High-Speed Internet Is "Un-Islamic," Says A Senior Iranian Ayatollah

Iran's Ministry of Communication recently announced that it will give more mobile providers licenses for high-speed Internet services. But the Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi says authorities should first introduce measures that would prevent access to the "un-Islamic" and "negative features" of the technology. » 10/08/14 9:00am 10/08/14 9:00am

The Thriving Industry That Helps Encourage Book Censorship

We have rating systems for movies, television shows, and video games—so why not rating systems for books? That's the thought behind services that rate books with the aim of helping parents and protecting children. But these services are contributing to censorship in schools—and harming public education in the process. » 10/01/14 12:09pm 10/01/14 12:09pm

Federal Employee Gets Fired After Writing An Article Criticizing Nukes

For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired. What happened? » 8/01/14 12:00pm 8/01/14 12:00pm

Oklahoma news channel "accidentally" cuts Cosmos' mention of evolution

There's not been a lot of discussion of evolution in Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos so far, and yet a very slight reference to it was so upsetting to Fox's Oklahoma City affiliate that they just "happened" to run a promo for the nightly news over the show's sole mention it, as you can see in the above video. » 3/13/14 9:20am 3/13/14 9:20am

Apple wasn't to blame for blocking Saga from iOS devices. Comixology…

Turns out we were all pointing fingers at the wrong party in the banning of Brian K. Vaughan's acclaimed comic Saga from Apple devices. (Including Vaughan himself.) Comixology, which distributes Saga on Android and iOS devices, has come forward and taken responsibility. And fixed the mess. » 4/10/13 11:31am 4/10/13 11:31am

How American delicacy turned Belgium into a dirty word

Because all the Americans I know tend to think that we're in a progressive, modern country, it sometimes surprises us to learn that other nations consider us big ol' prudes. And it's not just France! Our delicate sensibilities have been catered to by the English in a maneuver that gave us one of the better dirty words… » 8/04/12 10:00am 8/04/12 10:00am

Teacher who read from "pornographic" Ender's Game won't face criminal…

Sanity appears to have prevailed in the case of an Aiken, SC teacher who read to his students from three books, including Orson Scott Card's award-winning Ender's Game. A student and his/her mother complained to the school and to the cops that this novel was "pornographic," and the teacher was suspended — and even… » 3/21/12 10:23am 3/21/12 10:23am

Another Update on the Teacher Suspended for Reading from "Pornographic"

We're continuing to dig into the case of the teacher who was placed on administrative leave after a parent and student complained that he read to the class from two books that contained "pornographic" materials — including Ender's Game. (The parent also went to the police, who are investigating. We spoke to the local… » 3/16/12 9:20am 3/16/12 9:20am

The Most Frequently Banned or Challenged Science Fiction and Fantasy…

It's Banned Books Week, and the American Library Association has a list of the most frequently "banned or challenged" books of each year, from 2001 to 2010. And the list is pretty interesting reading — the Harry Potter books were on top of the list in 2001 and 2002, then dropped to number two in 2003, only to vanish… » 9/28/11 6:40am 9/28/11 6:40am