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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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2004-11-18 [Solitiaum]: Damn straight.

2004-11-18 [BRONZED]: Censorship will get us in the end

2004-11-18 [Solitiaum]: Its Big Brother, I tell you!!

2004-11-18 [Big sexy Dan]: Freedom o' speech i say!!--arr matey!!

2004-11-18 [Solitiaum]: Hehehe...

2004-11-18 [Draconius]: NO MORE CENSORSHIP, NO MORE CENSORSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2004-11-18 [BRONZED]: YEA!!! ROCK ON!!!!

2004-11-25 [Hependipherous]: I'm against censorship in all it's forms. I'm not even sure that American parents today are capable of deciding what their own children can and cannot see. Not to mention that When a fascist government takes control the first thing they do is control the media. They seek to "censor" all information and make sure the people only hear supportive propaganda. I say we have a right to the freedom of information and freedom of speach. DOWN WITH CENSORSHIP!

2004-11-25 [Sunrose]: Hmm I agree, but this wiki is made based on a specific example I have a problem with: Elfwood is Thomas' site and if he doesn't want adult material that's his choice. There are other places to go. It's not like he's telling people they are not allowed to make adult material at all: he just doesn't want that on his site. If I make something and I decide about the rules, does that mean I am censoring others? I think the notion means a lot more than just that.

2004-11-25 [Uncomfortably Numb]: Fuck Censorship !!!!!

2004-11-25 [Sunrose]: oh yes, intelligent answer ^^

2004-11-26 [Solitiaum]: Lol, Sunrose... And for the record, I respect that you have your own views on the subject, these just happen to be mine...

2004-11-26 [Hependipherous]: If this is simply against Thomas' decision to dissallow adult material on EW then no, I don't support that at all. His site, his work, etc... That's not censorship. He allows a lot more in than if somone from a more conservative nation would. I think he's pretty lax. Although there are some issues with the penis. I have a friend who has had images rejected on the simple basis that it was a male nude with an average sized penis. It was a minitaur anyway... you'de think bovine growth hormones would have a say in his... development. But that's the mods... not really Thomas. *shrugs*

2004-11-26 [Hependipherous]: I also think he's a little strict on what cannot be said in writing. A rating system would be nice. You can put ratings on HTML documents that would aid parental controlls. *shrugs* I also don't think swearing is that big of a deal. *shrugs*

2004-11-26 [Sunrose]: But that is all his choice, it doesn't make it censorship. And since this example seems to be the reason for the wiki, I am not signing. I am against censorship though.

2004-11-26 [Hependipherous]: Yep, generally speaking all my dealings with Mods/Thomas have been pleasant. I'm wondering what kind of images Serendipity was trying to upload. If it was a while ago then the rules have been refined and aren't nearly so bad now. Pre-merger the whole high fantasy/scifi bull crap was getting pretty heineous.

2004-11-26 [Solitiaum]: No, this simply isnt just anti thomas... This is BECAUSE of my experience with Thomas, against censorship ingeneral. If that isnt clear, then I will re wrtite my entrance.

2004-11-26 [Hependipherous]: After re-reading it, it appears to be a petition to get Thomas to rethink his rules. If that's not what this is about, it should definatley be clarified.

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