Ban Censorship!!

19 01 2012

– This is the poem I had on my blackout page yesterday.  I decided to post it again for those of you who may have missed it and also because the protest may be over, but the bill is still in existence and that is unacceptable.  My poem is applicable to this bill, but also to all other forms of censorship. As an avid reader, the banning of books has always been something that is especially wrong to me.

I was planning on choosing one quote as a representative for my feelings on censorship, but I could not choose, and here they all are:

“You can cage the singer but not the song.”  ~Harry Belafonte, in International Herald Tribune, 3 October 1988
“The paper burns, but the words fly away”.  ~Akiba ben Joseph

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”

― Mark Twain

“When you ban a book you ban an idea, and that’s communism.”

– Andrea Z. 🙂

Hold back the curtain

Don’t let the wretched thing fall

Come to freedom’s SOS call

Ideas are truth and they are free

How dare they hide them so the people can’t see

Writer’s, join your hands

Preserve the freedom of this land

We are the backbone

Of every revolution

We are the first ember

Of a raging fire

Sing with this written choir

Raise our standard ever-higher

Quills raised and held in an iron-tight grip

Ban the despot that is censorship

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19 responses

19 01 2012
willowdot21

Brilliant, perfect and true!

19 01 2012
catcherofstars

Now I just need some visually creative soul to come up with the standard……
Andrea

19 01 2012
El Guapo

This is how the revolution begins.

Ok, my line above is a bit pretentious, but the poem rocks, as does the sentiment.

19 01 2012
catcherofstars

Thank you, and your line is true. It’s the small contributions of the masses that in history has continually made the difference.
Andrea

19 01 2012
lscotthoughts

Awesome, Andrea, thanks for expressing feelings many of us agree on~

19 01 2012
catcherofstars

As writers, I would be concerned if we didn’t lol
Gosh I hope that bill doesn’t pass
Andrea

20 01 2012
The Emu

Well written my friend , you are correct in identifying the fact that when the written word is banned then ideas and progress never flourish
Emu aka Ian

20 01 2012
catcherofstars

People underestimate it’s power
Andrea

20 01 2012
bardessdmdenton

Your poem’s last line should go on the standard: ‘Ban the despot that is censorship.’ Censorship is not objective…it comes out of the subjectivity of personal ambition and greed and fear. It is a desperate act of taking control, exerting power, manipulation.

Writing, music, art–creative, humanitarian and even political endeavors and thinking–are catalysts for change that shouldn’t be silenced. And usually won’t be.

Everything has potential for good and bad (which goes back to personal responsibility).

Censorship—or the threat of it—so often has the opposite effect. As has been seen in this protest…even if it seems to gain victory it is already defeated!

20 01 2012
catcherofstars

By the people!! Censorship is legal prejudice, in my opinion.
Andrea

21 01 2012
Vampire Weather

You go, Andrea! I approve 😀

23 01 2012
catcherofstars

As a fellow writer, I would hope so 😉
Andrea

21 01 2012
GrowthLines...

“We are the backbone of every revolution”. I love it!

23 01 2012
catcherofstars

Thanks, the power of the written word is immeasurable
Andrea

22 01 2012
Tincup

Censorship leads to boiling blood.

22 01 2012
catcherofstars

And then to spilled blood
Andrea

23 01 2012
Tincup

The top on the pan blows off and out it spills. You know, the most ironic piece is that I began blogging on WordPress because of censorship…there is a blog on WordPress where that I consider the anti-christ of my thoughts…and I was made several long comments that never passed her filter…so…I decided to start my own blog…see…censorship just makes matters worse.

23 01 2012
catcherofstars

Nice!! What blog was it?
Andrea

7 02 2012
Vincenza Software

“Stop Online Piracy Act” is a whole lot worse than SOPA as it not only will restrict our net freedoms but will also affect whatever we pay money for, what we eat and what we can do. Almost any person could mutate a offender suddenly with this.

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