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Tag Archives: censorship
A pretty disturbing incident of censorship is taking place right now in India. A retired school teacher has been campaigning for the banning of a book, and Penguin is relenting, pulping its remaining copies. You can read the whole sorry … Continue reading
Twitter Blasphemy: 16,000 Facebookers Agree That Hamza Kashgari Should Be Executed for Insulting the Prophet
The number of people who have joined a Facebook page calling for the death of Hamza Kashgari for Twitter blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad has climbed from 8,000 on Thursday to 16,000 this morning (I just checked the page). Yesterday, … Continue reading
The following was recently posted at the Antelope Valley College website, and I thought I’d put it up here as well: Santi Tafarella Talks About the Ultimate Freedom: Uncensored Thinking Recently AVC faculty member Santi Tafarella passed an amazing number. … Continue reading
There are lots of pressures to conformity in the world, but three examples really jumped out at me recently. The first comes in the form of some young scientists, concerned for their career prospects, scattering away from a video camera to avoid … Continue reading
Did Atheist Physicist Lawrence Krauss’s Questioning of a Religious Person Cross a Boundary into Intolerance?
Physicist Lawrence Krauss, in a recent brief essay for Scientific American, recounts what happened to him when he asked, in a public forum, a simple question of a religious man. Krauss wanted to know how the man reconciled his religious views with his scientific … Continue reading
It’s not just tightly wound religious fundamentalists who can get worked up over the hippie counterculture: atheists can ban Bob Dylan too. This was in the Guardian recently: Aged 68 and almost half a century past the zenith of his angry, … Continue reading
In the firing of Bruce Waltke for stating the obvious—that evolution is true—the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, Michael Milton, defends the seminary’s decision by endorsing intellectual hiding and self-censorship. This today at Inside Higher Ed: Asked if this limits … Continue reading
C. Bradlaugh, quoted in Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner’s Penalties Upon Opinion (1934): Laws to punish differences of opinion are as useless as they are monstrous. Differences of opinion on politics are denounced and punished as seditious, on religious topics as blasphemous, … Continue reading
And probably now illegal to perform in Ireland: I think the secular blogs—and I include mine among them—should call for a boycott of Ireland’s tourism industry until its anti-free speech laws are rescinded. I’m in. 20th century journalist, I.F. Stone: [N]o … Continue reading
Electronic books just got more creepy. Earlier in the summer, Amazon.com unceremoniously removed (remotely) “unauthorized” copies of George Orwell’s 1984 from people’s Kindles. Amazon customers had purchased copies of the electronic book through the Amazon store, and they thought that … Continue reading
A “Defamation of Religion” Ban? Philosopher AC Grayling Takes on the PC Speech Police at the United Nations
Today in the Guardian: Facts speak for themselves. Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, 29, a journalist and blogger, has taken his own life in Evin prison in Iran, where he was serving a two-year sentence for “insulting Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei”, … Continue reading
Lest We Forget: In 2004 a Birmingham Theater Closed a Play Written by a WOMAN Because It Offended a Religious Community (the Sikhs)
See the original BBC report on playwright Gurpreet Bhatti’s censorship here, as well as the craven response of a Catholic archbishop (who supported the Sikh clergy in shutting her play down): Mohan Singh, a local Sikh community leader, said: “When … Continue reading
Thou shalt not speak one’s mind directly or use certain words at the UN. And please don’t quote Spinoza. It will upset certain delegations:
Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeni declared a “fatwah” (a death sentence) on the British author Salmon Rushdie (for the publication of his novel, The Satanic Verses). The Guardian has an excellent retrospective article on the whole mad and … Continue reading
Janet Albrechsten’s review of the threats to free speech that occurred in 2008 (primarily triggered pre-emptively by fears of fundamentalist Muslim violence directed at authors and publishers) is sobering reading. Money quote: If large sections of the media – normally … Continue reading
And beauty to her whom beauty seeks.
Censorship for Jesus?: Last Night, Poet Patrick Jones Had His Book Launch Cancelled Due to Bookstore Management Fears of Disruption. Stephen Green, a Christian Protest Organizer, Called the Book Signing Cancellation a Victory “for the Lord”
Patrick Jones, a Welsh poet, had his book signing event at a Waterstone bookstore in Cardiff Hayes cancelled last night due to pressure from a religious group. Money quote from the BBC website: Mr Jones said he was not going to be “beaten down” … Continue reading
“Those of us who teach at Christian colleges write with the knowledge that our books may get us fired.” Christianity Today Reviews Richard Dawkins’ “The Oxford Book of Science Writing” and Brings Up the Delicate Issue of Intellectual Censorship at Evangelical Colleges
Under the ironic and provacative title, “No Science Please: We’re Evangelical,” Christianity Today just gave Richard Dawkins’ new anthology of science writing a POSITIVE review. The review also urged Evangelicals to stay open to the discoveries of science, including those … Continue reading
An Outrageous Blow to Free Speech in Europe: A Turkish Court Bans Richard Dawkins’ Website from Turkey
The Guardian UK reports today that a Turkish court has set a ban on Richard Dawkins’ website. Money quote: A Turkish court has banned internet users from viewing the official Richard Dawkins website after a Muslim creationist claimed its contents … Continue reading