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John Stossel Destroys Argument for Taxing Violent Media

June 24, 2013
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John Stossel Destroys Argument for Taxing Violent Media

Last month, Franklin Graham, in a meeting with other religious leaders and Vice President Joe Biden, brought up the idea of taxing violent media including video games. Even though numerous legal experts and anti-censorship organizations have shown that such a curb on free expression would be grossly unconstitutional, Graham apparently has not given up on…

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Pooh and Tigger Scrubbed From Chinese Website

June 19, 2013
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Pooh and Tigger Scrubbed From Chinese Website

In the midst of last week’s summit between the presidents of the U.S. and China, users of Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo noticed an uncanny resemblance between a photo of the two leaders and an image of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (Disney version). A side-by-side comparison was soon winging its way virally…

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ALA Says Video Games Should be Welcome in Libraries

June 13, 2013
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ALA Says Video Games Should be Welcome in Libraries

Over the past several months, video games deemed violent have once again become a favored scapegoat of those looking for a simple explanation for mass shootings perpetrated by young males. But as we’ve noted time and time again, no reputable research has ever been able to conclusively link video games to real-life violence. Some of…

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The Washington Post Forbids Fake F-word in Funnies

June 4, 2013
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The Washington Post Forbids Fake F-word in Funnies

Recently, The Washington Post opted not to print the above Barney & Clyde comic strip due to its very tame pun on a certain four-letter swear word. Creator Gene Weingarten, who also happens to be the Post’s own humor columnist, was more bemused than angry at the editorial decision, noting that the paper has a…

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Egyptian Woman Cartoonist Won’t Be Silenced

May 30, 2013
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Egyptian Woman Cartoonist Won’t Be Silenced

Two years ago, when the Egyptian people joined together to overthrow the government of Hosni Mubarak, women were an important part of the movement. The future looked bright as they anticipated gaining more rights under a new constitution. But since that time, the fragmentation of secular and moderate groups and the dominance of the Muslim…

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CRNI Aids Cartoonists in Danger

May 29, 2013
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CRNI Aids Cartoonists in Danger

Around the world, particularly in developing countries with low literacy rates, political cartoons serve an important function in public debate. But too often, cartoonists who defy secular or religious authorities face intimidation, arrest, violent attacks, and even death. Cartoonists Rights Network International, a nonprofit organization that aids cartoonists in danger, was co-founded in 1992 by…

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School Counselor Who Defended The Family Book Named GLSEN Educator of the Year

May 24, 2013
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School Counselor Who Defended The Family Book Named GLSEN Educator of the Year

Last year, the school board in Erie, Illinois, voted to remove Todd Parr’s The Family Book and other GLBT-friendly resources from the curriculum despite a review committee’s recommendation that they be conserved. CBLDF joined with several other anti-censorship organizations in sending a letter of protest to Erie Superintendent Brad Cox and the board. Meanwhile, Erie…

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A Tax on Violence? Not So Fast

May 21, 2013
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A Tax on Violence? Not So Fast

In a meeting with religious leaders last week, Vice President Joe Biden stated that there is “no legal reason” that the government couldn’t impose extra taxes on entertainment media that depict violence such as movies and video games. Actually, there is a very good reason violent media can’t be taxed: the First Amendment. In a…

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Pulled from Illinois Junior High School

May 16, 2013
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Pulled from Illinois Junior High School

One of the most frequently banned and challenged books of the past decade has once again been pulled from public school classrooms after one set of parents objected to its content. Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which has met with critical acclaim and great success among teen readers and was made into…

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How Comics Conquered Libraries

May 9, 2013
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How Comics Conquered Libraries

Not so very long ago, comic books in libraries were exceedingly rare. Even those libraries that did carry comics often relegated them to the children’s department, with little attention given to building a diverse, quality collection. But over the past 20 years or so, patron demand for manga and the critical success of graphic novels…

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