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Two takes on censorship

Responding to complaints by a Muslim creationist that its contents were defamatory and blasphemous, a Turkish court has banned Internet users from viewing Richard Dawkins’ website. Meanwhile, here in North America, Scholastic has pulled all Bratz books from its lineup, the culmination of a campaign by a Boston-based group charging that the series, designed for reluctant readers and based on a popular line of dolls, encouraged precocious sexuality.

While the context for each case is vastly different, both are examples of a small group of people imposing their values on a much larger group. However, one case is portrayed as the victory of a small-minded zealot over freedom of speech (in The Guardian), while the other is the triumph of grassroots activism over crass commercialism (as reported by the National Post).