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J.S. Larochelle

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” 

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."


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David Hume “Here am I who have written on all sorts of subjects calculated to excite hostility, moral, political, and religious, and yet I have no enemies — except, indeed, all the Whigs, all the Tories, and all the Christians.”

Conservapedia "Hume has been criticized by many theists for his atheistic approach, and Charles Darwin declared Hume to have been his central influence, and “Darwin’s bulldog” Thomas Henry Huxley admired him so much that he wrote a book about him called Hume.” 


Conservapedia "Daniel Dennett is a philosophy professor at Tufts University who actively promotes the naturalistic world view through such books as Darwin’s Dangerous Idea.” 


Stephen Colbert "I have tender feelings for Nixon, because everybody has warm feelings about their childhood. Actually, I didn’t like the Watergate trials ‘cause they interrupted The Munsters… Nixon was the last liberal president. He supported women’s rights, the environment, ending the draft, youth involvement, and now he’s the boogeyman? Kerry couldn’t even run on that today.”

Conservapedia "Even though he says he is a Christian, this directly goes against his very liberal points of view." 


Seamus Heaney

Ron Perlman was born April 131950 in New York City, New York

Christopher Hitchens was born April 13, 1949, Portsmouth, England.

He died December 15, 2011, Houston, Texas.

Daniel Dennett

Richard Dawkins

 Sam Harris


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Revised March  31, 2014 

Time Magazine “In 1960, school administrators at a high school in Tulsa, Okla., fired an English teacher for assigning the book to an 11th-grade class.”

Time Magazine “It’s both ironic and fitting that 1984 would join the American Library Association’s list of commonly challenged books given its bleak warning of totalitarian censorship.”

Time Magazine "Aldous Huxley’s 1932 work — about a drugged, dull and mass-produced society of the future — has been challenged for its themes of sexuality, drugs and suicide."

The economic paradox of censoring artists, entertainers, scientists and philosophers is that  

Maud Adams

Christina Ricci

Darren Aronofsky 

Irvine Welsh was born September 271958 in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

On March 31, 1596, when Rene Descartes was born, there was no such idea as ‘evolution by natural selection’ and on March 31 Ewan McGregor

March 311964 

I think, therefore I am.

May 27, 1862 Edinburgh, Scotland.

Elizabeth S. Haldane

Rene Descartes was born March 31, 1596

Hypatia was murdered on March 8, 415 AD in Alexandria, Egypt

Bettany Hughes



Hypatia ”Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth —- often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”

David Hume ”Money is not, properly speaking, one of the subjects of commerce; but only the instrument which men have agreed upon to facilitate the exchange of one commodity for another.”


David Hume was born on May 8, 1711 Edinburgh, Scotland

He died in 1776, which is the year John Constable and Amedeo Avogadro were born.


Hester Lynch Piozzi was born January 27, 1741


In 1859 "On the Origin of Species"  A Tale Of Two Cities

Charles Darwin was born in 1809


Charles Dickens was born in 1812 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, which is also where John Madden and  Christopher Hitchens in 1949, which is the year that George Orwell’s 1984 was published

Margaret Atwood was born November 18, 1939, in Ottawa  


Stephen Hawking was born January 8. 1942


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Natalie Rushman: I’m surprised you can keep your mouth shut.

Lena Headey Kate Winslet

What this means is that because our biology is our literary destiny, male writers have naturally wanted to read stories, theological and otherwise, where men are glorified as heroes and/or saints, which means that men have written stories where either women have not existed or have existed only on the periphery as wives, mistresses to kings, or queens based the divine right of kings to rule with no merit and as serva, which means that John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and the American founding fathers could have probably changed the course of history merely by defending their mothers’ natural rights and by abolishing colonialism and slavery but they did not because they naturally feared that rich, white, Christian men would only follow them if they promised them that they would become rich beyond their dreams based on kidnapping, torture, murder, colonialism, slavery and the subjugation of women, which was not called ‘affirmative action’ because the term was invented by conservatives many years later to humiliate other people for doing what white, Christian men have been doing century after century after century without anyone coining the term ‘political correctness’ to chastise Christians teachers for teaching the status quo which in 1825 when Thomas Henry Huxley was born was that Eve was created from Adam’s rib in the Garden of Eden.           

Taylor Swift

Danny Boyle

What this means is that the Western education system has not work for the obvious and therefore paradoxical reason that instead of teaching students that they have an ethical duty to defend their free speech, their natural right to own things such as books as private property and the truth based on the scientific evidence, Catholic teachers and professors have been forcing their students to believe that    

Viggo Peter Mortensen

Rita Mae Brown

Jon Stewart

What this means is that one of the many paradoxes of capitalism is despite the fact that Catholic priests in free market countries do not practice capitalism because they have no products to sell, they are not ill, hungry, homeless and poverty-stricken for the obvious and therefore paradoxical reason that Catholics provide the Catholic Church with a staggering amount of money in the form of tax-deductible charity donations in order to be able to buy Catholic priests the things they need.   

Two Cheers for Capitalism (1978, politics)

Noam Chomsky

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)


Abraham Maslow

Susan Boyle

What this means is that because our biology is our destiny, we are probably genetically hardwired to judge young women and especially actresses by how they look and sound and by their proportions, nonfiction writers by their social status and ourselves as being right about everything even if we are arguing that the Cathars must be murdered because the are not Catholics.


In other words, if we were free to choose what to think about women’s rights, colonialism and slavery then it would be merely axiomatic that John Adams was opposed to his daughter’s Nabby’s freedom and the freedom of non-whites and people living in poverty because he freely chose to be a bigot and not because his Christian teachers and professors did not understand that by denying people their natural rights to vote in democratic elections they condemned themselves to spend eternity burning in hellfire if Jesus Christ is God.

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February 1, 2014

Censorship is linguistically impossible because we have no scientific method of measuring ideas in order to use words to censor them. It is also economically impossible for the obvious and therefore paradoxical that products such as works of art and entertainment are private property, which means censorship would prevents the free market from determine the economic value of products such as Sarah Polley movies.    

Sarah Polley was born January 8, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rachelle Lefevre was born on February 1, 1979 in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Sarah Polley ”I think ultimately that’s the cost of freedom of expression. We’re all going to see things we don’t like. I see movies that I don’t like. I see things that offend me politically. I see things that offend me morally.”


Suanne Kelman 

"Anne of Green Gables was the first Canadian book most of us read, and it made our own country magical."


George Stroumboulopoulos interviews Jodie Foster


Jodie Foster directed “Little Man Tate” 


Jeanette Winterson


Annabel Lyon


Fundamental Freedoms

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

a) freedom of conscience and religion; 
b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and 
d) freedom of association.


Charles McVety on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos


Simon Doyle “Evangelical lobbyist Charles McVety”


Susan Noakes  ”In depth: Bill C-10 and Canada’s film industry”

"The federal Conservative party; conservative religious leaders including Charles McVety, president of the Canada Family Action Coalition; lobby groups such as Canadians Concerned about Violence in Entertainment and Real Women of Canada." ("Who is in favour of C-10?")


Charles W. Moore (“No censorship at play by feds”)

"Time to pull the subsidy plug and let Canada’s film and broadcast industries sink or swim based on market reality." 


Daniel Dennett ”Well, I want religion to be treated just the way we treat the pharmaceuticals and the oil industry. I’m not against pharmaceutical companies. I am against some of the things they do. But I just want to put religions on the same page with them.”

Christopher Hitchens “Including denying them tax exemption.”





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Paul Cezanne "I still work with difficulty, but I seem to get along. That is the important thing to me. Sensations form the foundation of my work, and they are imperishable, I think. Moreover, I am getting rid of that devil who, as you know, used to stand behind me and forced me at will to “imitate”; he’s not even dangerous any more."

Paul Cezanne (1839–1906) 


Cezanne at the National Gallery of Canada


Rebecca Goldstein was born February 23, 1950


Ellen Page “There are times when I think WWJDD ? (What would Julie Delpy do?)”


Martin Luther King, Jr., John Kenneth Galbraith, Jane Jacobs, Paul Goodman, and Eric Kierans


House of Anansi -  All of Massey Lectures


Philip K. Dick was born December 16, 1928


Ludwig Wittgenstein died the year I was born



Benjamin Franklin "They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."


Craig Unger

"The author or co-author of more than 75 books, LaHaye in 2001 was named the most influential American evangelical leader of the past 25 years by the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals."