin. The board previous moved another book by the same author(It\'s Perfectly Normal) out of the children\'s library and into the young adult section and purchased an additional copy for the adult section. Read all about it online at the Hudson Star Observer\'s site. The board meets January 14, 2002. This should be interesting.
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Girl, ACLU, Author Fight District Over Banning of Sophie\'s Choice

A California school student, with the help of the ACLU and author, William Styron, may file suit against the student\'s school district for banning the 1979 American Book Award winning novel, \"Sophie\'s Choice.\"
The story depicts the life of a Holocaust survivor. The school pulled the book from the shelves after a parent complained about its sexual content. More

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Fed Court Asked To Revoke Remaining Net Obscenity Provision

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) is trying to force a NY Federal court to overturn the remaining provisions of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) that prohibit Web sites from displaying obscene material on the internet. More

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U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy

Check Out \"The Overseas Libraries Controversy and the Freedom to Read:
U.S. Librarians and Publishers Confront Joseph McCarthy\"
from Libraries and Culture.

\"Abstract: In the early Cold War years, censorship pressures on libraries led in 1948 to the adoption of a strengthened Library Bill of Rights by the American Library Association (ALA). In 1953 pressures intensified when Senator Joseph McCarthy opened an investigation of the United States Department of State\'s Overseas Libraries. This essay explores the response of the ALA and the American Book Publishers Council to McCarthy\'s attacks. Through adoption of The Freedom to Read and the Overseas Libraries Statement, librarians and publishers identified librarians as defenders of intellectual freedom. In addition, they helped to restore balance to book selection for U.S. information services abroad and affected the role of books and libraries in cultural diplomacy.\"

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