This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.
Alabama State Representative, homophobe and censor Gerald Allen has received yet another honor! In addition to his many mentions here on Maud Newton dot com, he’s a proud recipient of one of this year’s Muzzles, presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. The prizes, shared this year by George Bush and the FCC among others, go to the most “egregious and ridiculous” acts of censorship in America each year:
Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by calling attention to those who in the past year forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson’s admonition that freedom of speech “cannot be limited without being lost.”
Announced on or near April 13 — the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson — the Jefferson Muzzles are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment. Because the importance and value of free expression extend far beyond the First Amendment’s limit on government censorship, acts of private censorship are not spared consideration for the dubious honor of receiving a Muzzle.
The full list of recipients is here.