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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

August 21, 2014
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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

Last month when a school review committee in Waukesha, Wisconsin unanimously rejected a challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska, the positive outcome was somewhat tempered by the news that two further books had been challenged in the same school district by another parent. But at its meeting this past Wednesday, the Waukesha district’s Consideration…

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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

August 21, 2014
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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

Everyone knows that art is not always pretty or positive. Its purpose often is to comment on the surrounding world, causing viewers to reflect on society and their own preconceived notions. But particularly in the United States it seems, disruptive art that makes its way out of museums and galleries and into the streets frequently…

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New Challenges Expected for The Giver

August 19, 2014
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New Challenges Expected for The Giver

With the recent release of the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 young adult novel The Giver, free speech groups are bracing for a resurgence of challenges to one of the most frequently targeted books of the 1990s. Last week Slate’s Ben Blatt talked to Barbara Jones, the director of the American Library Association’s Office…

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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

August 15, 2014
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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

A Pennsylvania school board, which last month voted to ban Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as a high school summer reading book, has reversed that decision at its subsequent meeting, the National Coalition Against Censorship has learned. As in so many other school districts this summer, the Ringgold school board initially failed to follow its…

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Parents Fume Over Smoking Scarecrow

August 5, 2014
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Parents Fume Over Smoking Scarecrow

First it was Santa Claus, then Bone. Now some parents are calling for the censorship of a new book by British children’s author Julia Donaldson because it shows a scarecrow smoking a cigar. Even though The Scarecrows’ Wedding portrays smoking as a risky behavior (especially for a scarecrow), at least one Amazon reviewer said the…

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Singapore: Northstar’s Wedding Passes Muster Because Another Character Objects

July 31, 2014
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Singapore: Northstar’s Wedding Passes Muster Because Another Character Objects

Everyone knows by now that the wedding of gay Archie character Kevin Keller is too hot for Singapore’s Media Development Authority, which recently banned retailers from importing Archie: The Married Life 3 because it was “not in line with social norms.” But what about the other big same-sex wedding in comics, that of Northstar and…

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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

July 30, 2014
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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

We have another good news/bad news situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a school district review committee last week unanimously rejected a parental challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska. But the challengers plan to appeal that decision to the full school board, and it turns out that two more books, The Kite Runner by Khaled…

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Alabama Speak Challenge Nipped in the Bud

July 29, 2014
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Alabama Speak Challenge Nipped in the Bud

A challenge to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak at a high school in Albertville, Alabama was quickly resolved earlier this month when the principal responded that it was one of many books on a reading list, and individual students or their parents are free to select another if they don’t want to read it. According to…

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Cape Henlopen Board Eliminates Entire Reading List in Dispute Over Cameron Post

July 28, 2014
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Cape Henlopen Board Eliminates Entire Reading List in Dispute Over Cameron Post

In a disheartening turn of events, the Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware last week eliminated an entire summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen amidst confusion over how to handle a challenge to one book. The board had previously raised the ire of both free speech and LGBT advocates by removing emily m.…

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North Carolina Woman Continues Fight to Ban Absolutely True Diary

July 25, 2014
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North Carolina Woman Continues Fight to Ban Absolutely True Diary

Since we last checked in with Brunswick County, North Carolina, where local resident Frances Wood is on a one-woman crusade to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from Cedar Grove Middle School, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that a review committee at the…

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