professornana (professornana) wrote,
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The end of the week but not the end of the work

It is not only the book that can be challenged as a recent report from Massachusetts proves: http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/in-foxboro-library-exhibit-on-censorship-is-censored/article_6521e5e9-0b43-5ada-9639-e9a402b2aabc.html. A display against censorship is being targeted.

That calls to mind what happened in my own neck of the woods a few years ago. An ultra-conservative group attacked statues at a nearby shopping center. The statue of Venus deMilo was relocated to the back of the center. Photos deemed inappropriate at a local restaurant were the next target. Fortunately, the owners of the restaurant fought back and kept photos in place.

And that is the crux of the matter: if we cave on one request because it is easier, we make it simpler for the next challenge to come along. And so we must stand against censorship in all of its forms. Celebrate the FREADOM to read.
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