Monthly Archives: January 2009

Why Texas matters: Evolution education in “one of the nation’s biggest buyers of textbooks”

The New York Times reported yesterday on the fight in Texas over science standards. The standards for 20 years have required that science be taught in a way that show the “strengths and weaknesses” of Darwin’s theory of evolution.  The … Continue reading

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Obama, the Arts and Free Expression

The new president is giving every mildly liberal person reason to hope their pet cause might be advaced in the next four years. So what about my pet cause: creative freedom? Things appear optimistic. After all Barack Obama enters office … Continue reading

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USA Patriot Act in the Obama Administration: Continued support for rule that allows access to bookstore, library records

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, under President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder, what you read could still be held against you.  Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act allows federal agents to demand bookstore and library records … Continue reading

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Supreme Court won’t revive Child Online Protection Act

Today, the Supreme Court declared that it won’t revive COPA, the Child Online Protection Act.  Passed in 1998, the bill would “would have barred Web sites from making harmful content available to minors over the Internet.” The March 2007 federal … Continue reading

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Books on the brain

It’s a hot time for book challenges, bans and questions. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: pulled from the high school library, back in the library today. Satanic Verses: Salman Rushdie reflects on attempted censorship by his 20-year … Continue reading

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Inauguration Special: Challenges to the new administration from free speech organizations

The Free Expression Network* has collected commentary and analysis from FEN members on the shifting political landscape and the opportunities and challenges free expression now faces. A diverse group of organizations dealing with free expression weigh in: including the Electronic … Continue reading

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Do Democrats really want to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine?

There’s been much buzz in the conservative blogosphere, talk radio and newspapers about a predicted return of the Fairness Doctrine. A group of Republican Senators have pulled together a bill that “would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating … Continue reading

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