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April 17, 2014
Judy Blume "My grandson was bewildered when I tried to explain why some adults don’t want their children reading about Harry Potter."
CBC “Alice Munro challenges censorship”
Wendy Crewson “Let Canadian artists be free” http://is.gd/CCcurF
Mette Newth “In western history the very term censorship takes on a whole new meaning with the introduction of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Pope Paul IV ordered the first Index of Prohibited Books in 1559. The Index was issued again 20 times by different popes. The last Index of Prohibited Books was issued as recently as 1948, and then finally abolished in 1966.” (The Long History of Censorship)
The history of Western art, entertainment, philosophy and science has been the history of censorship for the obvious and therefore paradoxical reason that Catholic and Protestant Churches, schools and universities have supported the divine right of kings and until relatively recently Christian monarchs never defended democracy, constitutional rights, free speech, private property and free markets.
PBS “Censorship is one of the primary tools of any repressive regime.”
" ‘Othello’ is a good example of how censorship affected Shakespeare long after his death. Extremely popular in its day, critics later in the seventeenth-century would criticize its mixed-race relationship. It was also frowned upon in the early nineteenth-century by US President John Quincy Adams, who described the relations between Othello and Desdemona as ‘disgusting.’”
George Orwell “There is no use in multiplying examples. The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.”
In Front of Your Nose
Pierre Elliott Trudeau “It must however be recognized that no Constitution, no Charter of Rights and Freedoms, no sharing of powers can be a substitute for the willingness to share the risks and grandeur of the Canadian adventure. Without that collective act of the will, our Constitution would be a dead letter, and our country would wither away.”
Sarah Polley "Any whiff of censorship is chilling for us."
She was born January 8, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario
"Our best known artists in Canadian film and television — David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Anne Wheeler and others — are known for dark and controversial works. Canada is famous for making these kinds of films. In fact, these kinds of films have built our international reputation in cinema.
"It is the job of artists to provoke and challenge. Part of the responsibility of being an artist in society is to create work that will inspire dialogue, suggest that people examine their long-held positions and, yes, occasionally offend in order to do so. I believe it is vital that some artists push the envelope, be provocative and, at times, make us feel a little uncomfortable. These moments of questioning our long held beliefs and moral codes are part of how we sort through the experience of being human. It is the fundamental job of the artist."