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  • Portland (OR) school board votes to BAN books that question or deny climate change from classroom

    05/22/2016 4:25:13 PM PDT · by matt04 · 42 replies
    School officials in Portland, Oregon, have banned books questioning climate change from the classroom. The city's public school board voted last week that any material saying climate change doesn't exist or that humans are not at fault should be removed. The resolution also directs school staff to develop an implementation plan for 'curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.' The measure was passed even though the Oregon Institute of Science and medicine is circulating a petition which states: 'there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane,...
  • Five booksellers have gone missing in Hong Kong

    01/06/2016 12:59:14 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 6, 2016 | Michael Schaub
    A British citizen has become the latest bookseller to go missing in Hong Kong, CNN reports. Lee Bo, who co-owns a bookstore associated with a publisher of books critical of the Chinese government, disappeared last week. Lee is the fifth bookseller from Causeway Bay Books, associated with the publisher Mighty Current, who have disappeared since October. Lee's wife reported him missing to Hong Kong authorities last week, but she attempted to cancel the report on Monday after one of Lee's colleagues received a fax purportedly from the bookseller. The BBC reports that the letter read in part: "I am very...
  • My Library Has Changed the Title of Coulter's Book to "Offensive" (Update @# 51)

    05/27/2015 10:06:45 AM PDT · by lordpumblechook · 67 replies
    If you search the Loudoun County Public Library website for Ann's book, "!Adios, America!" you come up with NOTHING. No combination of those words will bring you to her book. Search by author brings you to her book, UNDER THE TITLE "OFFENSIVE" Curious, yes?
  • Public school 'purges' Christian authors from library

    09/29/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 27 replies ^ | Sept 27, 2014 | BOB UNRUH
    A charter school in Southern California is facing the threat of a lawsuit for “purging” Christian books from its library. snip ....Brad Dacus told WND that among the books was “The Hiding Place,” the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman sent to a prison camp by the Nazis of World War II for helping Jews escape. Dacus said PJI’s legal team and the district have exchanged letters already. snip Strictly religious books, such as the Bible or the Quran, routinely are on library shelves, he argued. Dacus said an immediate correction of the school’s policy would prevent a...
  • The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

    09/25/2014 12:26:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 63 replies
    io9 ^ | September 25, 2014 | Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders
    It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: These are the Fahrenheit 451 Democrats (Proposal-Repeal Free Speech)

    07/10/2014 9:00:29 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies ^ | July 10, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Mr. Chairman, this is the single most radical and most dangerous proposal introduced in the 113th congress. If this proposal were adopted, it would repeal the free speech protections of the first amendment. The breadth of this proposal is astonishing. It should lead the evening news on every station. It saddens me that 46 democratic senators have signed their name to a constitutional amendment expressly repealing the free speech provisions of the Bill of Rights. Ted Cruz continues....
  • Book burning in America: a tale of Nu Skin

    11/06/2011 1:20:41 PM PST · by JoeA · 19 replies ^ | 11/5/2011 | Joe Alfieri
    There are moments in a person’s life that shake you to your foundation, that cause you to rethink everything you think you know, moments that hit like a two by four upside your head. Just such moment arrived for me late on a Friday afternoon. A friend of mine, let’s call him Adam, since that’s his name, has self-published a book, Formerly Filthy Rich, My Scandalous Life with a Billionaire Cougar. . . . Now his book is at the very least R-rated, and it’s an account of his six year marriage to Nu Skin co-founder Sandie Tillotson. Nu Skin,...
  • Observing Banned Books Week

    09/26/2011 6:02:35 AM PDT · by peabody429 · 11 replies ^ | September 25, 2011
    Sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, and the Association of American Publishers, among others, Banned Books Week will be held from September 24th to October 1st; it celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the importance of the First Amendment.
  • (FLASHBACK) Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of (seized)Bibles Annually (US State Dept 'no comment')

    09/09/2010 1:07:21 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    Independent Saudi News ^ | Friday, 20 May 2005 | Zachary Liben
    SIA NEWS Washington DC - The Saudi government burns and desecrates hundreds of bibles its security forces confiscate after raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately or at border crossings. As a matter of official policy, the government either incinerates or dumps bibles, crosses and other Christian paraphernalia. Hundreds of Christian worshipers are arrested every year by Saudi police in raids on their private gatherings. Bibles, crosses and printed materials are confiscated and later burnt or dumped into trash. Bibles and other Christian paraphernalia found with travelers into the country are confiscated and destroyed. Although considered as holy in Islam and...
  • Banned Books: Catcher in the Rye

    09/09/2010 9:52:57 AM PDT · by usalady · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 9, 2010 | Martha
    J.D. Salinger's novel about the life of a troubled teenager was banned by libraries and schools because of its sexual references, violence and language.
  • Banned Books: Lolita

    09/08/2010 9:23:51 AM PDT · by usalady · 35 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 8, 2010 | Martha
    Vladimir Nabokov's book about the affair between a twelve-year-old girl and a middle-aged man was banned because it was considered pornography
  • Banned Books: Lady Chatterly's Lover

    09/07/2010 2:45:00 PM PDT · by usalady · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 7, 2010 | Martha
    When D.H. Lawrence finished the last and final writing of Lady Chatterly's Lover, he was not surprised to find resistance from literary agents and publishers. Urged to change the text so that could be published as a work of literary merit, he refused to remove the sex and four-letter words that made it objectionable.
  • Banned Books Week September 25-October 2, 2010

    09/06/2010 8:24:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 8 replies
    Suite101 ^ | September 5, 2010 | Martha
    Banned Book Weeks celebrates the freedom to read, the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one's opinion, even if it is unorthodox. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1982, it has become an annual event reminding Americans not to take this democratic freedom for granted.
  • Menifee school panel will review banned dictionary

    01/25/2010 11:51:13 AM PST · by cold666pack · 32 replies · 563+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | 1/24/10 | DUANE W. GANG, DAYNA STRAEHLEY and SARAH BURGE
    The Menifee Union School District is forming a committee to review whether dictionaries containing the definitions for sexual terms should be permanently banned from the district's classrooms, a district official said Friday. The 9,000-student K-8 district this week pulled all copies of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary after an Oak Meadows Elementary School parent complained about a child stumbling across definitions for "oral sex." The decision was made without consultation with the district's school board and has raised concerns among First Amendment experts and some parents. Other parents and Menifee residents, though, have praised the district's decision, saying a collegiate-level dictionary is...
  • Children's writer Philip Pullman ranked second on US banned books list

    09/30/2009 8:35:37 PM PDT · by Saije · 8 replies · 1,068+ views
    London Guardian ^ | 9/30/2009 | Ed Pilkington
    The novelist and children's writer Philip Pullman has been showered with awards that include a CBE, a Carnegie Medal and several honorary professorships. This week he notched up a new distinction: he is ranked second in the top 10 books that people have tried to ban across America. Pullman's fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, has leapt to the top of the target list of would-be censors in the new rankings issued this week by the American Library Association. Several schools across America faced requests from parents to remove the book. One challenge at a school in Winchester, Kentucky was made...
  • Public School Library Propagates Falsehood That Governor Palin Banned Books

    09/29/2009 7:41:10 PM PDT · by ak267 · 12 replies · 928+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 09-29-2009 | ak267
    How ironic it is that when news emerges of Governor Palin's book becoming available prior to its expected date, she shows up in my school's library. No, she didn't show up in person and no, there was no announcement to inform interested students about her book, which reportedly is already number one on the Barnes and Noble list. She showed up in the center of a display highlighting Banned Books Week.
  • Supreme Court to Revisit ‘Hillary’ Documentary

    08/30/2009 10:09:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies · 1,171+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 29, 2009 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will cut short its summer break in early September to hear a new argument in a momentous case that could transform the way political campaigns are conducted. The case, which arises from a minor political documentary called “Hillary: The Movie,” seemed an oddity when it was first argued in March. At issue is whether the court should overrule a 1990 decision, Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which upheld restrictions on corporate spending to support or oppose political candidates. The court’s order calling for re-argument, issued in June, has generated more than 40 friend-of-the-court briefs....
  • Book banned from Brooklyn libraries for depicting Africans as monkeys

    08/22/2009 11:31:45 AM PDT · by past_present · 56 replies · 2,273+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | 8-21-09 | Erin Durkin and Simone Weichselbaum
    Brooklyn's chief librarian has yanked a nearly 80-year-old book from the shelves because it depicts Africans as monkeys. Tintin Au Congo is the only book in the city library system hidden from public view after a reader complained that it was "racially offensive." The popular Belgian children's work - due to be made into a movie by Steven Spielberg - is locked behind a series of hidden doors on the third floor of Brooklyn's central library. "'Tintin au Congo' was relocated," said director Richard Reyes-Gavilan. Library officials across the city said they've debated pulling about 25 books and DVDs from...
  • Ha ha - anti-Obambi book turned backwards in store

    10/22/2008 8:32:33 AM PDT · by GnuHere · 35 replies · 977+ views
    Just bought "The Case Against Barack Obama" at the local Barnes and Noble, through no help from somebody who had turned the display copies backwards so the title could not be seen - not finding the book I wanted on the political book display, I saw a book turned backwards and magically, there it was! Hard to outsmart a Freeper. I did comment to a clerk (sure, he coulda been the one that did it but I would suspect a customer) that, "Someone had taken the liberty of turning these books backwards, but I fixed it." He apologized and said...
  • Gay life books don’t make cut at local[Wasilla] library

    10/17/2008 9:18:14 AM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 2 replies · 583+ views
    Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman ^ | 16 Oct 08 | Michael Rovito
    WASILLA — Wasilla Public Library has decided not to shelve two children’s books dealing with homosexuality donated by a gay activist in California. Michael Petrelis, a 49-year-old from San Francisco, donated the books in September after learning of Gov. Sarah Palin’s question about banning certain books when she was Wasilla’s mayor. In 1996 Palin asked Wasilla’s librarian how she would feel about banning certain books at the library. While no books were banned, Palin’s question started a brief controversy over censorship at the library. Palin reportedly took issue with the book “Pastor, I Am Gay,” by local author and now-retired...
  • Students Protest School Library’s Rejection of Christian Books on Homosexuality

    10/04/2008 4:51:57 PM PDT · by narses · 20 replies · 1,143+ views
    Students Protest School Library’s Rejection of Christian Books on Homosexuality
  • Palin's Book-banning Efforts, Redux (Unbelievable)

    09/11/2008 8:17:02 AM PDT · by pissant · 89 replies · 561+ views
    CBS ^ | 9/11/08 | Steve Wormtongue Benen
    PALIN'S BOOK-BANNING EFFORTS, REDUX.... Here's what we know about Sarah Palin's interest in banning books. Time reported last week that Palin asked the Wasilla librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, about the process for banning library books. Baker was reportedly "aghast" at the question. Soon after taking office, Palin, according to a New York Times report, fired Baker, and news reports from the time indicate that Palin thought Baker hadn't done enough to give her "full support" to the mayor. Palin reversed course on Baker's dismissal after a local outcry, and later said the discussions about banning books were "rhetorical." Yesterday, ABC...
  • Librarians irked colleague sent unverified Palin e-mail

    09/11/2008 7:40:20 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 23 replies · 294+ views
    Librarians irked colleague sent unverified Palin e-mail By LAURA GREEN Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 11, 2008 A Palm Beach County School District library manager set off an e-mail controversy this week when she sent school librarians a list of books Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin allegedly tried to ban as mayor of a small Alaska town. Problem was the list turned out to be a hoax. It included Harry Potter books that weren't yet published when Palin had an exchange with the Wasilla librarian about removing books.
  • Did Palin Try to Ban Books? Librarian Can't Recall

    09/10/2008 3:15:03 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 28 replies · 134+ views
    Did Palin Try to Ban Books? Librarian Can't Recall By BRIAN ROSS, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and ANNA SCHECTER September 10, 2008— The librarian at the center of a 1996 controversy with then-Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin says she can't recall any effort by Palin to ban specific books from the town library. In her first public statement since Palin was named the GOP vice-presidential candidate, Mary Ellen Baker said today, "I simply do not recall a conversation with specific titles," Baker told
  • A Phantom ‘Fascist Streak’ (Sarah Palin and the book ban that wasn’t)

    09/09/2008 6:47:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 172+ views
    National Review ^ | September 09, 2008 | Ben Boychuk
    Sarah Palin’s biography includes such honorifics as hockey mom, moose hunter, town mayor, governor, and now Republican vice-presidential nominee. But Palin’s detractors would like to add another title to that list: Book banner. It’s a surprisingly effective attack — but just another smear. Fact is, Sarah Palin has never advocated censorship. She never railed against “filthy” literature as mayor or as governor. And although Palin is an evangelical Christian, the only real crusade in her career has been against political corruption and self-dealing. Yet far-left bloggers and interest groups, abetted by Palin’s political rivals in Alaska and the press, say...
  • Putting the 'Lie' in 'Library' (Wall St Journal Debunks Palin book banning smear)

    09/09/2008 3:35:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 286+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/09/08 | By JAMES TARANTO
    Sarah Palin seems like a perfectly normal person, but partisans both in and out of the media have been busily trying to depict her as some sort of religious nut. Among other things, Palin's opponents claim that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she was a "book banner"--which is to say, that she sought to have books removed from the local public library. This claim has been debunked--but not before it has spread all over the Internet with the help of some in the mainstream media. The book-banner tale seems to have originated in a widely circulated Aug. 31 email from...
  • Palin asked librarian about removing books(barf alert!)

    09/06/2008 12:09:12 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 39 replies · 537+ views
    Lewiston Sunjournal ^ | Rindi White
    WASILLA, Alaska- Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so. According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn't fully support her and...
  • The bogus Sarah Palin Banned Books List (Michelle Malkin debunks yet another Palin smear)

    09/06/2008 1:36:23 AM PDT · by Stoat · 50 replies · 6,955+ views ^ | September 6, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    The bogus Sarah Palin Banned Books List By Michelle Malkin  •  September 6, 2008 12:01 AM Photoshop: David LundePalin Derangement Syndrome strikes again. This time it’s hysterical librarians and their readers on the Internet disseminating a bogus list of books Gov. Sarah Palin supposedly banned in 1996. Looks like some of these library people failed reading comprehension. Take a look at the list below and you’ll find books Gov. Palin supposedly tried to ban…that hadn’t even been published yet. Example: The Harry Potter books, the first of which wasn’t published until 1998.The smear merchants who continue to circulate the list also...
  • Public Chamber members propose to ban The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Russia

    01/28/2006 12:40:26 AM PST · by jb6 · 4 replies · 329+ views
    Interfax ^ | 27 January 2006
    Moscow, January 27, Interfax - Members of Russia's Public Chamber and human rights activists have proposed that a list be compiled of extremist literature whose dissemination should be formally banned. According to the report of an Interfax correspondent, together with Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, they considered the proposed amendments enhancing the criminal and administrative responsibility for extremist activity at a round-table conference in Moscow. ‘The most productive result of today's discussion was the unity of opinion on the need for a list of extremist literature,’ Genry Reznik, a well-known...
  • Banned Books Week: Smoke screen of hypocrisy

    09/23/2005 3:17:21 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 12 replies · 861+ views
    WND ^ | 9/23/05 | Linda Harvey
    Libraries and schools throughout the country are ready once again to observe Banned Books Week. It's that special time each year when some in the library profession point an accusing finger at parents, especially Christians or conservatives who might dare to question the value or appropriateness of certain materials available to youth. For 25 years since its inception, Banned Books Week has been warning America: "Beware of the ignorance and repression of censors! They will deprive us all of valuable knowledge and freedom." Setting aside any danger that the government might ban valuable materials, which is not happening in any...
  • 'Da Vinci Code' Confiscated in Jordan (For Slandering Christianity)

    05/15/2005 1:16:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 1,430+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | May 10, 2005 | UPI
    AMMAN -- Jordanian authorities reportedly confiscated copies of the controversial bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, for slandering Christianity. Amman's daily Al Ghad said that copies of the book were seized from a publishing house in the Jordanian capital and its owner, Ahmed Abou Tawk, was summoned for interrogation. The paper quoted the president of the state's Publication Department, Ahmed Kodat, as saying that other titles were confiscated in addition to The Da Vinci Code for undermining religions. "This book is largely harmful for Christianity and was banned from many countries, including Lebanon," Kodat said, noting that Christian clerics in Jordan...
  • Bibles banned on playgrounds: Legal group challenges restriction on student activity at recess

    05/12/2005 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Stoat · 29 replies · 1,122+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | May 12, 2005
    BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS Bibles banned on playgrounds Legal group challenges restriction on student activity during recess Posted: May 12, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005     An elemenatary school principal who barred students from reading the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging his actions. In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennesee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on "shaky constitutional ground."   "The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of...
  • Air America hosts telling listeners to move Kerry book!.

    08/23/2004 8:51:51 AM PDT · by LIBERATENJ · 94 replies · 2,985+ views
    They are pathetic. They are telling listeners to go to bookstores and move the book "Unfit for Command" to the fiction section.
  • Media Matters for America Asks Top Booksellers to Review Policies on Selling 'Unfit for Command!

    08/20/2004 10:31:43 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 133 replies · 3,881+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 8/20/04
    Media Matters for America Asks Top Booksellers to Review Policies on Selling 'Unfit for Command'; David Brock Calls AntiKerry Veterans Book 'the Hitler Diaries of this political season' To: National Desk, Political Reporter Contact: Naomi Seligman of Media Matters for America, 202-756-4108 WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On the heels of the August 19, 2004 Washington Post article shining the light that a key allegation in "Unfit for Command" is false, Media Matters for America (MMFA) called on three of the nation's leading booksellers to, at the very least, inform customers about the book's false allegations and lies. David...
  • Kerry campaign call for book to be withdrawn

    08/20/2004 10:50:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 123 replies · 2,992+ views ^ | August 20, 2004
    US Senator John Kerry’s campaign team today called for a book which contains “proven falsehoods” about the presidential candidate’s Vietnam war record to be taken off the shelves. Unfit for Command, written by a former US sailor who served in Vietnam, alleges that Mr Kerry lied to win his war medals. It also claims that the former Swift Boat captain, who hopes to oust George Bush from the White House in November, won a silver star for bravery by actually shooting a lone, fleeing teenage Viet Cong soldier in the back. Mr Kerry yesterday made his first direct attack on...
  • As book lovers celebrate 'Banned Books Week,' Wash. district pulls Twain classic

    09/22/2003 11:22:59 AM PDT · by bedolido · 54 replies · 566+ views
    KING5 ^ | 09/22/03 | Staff
    RENTON, Wash. - Renton schools have temporarily pulled "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from the high school reading list because of complaints from a black family. The district will give teachers extra training before bringing the book back to classrooms. Renton High School Senior Calista Phair says she can't read a book that degrades her and her culture. Renton's curriculum director, Ed Sheppard, says a group of teachers will re-examine Mark Twain's classic and determine how they can teach it in a culturally sensitive manner. Phair's grandmother, Beatrice Clark, says that's not enough. She intends to bring the issue before...