"What censorship accomplishes, creating an unreal and hypocritical mythology, fomenting an attraction for forbidden fruit, inhibiting the creative minds among us and fostering an illicit trade. Above all, it curtails the right of the individual, be he creator or consumer, to satisfy his intellect and his interest without harm. In our law-rooted society, we are not the keeper of our brother’s morals -- only of his rights."
Judith Crist
(1922- ) US Film Critic
Censorship: For And Against, 1971
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 -- gdgca, windsor, on      
 -- jim k, austin      
Excellent! can some please forward this to Palin - Palin tried to get the Librarian fired because she refused to withdraw certain books from the library - what a hypocrite. Censorship just stifles the imagination and brings about stagnation and mediocrity.
 -- RobertSRQ     
    Let us be respectful of each other and avoid the tendency to drown out the opinions we do not like or want to hear.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    "We are not the keeper of our brother's morals -- only of his rights." I like that one. Palin never banned any books. Here's the link at Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/bannedbooks.asp
    The bogus list of banned books is actually a pretty good list -- half of these were required reading when I was in school.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The distortion of facts creates a distortion of outcomes. Rational people will make rational decisions when presented with all of the facts. Of course, we will always have the irrational among us, who will make up distortions, lies and innuendoes to further their own irrationality if not insanity (e.g. dailykos.com).
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Palin asked the librarian three times if she would remove books that Palin found objectionable. Once in a counsel meeting. Emmons said no under no circumstances. She was later asked to resign or was fired. Emmons fought the issue in public and was later reinstated by Palin.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    I'll accept differences of opinion, so long as these opinions are well founded in reality instead of "wikiality"; otherwise, I find it amusing to put stupidity in its place. I find myself disagreeing with the foundations of many of Robert's comments, but at least he has a semblance of an argument and I can respect his conclusions based on his premise (although, as said, I may disagree with his premise). I don't mind people having a difference of opinion, or even some levels of ignorance. The problem is that ignorance usually has the loudest mouth while usually having the least to say. Truth can explain every facet of life -- when there comes a question that cannot be reasoned or explained in such a way as to cause "predictability", the personal philosophy must be reexamined. Sadly, ideology takes over the pursuit of philosophy as the ignorant yokel finally gives up seeking for truth for the mere endeavor of finding followers. When someone cannot answer the questions posed but seeks to side-skirt the issue at hand, philosophy is dead and ideology reigns supreme. I have posed many, many, many questions on this blog wherein some cannot answer the exact questions posed -- such is a sad case and prime example of ideology. Censorship comes in many forms, and can also be found in the redefining of terms and ideas throughout history.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    It is sad that some come to the end of their ropes by asking but not getting answers to their questions from this site. I would assume that from a normal indivdidual their complaint is simply rhetorical and not real. To assume that this site should supply to them their answers is so preposterous. They might be better off to try wikipedia. In such case why do they not research the question and its answer and tell the rest of us. I for one would be glad to see such research and academic effort. In lieu of one doing their own research I would be glad to do it for a fee. Let me know and we can arrange a research contract if you so desire.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    It seems that Palin has the Libs running for cover. She has driven the last nail in that phony Obamas coffin.
     -- jim k, austin     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Today’s primary theocracy, with its PC censorship, drives the here subject hypothetical/hypocritical mythology (being diametrically opposed / criminally antithetical to the laws of nature and of nature’s God, absolute truth, love, etc.). The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, its mandatory seminaries (government schools), ecclesiastical propagandists (MSM) and collective mentalists (commercial media of all types) are illuminating crucial examples of intellectual (spiritual, & in all ways) harm and devastation through their dogmas and censorship of anything/all else.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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