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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

June 27, 2017
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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

Florida governor Rick Scott yesterday approved legislation that will facilitate challenges to classroom materials, allowing any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” Intellectual freedom advocates are bracing for challenges on multiple topics of public contention, from…

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New TSA Rules May Require Books to be Scanned Separately

June 26, 2017
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New TSA Rules May Require Books to be Scanned Separately

Air travel in the U.S. may be about to get a bit worse for the literate, as the Transportation Security Administration is reportedly testing a new requirement for passengers to remove books and other paper items from their carry-on luggage during security screening. While the TSA says the proposed new policy arises only from scanning…

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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” Wins Supreme Court Case

June 19, 2017
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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” Wins Supreme Court Case

Today, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down portions of the Lanham Act, and supported an Asian-American band’s right to an “offensive” trademark. When the activist Asian-American rock band decided on a name that both affirms their racial identity and reclaims a racist term as a way to challenge stereotypes — The Slants — they likely didn’t expect to end…

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Tell DHS Not to Require Social Media Passwords from Foreign Travelers

April 21, 2017
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Tell DHS Not to Require Social Media Passwords from Foreign Travelers

A coalition of 29 advocacy organizations called Fly Don’t Spy has launched a new online petition urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to reject a proposal requiring refugees, visa holders and other foreign visitors to relinquish information about their social media accounts as a condition for entry to the US. CBLDF last month…

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Judge Hears Arguments Over Removal of Student Painting from Capitol

March 22, 2017
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Judge Hears Arguments Over Removal of Student Painting from Capitol

A federal judge heard arguments this week in a lawsuit over the removal of a painting by a St. Louis teen from the hallway of an office building in the U.S. Capitol complex. The painting by David Pulphus on the theme of police violence hung for several months alongside other student art contest winners from…

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CBLDF Leads Defense of Stuck in the Middle

March 6, 2017
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CBLDF Leads Defense of Stuck in the Middle

CBLDF has taken the lead in defending Ariel Schrag’s Stuck in the Middle, a comics anthology that has been challenged in an Oklahoma school library. Today, we signed a letter from the Kids’ Right to Read Project in support of the book. The letter also addresses concerns over school policy that requires that challenged materials be…

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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of Proposed DHS Password Policy

February 21, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Condemnation of Proposed DHS Password Policy

CBLDF has joined a statement condemning a Department of Homeland Security proposal that would require non-citizens to provide their social media passwords as a condition of entering the United States. The statement warns, “Freedom of expression and press rights, access to information, rights of association, and religious liberty are all put at risk” under the…

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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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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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