Monthly Archives: July 2009

CDC Report Shows Why Teens Need Comprehensive Sex Ed. Now

Health education that consists of only an abstinence-only message has disturbing consequences. By depriving teenagers of access to information about their health and bodies in schools, it makes them vulnerable to STD/s and unwanted early pregnancies. The problems of censoring … Continue reading

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Why Would Anyone Protest Walter Cronkite?

When I first heard that Fred Phelps, the famous anti-gay activist, planned to protest the funeral of one of the modern heroes of journalism, the late Walter Cronkite, I thought I had missed something in The New York Times obituary.  … Continue reading

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NCAC Files Brief in U.S. v. Stevens, Urging Supreme Court to Reject “Invitation to Censorship”

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed this week in an important Supreme Court free speech case, NCAC, joined by the College Art Association, warned that a law banning depictions of animal cruelty violates the First Amendment right to free speech, and the … Continue reading

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AT&T Blocks (then Unblocks)

This morning NCAC woke up to a mailbox full of hundreds of complaints against AT&T’s blocking access to The mass outrage over AT&T’s action had by that time also reached the company and led to the rapid unblocking of … Continue reading

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Kids’ Right to Read Project talks to Francesca Lia Block

Kids’ Right To Read’s Jamie Chosak interviewed Francesca Lia Block, author of many young adult novels, including Baby Be Bop, which the Milwaukee branch of the Christian Civil Liberties Union is currently calling for the right to publicly burn West … Continue reading

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New Undamaged Copy of “Paint Me Like I Am” back in Landis Intermediate School Library

In May, the Kids’ Right to Read Project reported on the censorship of Jayson Tirado’s poem, “Diary of an Abusive Stepfather”, after Landis Intermediate School principal, Don Kohaut, literally ripped the poem out of the school’s only copy of the … Continue reading

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Parents ready to try banning books again in West Bend, WI; this time with a new library board

The fight continues in Wisconsin where parents are calling to ban (and possibly burn) books from a public library. This time they face a library board friendlier to their cause, now that the four pro-First Amendment members weren’t reinstated. CNN … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as a “safe library”

The phrase “safe libraries” should always raise a red flag. Proponents for “safer libraries” argue that some information is inherently dangerous, but the First Amendment is designed to ward off the suppression of information. In the case of  internet filters … Continue reading

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LA Supervisor Rails Against Opera Festival

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is demanding that Los Angeles Opera overhaul the Ring Festival L.A. planned for next year, calling Richard Wagner a, “Nazi composer.” He is, of course, wrong. The Nazi’s may have used Wagner, but Wagner … Continue reading

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Infographic: Abstinence-Only Education

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