The Da Vinci Code and Censorship

Written by Danny Rosenbaum

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But do we want laws to preventrepparttar publication of self-proclaimed fiction? I'm open to argument, but I am minded to say 'no'.

It is a difficult call. Earlier this week, Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Burma protested against a film called 'Hollywood Buddha' which they said degradesrepparttar 132346 religion's founder.

"We wantrepparttar 132347 release of this film stopped," monk Mawarale Baddiya toldrepparttar 132348 Associated Press.

"The film scoffs at Lord Buddha, his character and his teaching."

Not having seen this film and not having read 'The Da Vinci Code', I cannot comment on their quality. But I don't believe thatrepparttar 132349 subjective judgement of quality should interfere with matters of principles.

A practical illustration of where I stand isrepparttar 132350 work of T.S. Elliot. Whilst I am repelled by his anti-semitism, I would never want to live in a society that sought to ban his books; and almost as importantly I think that such censorship would be self-defeating. Inrepparttar 132351 long run, there is nothing that perpetuates antipathy more thanrepparttar 132352 authorities placing themselves on some moral pedestal, and dictating to us what we can or can't read or view.

As a footnote, I seerepparttar 132353 major problem in another genre altogether. Films and books that claim to be 'docudramas', or 'based on reality' allow themselves a freedom fromrepparttar 132354 truth and simultaenously a freedom from many of our laws. They exploit a loophole so that they can present a portrait of people without actually having to be factually accurate.

After over a decade researching and producing documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, Danny Rosenbaum left the industry this year to establish the website.

How to find a good dating site.

Written by Leif Croonquist

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repparttar descriptions? That meansrepparttar 132345 dating site you are at does NOT screenrepparttar 132346 people who sign up. This welcomes people with ill-intent. You should get out of there immediately and go to one that does. 3). Doesrepparttar 132347 site have a privacy link? Look atrepparttar 132348 bottom ofrepparttar 132349 site's main page. If they have a privacy link, click it and examine. Make sure they specifically state that they do NOT sell your information to anyone. This is an invitation to a spam and junk-mail nightmare. Also look for some sort of a web site rules page or a terms of use page. Check to see if they screen their profiles or somehow disallow racial, hate or overly sexual material. If they don't state this than, anything goes for this site, another reason to leave. 4). Doesrepparttar 132350 site have a links page? If so click and examine. See who they are affiliated with. Usually, there will be graphical banners or icons next torepparttar 132351 names of their associations. Are they sex-sites? Spam sites? Even a quick glance in this area could tell you what kind of a dating site you are at. 5). What isrepparttar 132352 copyright date atrepparttar 132353 bottom? This could indicaterepparttar 132354 age ofrepparttar 132355 site. If it is very young, this could help you determine ifrepparttar 132356 site has worked out allrepparttar 132357 kinks (program bugs) and how many members they have accumulated. 6). Be wary of statements like "You arerepparttar 132358 4697th member to join today." and "Search through millions of profiles." these statements are usually false. Major sites, which have been running for YEARS usually can support these statements. look for a "whos online" link. If you arerepparttar 132359 only person (1 guest online means JUST you are there) then you know these claims are false. A site with millions or even thousands of members will always have a bunch of people currently online. If you detect this in a dating site, it is better to leave than to take a chance with a dishonest site. This is just a short list of ideas to help keep you safe when dating online. Be leary, be safe. More information can be found at .

Leif Croonquist writes for . He is 34 and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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