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Florida Officials Considered Restricting Speech to Stymie Satanists

May 26, 2015
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Florida Officials Considered Restricting Speech to Stymie Satanists

As Florida governor Rick Scott’s office last year searched for a justification to bar a Satanic holiday display from the capitol building in Tallahassee for the second year in a row, state lawyers proposed blanket restrictions on expression in public buildings, the Tampa Tribune reported Sunday. Ultimately the rule change conceived by lawyers in the…

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Censorship 2014: Manga and Anime Blamed for Crime

January 2, 2015
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Misconceptions and deliberate hyperbole about manga and anime are nothing new, but a CNN segment that aired in June was so impressively wrong that our piece on it was one of the most visited on the site this year. In the deceptively edited video, CNN Tokyo correspondent Will Ripley made every effort to suggest that…

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Censorship 2014: Summer Reading Under Attack

December 31, 2014
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Since most of the challenges and bans that we cover happen in schools, the summers have typically been slow news months for us in past years. So, naturally this year we took notice when challenge after challenge to books that had been assigned as summer reading popped up across the country. Collectively, this new and…

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Florida State Capitol to Host Satanic Holiday Display

December 5, 2014
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After being denied last year, the Satanic Temple this week received permission to erect a holiday display in the rotunda of the Florida State Capitol alongside other religious displays. The scene depicting an angel falling from heaven is exactly the same as the one that state officials last year called “grossly offensive for the holidays,”…

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Florida School District Bedeviled by Satanic Coloring Book

November 4, 2014
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The school district in Orange County, Florida is feeling the heat as it considers whether to allow distribution of a Satanic coloring book and fact sheets in schools. The Satanic Temple submitted the literature after the district allowed a Christian group to distribute Bibles to students earlier this year. Following the first Bible distribution by…

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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

September 11, 2014
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Florida Sheriff Says Soul Eater and Slender Man Directed Teen to Kill

After a Florida teen last week attempted to murder her mother and younger brother by setting the family home on fire, authorities and local media are scrutinizing her preferred reading–namely online Slender Man fic and Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga series Soul Eater. Perhaps unsurprisingly, news outlets have seized upon the perceived connection to a highly sensationalized…

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Pensacola Teacher Will Not Lose Job Over Little Brother

August 25, 2014
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Pensacola Teacher Will Not Lose Job Over Little Brother

The past few months have seen a veritable flurry of challenges to books that were assigned to students as summer reading, but it all kicked off in the first week of June with a Pensacola principal’s unilateral cancellation of a One Book/One School program involving Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother. Although he had previously approved the…

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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case

July 23, 2014
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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case

Well over a month after a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida cancelled a summer reading program rather than allow students to read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, we finally heard this week from that principal’s boss, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. While Thomas admitted that Washington High School Principal Michael Roberts ignored or…

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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

July 2, 2014
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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

Yesterday we told you about the letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship, signed by CBLDF and other anti-censorship organizations, urging Florida’s Pasco County School District to restore Paper Towns by John Green to an eighth grade summer reading list. Now Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning has responded to local and national criticism by claiming…

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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

July 1, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

Following last week’s news that John Green’s Paper Towns was removed from a summer reading list in Pasco County, Florida without due process, CBLDF yesterday joined a coalition calling on the school district to restore the book and to follow its own policies for dealing with challenges to materials. When a parent emailed a Pasco…

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