Charles Hinkle speaks about different types of censorship that are apparent in the country. He gave a presentation to the American Association of University Women and traced the roots of censorship all the way back to the Spanish Inquisition. Hinkle says that there are three basic types of censorship; political, religious, and obscenity-oriented. Political censorship is present as governments protect themselves by silencing opposition. He gives examples of our government during the Civil War and the “red scare” after World War Two. Religious Censorship has been most recently seen in cases in Tennessee and Alabama where parents are upset that evolution is being forced upon their children. Hinkle says that the parents have every right to express their own religious beliefs, but they cannot stop others from reading what they want to read.
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