Posts tagged "censorship"

Screw Judy Blume

“Author Judy  Blume Bloom speaks out against Glen Ellyn book ban”-- Chicago Tribune headline. Once again the words “book ban” are tossed around too easily by the likes of Judy Blume Bloom.  The book in question, Perks of Being a Wallflower had been removed from the school’s library shelf after complaining that it was age inappropriate for eighth... Read more »

The goofy Sarah Palin sculpture reminds me of Harold Washington in women's undies

Conservatives are riled over an ugly sculpture of Sarah Palin, now on exhibit at the Bridgeport Art Center. The sculpture, which has been on tour, features a gapping, yawling mouth in which a pig can be roasted. Conservatives also have been riled about the nude (full frontal) painting of  of Palin in the Old Town Ale... Read more »

A fig leaf for Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a scathing attack on racism and other mores during the years preceding the Civil War. But a publisher’s decision to scrub the words “nigger” and “injun” from the book makes it less scathing and genuine. It makes as much sense as pasting fig leaves on sculptures to cover... Read more »
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Chicago censorship of pro-life sign?

Funny, how some things in Chicago just disappear. Like the former lakefront airport, Meigs Field, bulldozed in a middle-of-the-night blitzkrieg ordered by Mayor Richard Daley. Or a sign posted a few feet outside a North Side abortion clinic, offering women in difficult, unplanned pregnancies a different, life-affirming alternative. Now this wasn’t just a crude, hand-painted... Read more »

NeoCon news and opinions

Because folks defined me a neoconservative before I knew what it was, I might as well make the most of it. Here’s today’s NeoCon News and Opinion briefing:  See if you can find the name of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder in this story. Didn’t think so. The Senate “jobs” bill is much worse, costing $150... Read more »

Stevenson High School Baloney

There have been a lot of remarks about “censorship” of the newspaper published by Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Much of the argumentation supporting the students, who claim to have been censored by the school administration, refers to a U.S. Supreme Court case called Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier. Oddly, both sides cite the case... Read more »
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Stevenson High to j-students: publish or perish

Because I’ve been in the newspaper racket for decades, folks will assume that I’m on the side of the Stevenson High School students who are fighting with the administration over what they can publish in the school newspaper. I’m not. How can I say this with the obligatory amount of sensitivity so I don’t hurt... Read more »

Oak Park is no place for speech that gays don't like

Every time a parent complains about a reading list that requires a child to read a book the Buzz Cafe parent finds objectionable, there’s a hue and cry about censorship. “We should be able to listen to every point of view,” free speech advocates say, and indeed they’re right. (Although it’s a different matter when... Read more »
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