Evolution News & Views is holding a Censor of the Year contest, featuring hot ticket contenders and asking you to nominate your own:
In the culture of science, science education and science reporting, a sea change became evident this past year. The idea of censorship, once rejected as a shameful thing or practiced covertly for the same reason, took on a new glow of virtue. With that in mind, Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture announces a new prize to be given out yearly on Darwin Day, February 12: the Censor of the Year Award.
The trend has been noted elsewhere as well. In the United States, it tends to focus on activities to repeal, restrict, or hobble the First Amendment to the Constitution,* but—as Greg Lukianoff points out in Unlearning Liberty—the First Amendment is simply assumed not to apply to university campuses any longer anyway, which explains the presence of a number of contenders on Evolution News & Views’s list:
And again, not just unashamed, but proud. A victory in shutting down a college class, punishing a teacher, thwarting a law intended to protect educators from administrative reprisals, intimidating a publisher into a canceling a book contract, erasing words from the wall of a public museum — such things are not merely done, they are candidly, brazenly bragged about.
Hence the need for a formal recognition of the individual who has been the proudest and most successful censor of the preceding year. Who will it be?
The Center for Science & Culture will be taking nominations for the next couple of weeks, through Wednesday, January 29. We’ll have some suggestions and reflections for you in the meantime, to stimulate your thinking. Contact us with your suggestions by emailing the editor of ENV. We’ll deliberate carefully, and make our announcement on Tuesday, February 4, in ample time to get ready for Darwin Day.
At Evolution News & Views, we’ve devoted articles almost beyond count to documenting censorship. You can consult our archives under the topic heading Academic Freedom. More. (The editor’s e-mail address is linked at the ENV story.)
Readers should feel free to use our comments section to discuss possible entries, as ENV doesn’t usually host comments.
*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.
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