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Censorship is a testament to the power of words, and it has a nasty habit of backfiring and creating martyrs. The roll call is impressive... Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Ken Sara Wiwa, Nawal El Sadawi, James Baldwin, Breyton Breytenbach - The names of the writers are usually more recognizable than those of the rulers who tried to silence them.

I as a person oppose censorship based on the sole opinions and/or convictions of any one person or group. I believe that it is the viewer's discretion to censor what they see, or in the case of children, the parents'.
An example, something which drove me to create this petition, is Thomas, the creator of Elfwood. When he made his now popular and world-wide art site, he set in place censorship rules that are based on his Swedish upbringing, not taking into account the fact that there might be other cultures signing up. When one of my works was not accepted due to censure, I stopped uploading. At least DeviantArt allows you to mark if a work is "adult material". While this is not a petition against Thomas or Elfwood in general, the image was not even... Well, here, I'll let you make your own thoughts on the matter...


Another example is when a poem I wrote was not allowed to be published in my college's Writers' Corner. I asked why, and the editor replied that she didn't like it because it was too dark, had cursing, and dealt with suicide as its main theme.

Censorship like this is wrong! It interferes with the rights of free speech and press, per the United States Constitution, yes, but these rights SHOULD be a part of every human's existence. If you agree with my view, sign the petition below. Help censor censorship!!

A nice little quote from Boston Legal...

Shore: "When President Kennedy was shot, when Martin Luther King delivered "I Have A Dream," when we walked on the moon, our lives were shaped by these events, in part because of the news. But on all the other days, they're businesses, looking to compete like anybody else in a competitive market place. They sell product. And even if you're determined to believe that this particular network is some evil empire, looking to spread right-wing propaganda... that still doesn't change the fact that we are in this room today because a principal is shutting down the expression of ideas... simply because he disagrees with the content. If anything needs a champion today, it's the First Amendment. In a recent poll, half of today's high school students thought newspapers should get government approval of stories before publishing them. The First Amendment has become an endangered species. And here we have a high school principal practicing censorship. My, my. We do have a problem."

UPDATE!!'s Fuck of the Month, as well as yahoo chat's x-rated rooms were both pulled because of this:

Tell me, IS THAT FAIR?!

Start petition here:

1.  [Solitiaum]
2.  [Draconius]
3.  [Big sexy Dan]
4.  [kjkjkjkjjk]
5.  [Anonymous Cock]
7.  [Ringbearer]
8.  [jimsmithkka]
9.  [Solitary Rose]
10. [Uncomfortably Numb]
11. [r a n d o MH e r o]
12. [NightHawk]
13. [Malfunction]
14. [Raikcoes]
15. [Whiskers]
16. [theguardsareshit]
17. [Frosty French Fry]
18. [devilishkidd]
20. [Wicked Innocence]
22. [Love like Winter.]
23. [Freyar]
24. [FireGypsy]
25. [Dwemer]
26. [Scorched Sun]
27. [Homewrecker]
28. [madhalf]
29. [The Unrequited Dream] fuck censorship! fuck it!
30.[Coco caca]Everybody has the rigth to express how the want
31. [Miss Vicious.]
32.[Waiting in Vain] an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
33. [rangerstx] i hate censorship
34.[to never return bye yall]
35. [ItsASinToLoveMe]
36. [The Voice of Difference] It would be silly not to be against censorship.

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2005-02-24 [bluesoulsearcher]: I can't remember what the explanation was, but if you go onto NASA's website they should still have somewhere on there.

2005-02-25 [David_1]: i wont deny the holocaust that was real and messed up i have to refrain from cussing about it because i do have jewish ancestory so i am generallynon arguemental about that unless if some one denies it

2005-02-25 [Solitiaum]: *nodnod*

2005-05-08 [R.I.P. And RAY]: Censorship...Sucks... but at least we're all not bitchin about it... I mean right!... No one could be that much of a lazy hippy... to just cry about something... but not do anything...about it...

2005-06-16 [bluesoulsearcher]: This is what censorship results in:

2005-09-15 [wheelsy]: I hate cencorship, you have to be able to say fuck or shit whenever you get hurt

2005-10-25 [X2]: About this elfwood thing, you can't say that usa goverment (and fox) dosen't use censur. Noone say that you must be on elfwood, thats a choise. Of corse its up the owner/creater to make the rules, if you dont like it, why not trying to make one on your own. I dosen't say im supporting censur.

2005-10-26 [Solitiaum]: I did leave Elfwood, and Im not just putting up with shit. Im going to school to learn the more complex programming languages than html, so that I CAN make my own community. And yes, I am WELL aware that the US gov't uses censorship. Look at the new law about pronography! It has forced some sites which are *really* pornography out of business, because they cannot log *every* one who was in *every* shot. (Thank you, King George.)

2005-10-26 [Balthizar]: There is a reason for Censorship.For poem for example, If an Editor decides that it is Too dark and contains too much cursing,then it does. Why?Because this person needs a poem that EVERYONE or MOSTLEY everyone will enjoy. There are more people who will find Pornography offensive then people who wouldnt. That is why it is censored. Whoever has the most support makes the rules.

2005-10-27 [Solitiaum]: And it should not be that way! If you find something offensive, remove YOURSELF from it. Its not our responsibility to cater to your sensibilities.

2005-10-27 [X2]: Solitiaum: SO why dont you make one? "learn the more complex programming languages than html" OMgwtf, elfwood isen't made with html!

2005-10-27 [Solitiaum]: Specifically php, X2

2005-10-28 [X2]: as I said, im with this anti-censur thing, but theres no reson to blam elfwood. Just look at the goverments.

2005-10-28 [Balthizar]: No, its not he Governments fault. Those of us whose country allows us to vote((Im not going to go see if your country does or doesnt))Has the power to decide Censorship.Aslong as there are more people for Censorship, then you do have to cater to us.We make the laws. Majority rule

2005-10-29 [X2]: haha, so its the people now? Censur is offen hide, so main people dosen't know about it. How can they vote about something that they dont know happens? For exemple, when the us goverment was trying to kill Bob Marley, they diden't want people to know...

2005-10-29 [Solitiaum]: Even now the US government is picking and choosing what to tell its citizens.

2005-10-31 [bluesoulsearcher]: What government doesn't?

2005-11-02 [Balthizar]: And who chose the people in teh Government?

2005-11-02 [Solitiaum]: I most certaintly did not. I was in the hospital, birthing my son, and if I *HAD* been able to vote, I would have voted for the most liberal person on the ballet.

2005-11-02 [X2]: "they say that we have freedome, but what is it they give us? Yes, new idiots in a election 4th year...", thin its something like that in English, its "De säger vi har frihet, vad är det då vi får? Jo, nya idioter i ett val var fyärde år"

2005-11-03 [Solitiaum]: Something like that. Are you all following this BS about the war and the indictments?

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