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Rep. Clay Files Lawsuit Over Removal of Student Art Contest Painting

February 24, 2017
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Rep. Clay Files Lawsuit Over Removal of Student Art Contest Painting

Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to protect the First Amendment rights of his constituent David Pulphus, whose painting on the theme of police violence was repeatedly removed from the wall of a U.S. Capitol complex office building by other members of Congress last month. The painting had hung undisturbed…

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Saudi Fans Flock to Kingdom’s First Comic Con

February 23, 2017
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Saudi Fans Flock to Kingdom’s First Comic Con

Saudi fans of comics and all things geek made history last week with the kingdom’s first ever Comic Con. Despite fevered criticism from traditionalists who accused them of “devil worshipping,” men and women alike put on their best cosplay and mingled together in what one anime enthusiast and vendor called “a dream come true.” About…

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Wisconsin Parent Wants The Glass Castle Out of Curriculum

February 22, 2017
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Wisconsin Parent Wants The Glass Castle Out of Curriculum

A parent in Marshfield, Wisconsin has filed a challenge to Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle, saying that high school students “deserve better” than a book he describes as “full of foul language, and explicit and disturbing materials.” In accordance with its challenge policy, the Marshfield School District will form a review committee to read…

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Turkish Publisher Closes Satirical Magazine Over Moses Cartoon

February 20, 2017
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Turkish Publisher Closes Satirical Magazine Over Moses Cartoon

The publisher of the Turkish satirical magazine Gırgır abruptly shut down the publication and laid off all its staff last week in response to a cartoon that irreverently depicted Moses and was deemed offensive to both Jews and Muslims. The magazine’s parent company Sozcu is staunchly secular and well-known for its opposition to President Recep…

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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

February 17, 2017
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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

Some parents in the northern suburbs of Chicago are complaining that an innovative all-day seminar on civil rights at New Trier High School will be “biased, unbalanced, [and] divisive.” Award-winning authors Andrew Aydin and Colson Whitehead are scheduled to speak at the seminar on February 28, but a parent pressure group wants the event cancelled…

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Free Speech Arguments Prevail in Tobinick v. Novella

February 16, 2017
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Free Speech Arguments Prevail in Tobinick v. Novella

Free speech prevailed in a case alleging that any speech published on a website with advertising should be treated as “commercial speech,” a category afforded less First Amendment protection. CBLDF and other members of the Media Coalition filed an amicus brief in the case, Tobinick v. Novella, when it was heard before the 11th Circuit Court…

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Oregon School Board Reconsiders Hasty Ban of Eleanor & Park

February 15, 2017
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Oregon School Board Reconsiders Hasty Ban of Eleanor & Park

After a hasty decision last month to pull Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park from an eighth grade classroom without following challenge procedures, the school board of Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton School District has reconsidered and will allow the book to go through the review process as outlined in policy. Some parents concerned with mentions of sex and…

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CBLDF Joins Opposition to South Dakota Science Education Bill

February 14, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Opposition to South Dakota Science Education Bill

Late last week, CBLDF joined a coalition of free-speech advocates objecting to a bill in the South Dakota legislature that attempts to weaken science education standards in the state by allowing teachers to advance their own views on topics such as evolution and climate change. Proponents of the bill have adopted a specious free-speech argument,…

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

February 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

Virginia’s ‘Beloved bill’ has returned to the commonwealth’s General Assembly for the second year in a row, and CBLDF last week signed on to an opposition letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship. The legislation would require school districts to warn parents about educational materials containing undefined “sexually explicit” content, likely resulting in a chilling…

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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

February 10, 2017
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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

A school district in San Jose, California removed a Black History Month art exhibit from its administrative offices only a few hours after its installation last week, citing complaints from parents who were offended by artist Mark Harris’ mixed-media collages. Although the East Side Union High School District offices have for many years hosted annual…

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