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Free speech
Barbour, Scott, 1963-
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San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

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206 pages ; 24 cm.
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KF4772.Z9 F737 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A collection of 33 previously published essays edited and selected for accessibility to young adult audiences. The contributions explore conflicting sides of free speech debated in the United States. The essays are organized into sections devoted to the topics of whether free speech is threatened by media censorship, book banning, flag burning laws, limits on campaign spending, or hate-speech regulation; whether there should limits to free speech; whether pornography should be censored; and whether government funding for the arts should be restricted. Also included is a list of organizations concerned with the issues debated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. Because the blanket term free speech encompasses so many categories, this Current Controversies volume tackles many issues. Censorship, flag burning, pornography, and funding for the arts are covered from many points of view, giving readers a solid, usually enlightening look at why some individuals and groups become so angered by opposition to their opinions. Like others in the series, the presentation of ideas is balanced, including scholarly essays rich with sound argumentation as well as editorials from both liberal and conservative extremists, whose logic is weak but whose language is vibrant. Initial essays often suggest hopeless polarization, but others shade the arguments, revealing gray areas where mutual ideas and even consensus actually exist. Useful for students investigating particular topics, as well as speech and debate students seeking examples of highly charged writing on issues whose terms and parameters are constantly being redefined. --Roger Leslie

Table of Contents

Carl JensenAlan Charles KorsJamin B. RaskinLamar AlexanderWilliam PowersSteve McKinzieThomas C. GreyRichard ParkerBob SchiffRobert H. Bork and Michael CromartieS.M. HutchensRichard DelgadoC. Delores TuckerMichael EisnerArmstrong WilliamsRobert RiehemannJacob SullumJim D'EntremontFrank MorrissNina George HackerNeil MunroRoxana RobinsonJeffrey J. DouglasAndrew O'HehirJoshua Micah MarshallDavid BoazJohn LeoWilliam Craig RiceMarcia PallyRobert Brustein
Forewordp. 10
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 Is Free Speech Threatened?
Chapter Prefacep. 15
Yes: Free Speech Is Threatened
Censorship Threatens Freedom of the Pressp. 16
Book Banning Threatens Free Speechp. 23
Speech Codes Threaten Free Speech on College Campusesp. 26
A Flag-Burning Amendment Would Threaten Free Speechp. 36
Limits on Campaign Spending Threaten Political Speechp. 42
No: Free Speech Is Not Threatened
Censorship Does Not Threaten Freedom of the Pressp. 51
The Extent of Book Banning Is Exaggeratedp. 55
Regulations on Harassing Speech Do Not Threaten Free Speech on College Campusesp. 58
A Flag-Burning Amendment Would Protect Free Speechp. 65
Limits on Campaign Spending Do Not Threaten Free Speechp. 69
Chapter 2 Should There Be Limits to Free Speech?
Chapter Prefacep. 76
Yes: There Are Limits to Free Speech
Obscenity in Popular Culture Should Be Censoredp. 77
Excluding Offensive Materials from Libraries Is Appropriatep. 80
Racist Speech Should Be Restrictedp. 83
Violent and Pornographic Music Lyrics Should Be Restrictedp. 88
The Media Must Exercise Self-Restraintp. 92
No: Free Speech Should Not Be Limited
Free Speech Should Not Be Limitedp. 96
Children's Access to Library Materials Should Not Be Restrictedp. 99
Racist Speech Should Not Be Restrictedp. 102
Music Lyrics Should Not Be Censoredp. 105
Chapter 3 Should Pornography Be Censored?
Chapter Prefacep. 113
Yes: Pornography Should Be Censored
Pornography Is Not Protected Speechp. 114
Internet Pornography Should Be Restrictedp. 117
Internet Pornography Should Be Barred from Public Librariesp. 125
Filtering Internet Pornography in Libraries Is Not Censorshipp. 130
No: Pornography Should Not Be Censored
Government Should Not Censor Pornographyp. 132
Internet Pornography Should Not Be Censoredp. 136
Libraries Should Not Filter Internet Pornographyp. 139
Internet Filtering Software Threatens Free Speechp. 148
Chapter 4 Should Government Funding of the Arts Be Restricted?
Chapter Prefacep. 157
Yes: Government Funding of the Arts Should Be Restricted
Government Funding of the Arts Should Endp. 158
Government Should Not Fund Obscene Artp. 164
The Arts Will Thrive Without the National Endowment for the Artsp. 167
No: Government Funding of the Arts Should Not Be Restricted
Federal Funding of the Arts Should Not Endp. 176
Decency Restrictions on Arts Funding Threaten Free Speechp. 180
Serious Arts Cannot Survive Without Government Fundingp. 187
Bibliographyp. 192
Organizations to Contactp. 195
Indexp. 198