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Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The Bill of Rights

In the true spirit of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, here are some quotations on, you got it, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. To top it all off, these quotations are being placed here because of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Enjoy.

"Even to the present day, we so often condemn books that were written to fight the very things we claim to be fighting. Mark Twain's (Samuel Clemens') Huckleberry Finn is so often cited as being racist, when it was written against slavery and racism."

-Jamey Fletcher

"The most common examples of book censorship are in schools and public libraries, and all those examples are most often involving children's literature. Political groups attempt to remove books from library shelves because those books use 'naughty' words, do not have happy endings... or because they have too many rainbows. Rainbows are considered a sign of 'New Age' religiosity. Little Red Riding Hood was the 24th most banned book in the early 90's mostly because she had a bottle of wine in her basket. Many organizations demanded a non-alcohol Little Red. They were successful sometimes in their efforts, by the way."

-Herbert Foerstel

"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."


"Did you ever hear anyone say, 'That work had better be banned because I might read it and it might be very damaging to me'?"

-Joseph Henry Jackson

"I hope people realize that banning the truth, as well as fiction, is proof that ignorance is dangerous to freedom."


"One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present."

-Golda Meir

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."

-John Morley

"I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, and it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean."

-Mark Twain

"I never knew a girl who was ruined by a book. "

-James Walker

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