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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?!

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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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2005-01-28 [Solitiaum]: oh and its not just heppy! woot for debates on a topic worth debating!!

2005-01-28 [NightHawk]: Eh, you have good points, BUT the hristian church has made it clear that they don't like it when two individuals of the same sex love each other. We KNOW it by now, and anyone who doesn't needs to come out of their hole. I'm personally sick of seeing BOTH gay AND anti-gay rallies. Anybody with any sense would just leave the whole subject alone, but for whatever reason, Christianity can't. When people go out of their way to point out the faults ofbothers, that's where they really cross my own line. But that's just me, and as we all know well, personal opinions are useless. But what are YOUR personal takes on this?

2005-01-28 [bluesoulsearcher]: Free speech is free speech. Voltaire's "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it" should be an uncompromised doctrine for any mature society, with the obvious Holmes exception of shouting fire in a crowded theater (with the ironic exception of not in the way Holmes meant it, ha!). The who, what, and why doesn't matter. Either you embrace free speech whole-heartedly, or admit you only apply it when you want to.

2005-01-29 [Hependipherous]: Somone should point out the scripture to these christians who are pointing out the "faults" of others. "Do not try and remove a splinter from your friends eye before you remove the plank in yours." In any case, they still have every right to say these things. I have every right to say some absolutely offensive stuff... as long as it's not harrasment or telling people to do something illegal. No censorship, period. Not a damn bit of it. Not a shred of text blacked out, not a single book banned, not a single word beeped out, not a single nipple covered with a black bar, no censorship period.

2005-01-29 [NightHawk]: What about fire? Can we burn them in protest? *chuckle*

2005-02-01 [bluesoulsearcher]: [Hependipherous] Amen, brother. [NightHawk] I never really understood burning books in protest. If I were the author of the book/material in question, I would be thrilled. A book burned is a book purchased. Unless it's Nazi style where they're just eliminating the material en masse. Of course, it's not really a protest anymore.

2005-02-02 [NightHawk]: XD I didn't mean books, I meant the idiots trying to ban and censor stuff XD

2005-02-02 [NightHawk]: And, while we're at it, let's toss the book-burners into their own fires... wow, I'm evil today... heh...

2005-02-02 [bluesoulsearcher]: works for me

2005-02-03 [NightHawk]: Heehee *high five*

2005-02-07 [Solitiaum]: o_O *burns her mother!*

2005-02-07 [NightHawk]: XD!!!

2005-02-09 [Solitiaum]: Dude she burned Farenhiet...

2005-02-11 [David_1]: censorship is just a gay ass way for the MAN to control our lifes. like what the hell happened to freedom of speech huh,its gay because i dont care what the hell i say if it offends u oh well like i care, what happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave 1 we our not free we cant do what ever we want 2 if we be brave and speak our mind the god damn MAN takes us down

2005-02-15 [Balthizar]: to that,1:no country cna be free aslong as there are humans on earth,end of topic 2: There must be rules,if we were allowed to say what we want...there would be riots..cencorship should only go so in to censor msg's that tell people to take down the government...thats dumb,humans without a sense of government or some one making rules to follow will die...human nature depends on order and law.

2005-02-16 [bluesoulsearcher]: *looks for an anarchist to argue that point*

2005-02-16 [Balthizar]: go ahead,i can argue with them to,they say they want to form of governemtn...state of anarchy is a form of goverment,there hypocrits

2005-02-16 [bluesoulsearcher]: I didn't say I was one, I was just looking to see if one was going to argue with you. I've tried argueing the point that we need goverment for many things, most importantly to protect society from predatory people.

2005-02-16 [Balthizar]: i never said you were,i said go ahead,and left it to be interpreted by whoever it was ready by

2005-02-16 [Solitiaum]: *watches and listens*

2005-02-16 [bluesoulsearcher]: well in that case *waits for an anarchist to show up*

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