Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Aren't You Glad We Don't Have a King?
This morning on BBC radio I heard a story about two political cartoonists who were fined heavily for "damaging the prestige of the crown." In a weekly satirical magazine, the cartoonists poked fun at the royal family. I guess portraying them having sexual relations was offensive. While I may not agree with how the satire was portrayed, I am dismayed that censorship has been the result.
We have several books dealing with the issue of censorship, here are two:
Heins, Marjorie. Not in Front of the Children: "Indecency," Censorship and the Innocence of Youth. [303.3 HEI]
Karolides, Nicholas J. 100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. [363.3 KAR]
I am in awe of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights which guarantee freedom of speech. It's a strange time we live in, and a refresher course in the documents that govern us may be in order! At the very least, we should read them every once in a while! Browse our shelves in the 342.73 section.
Posted by KURIOUS KITTY at 11:59 AM