Two Items from The National Coalition Against Censorship

1) NCAC, Free Speech Groups Criticize M.D. Library’s “Porn” Ban – “The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) united with other freedom of expression organizations again today on behalf of E.L. James’ best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey (Vintage), this time in Harford County, Maryland. In a joint letter (below) issued to the county library’s board, NCAC has arrayed co-signers representing publishers, authors, booksellers and journalists from across the nation to urge Harford County to reconsider the thinking behind its generic ban on “porn,” a subjectively and selectively defined category.”

2) NCAC Unites Orgs in Support of “The Family Book” in Erie, I.L. – “Following the ban of Todd Parr’s The Family Book (Little, Brown and Company) in Erie, Illinois, seven organizations have joined with the Kids’ Right to Read Project to oppose the decision. The Kids Right to Read Project is a joint effort of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), In a letter sent to the Erie School Board, NCAC and other free expression defenders criticized the district’s decision to ban the book and other materials endorsed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In doing so, the letter says, it acquiesced to religiously-motivated complaints by some parents at the expense of the rest of the community.

One Response to “Two Items from The National Coalition Against Censorship”

  1. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries
    June 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I have not yet read the NCAC letter to Harford County, MD. I have read the NCAC’s letter to Brevard County, FL, on the same issue from a few weeks back, and it is substantially false and misleading, and it omits information that was 100% in opposition to what it was saying.

    Thanks, Library Stuff, for bringing this to my attention.

    I did not want to fill your comments with exactly how the NCAC’s legal threats in Brevard County where false and misleading and exactly where the NCAC is coming from, but I am prepared to do so if asked.

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