A Microcosm of Censorship

We’ve noticed that the State of Oregon has been a hotbed for censorship incidents lately.  Here’s what’s been happening around the state:

A Portland fifth grader has decided not to perform his act about President Barack Obama in his elementary school’s talent show after the principal forbade him from wearing a mask that depicts Obama during the performance.  The principal called the mask “inappropriate and potentially offensive.”

As we covered earlier this month, the student newspaper at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, OR, may face prior review after parents raised concerns about an article on psychedelic drugs.

As noted on Monday, actor Steve Martin has come to the rescue of a high school production of his play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile.  The production was canceled in La Grande, OR, over concerns about sexual references and “simulated” alcohol consumption in the play.

The Censored Bookshelf, Oregon Edition
Books challenged or banned in Oregon in the past few months:

Update: Oregon Public Broadcasting picked up this story and ran a piece called Think Out Loud: Not at School, complete with interviews with the  those censored, as well as NCAC’s own “First Amendment watchdog”,  Rebecca Zeidel.  Click here to listen.


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