Censorship

Censorship

Drive to ban library books with LGBTQ content erupts in Orange City

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:52
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More than 300 people have signed a petition to either ban or label and group materials related to homosexual and transgender content in the Orange City Public Library.

Rev. Sacha Walicord of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church rose before an overflow crowd of more than 100 at the Orange City Public Library Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday and said that LBGTQ books and other library content are “pushing an agenda” that is counter to those in the faith community.

“We won’t roll over,” he said. “We will stand up and we will fight.”

What do protests about Harry Potter books teach us?

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:48
According to scholar Christine Jenkins, people who try to censor texts often hold a set of false assumptions about how reading works. One of those assumptions is that particular literary content (like positive portrayals of witchcraft) will invariably produce particular effects (more witches in real life). Another is that reactions to a particular text are likely to be consistent across readers.

ALA warns Members it is "Concerned" about Trump Administration

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:13
From Central NY News:

Statement from ALA Prez Julie Todaro confirms that she is concerned how core values of free access, intellectual freedom and privacy will fit with the president elect Donald Trump's administration. [aren't we all]

"It is clear many of those values are at odds with messaging or positions taken by the incoming administration."

Will this statement soften the blow of Todaro's statement on November 15?

How Banning Books Marginalizes Children

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 10/05/2016 - 09:21
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When librarians and teachers reject works that may be “emotionally inappropriate” for children (a common reason), they’re adhering to the traditional and mostly prevailing view that children’s literature should avoid controversial topics. It’s understandable that adults want to minimize children’s anxiety, and schools are often under intense social and financial pressure to maintain established standards.

Controversial books added to VA County Schools reading list

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:19
Chesterfield County Schools decided today to leave their summer reading list the way it was, even with the books that some parents were calling inappropriate. Just last month, the school system pulled three books off of their reading list to be reviewed, but based on the recommendation from a committee, the school decided to keep the books on the list.
From Controversial books added to Chesterfield County Schools reading list | WRIC

Curbs on free speech are growing tighter. It is time to speak out

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/04/2016 - 21:35
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Free speech is under attack in three ways. First, repression by governments has increased. Second, a worrying number of non-state actors are enforcing censorship by assassination. Third, the idea has spread that people and groups have a right not to be offended. “Never try to silence views with which you disagree. Answer objectionable speech with more speech. Win the argument without resorting to force.

On the Banning of Looking for Alaska - YouTube

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 08:01
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In which John discusses the American Library Association's recent announcement that his book "Looking for Alaska" was the most challenged book in the U.S. in 2015, responds to those who try to get the book removed from schools and libraries, and discusses the role of teachers and librarians in American life.
From On the Banning of Looking for Alaska - YouTube