I am writing a research paper on college and university speech codes and how they hinder intellectual diversity. In my many hours of online research I discovered a wonderful website and the following interesting, though sad and intellectually-painful, annual award that goes to those who, above all others, attempt or succeed in hindering free speech in America. Every year The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression hands out several of these awards. They go to conservatives, liberals, the ignorant, the scholarly; mostly they go to misguided organizations or bureaucracies who are just somehow confused about what the First Amendment really means. Enjoy or shake your head in disgust like I did — get some popcorn, though, and make fun of some silly people.
Mamas need to not only watch out for naked cowboys in their school libraries, but stop taking photos of their kids taking baths because, according to Rep. Lamborn of Colorado those photos are “inappropriate” at best and child pornography at worst. When grandmother Maria Gunnoe traveled to Colorado to report on coal mining bringing a photo of a five-year-old girl bathing in orange water, it was reported that “Based solely on that staffer’s recommendation, Lamborn ordered that the photo be removed from Gunnoe’s presentation.” Even worse, she was questioned by Capitol Police for over an hour along with that censorship.
May we all survive the erosion of Constitutional rights in this country.