Posts Tagged ‘ controversy ’

Louisiana Mayor Critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

August 24, 2018
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Louisiana Mayor Critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

Lafayette, Louisiana Mayor-President, Joel Robideaux, expressed concern over an upcoming Drag Queen Story Hour at the local public library, going so far as to say he would look into canceling or moving the event. The October event is designed to amuse and engage children from 3-6 while teaching them about inclusion and acceptance. The Drag…

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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

December 30, 2015
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Free Speech Advocates Defend Cartoonist After Ted Cruz Cartoon Controversy

Last week Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes and The Washington Post came under fire for publishing a cartoon depicting Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz in a Santa costume with his two daughters shown as dancing monkeys tethered to a crank music box labeled “Cruz 2016.” Although a majority of the backlash has come from fellow…

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Indian Newspaper Under Legal Fire For Publishing ISIS Cartoon

December 7, 2015
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Marathi Daily

A controversial cartoon printed in the Sunday edition of Indian newspaper Marathi Daily has put the owner, editor, and cartoonist in hot water with the Islamic community. Called “blasphemous” and religiously insensitive, the cartoon accompanied an article entitled “ISIS Money” and depicted the image of a piggybank with Urdu — the national language of Pakistan…

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Salman Rushdie: The World Has “Learned the Wrong Lessons” from Charlie Hebdo

July 29, 2015
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Salman Rushdie

In the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, some people continue to ask if free speech went too far. Award-winning author, Salman Rushdie, on the other hand says that the world has “learned the wrong lessons,” and out of fear we continue to stifle free speech. Last week the editor-in-chief at the Charlie Hebdo,…

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Children’s Books Prompt Calls for Censorship in Florida

July 15, 2015
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LibrarianOfBasra

In order to help diversify the materials to which students have access, Duval County, Florida will be including two books set in the Middle East in the elementary school curriculum as part of the EngageNY program, and the books have some parents concerned. The children’s books in question are The Librarian of Basra and Nasreen’s…

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Between the Lines: NC Library Holds Events for Controversial Kid’s Book

July 6, 2015
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King&King

Last month, Omar Currie, a school teacher at Efland-Creeks Elementary School in Orange County, North Carolina, resigned from his position after backlash in his community over his inclusion of the children’s book King & King in his third grade class. Subsequently, neighboring public libraries, including Chapel Hill Public Library, have seen an increase in the…

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School Decision Does Not Make for a Fairytale Ending for Teacher

June 19, 2015
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King&King

Regrettably, a teacher and vice principal of Efland-Cheeks Elementary School resigned from their positions this week after controversy arose within their community surrounding the teacher’s decision to read a fairy tale about two princes falling in love to his third grade class. The controversy came about when Omar Currie, the teacher who has resigned from…

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Michigan Town Moves “Orgy” Sculpture

May 12, 2015
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After receiving numerous complaints about a city-approved unity sculpture, local officials in the small town of Adrian Michigan have decided to move the piece to a less visible park in an attempt to curb controversy. The sculpture in question is Mark Chatterley’s piece entitled “Blue Human Condition,” which was unveiled in late April at Adrian…

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“Don’t Shoot” Painting Incites Controversy from Police Advocacy Groups in Madison, WI

May 11, 2015
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Don't Shoot Art

The Madison, Wisconsin, Public Library faced backlash recently from police advocacy groups for their display of a controversial painting depicting the image of three riot police pointing their guns at a small, toy-gun wielding African-American child. The piece, entitled “Don’t Shoot,” by artist Mike Lroy is part of a larger collection of pieces displayed in…

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