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VIDEO: How Fans of ‘Firefly’ Stopped Censorship on One College Campus
Posted By Rob Bluey On January 2, 2012 @ 10:08 am In Featured,Ongoing Priorities,Scribe | 9 Comments
College campuses would seem to be ripe environments for intellectual diversity to flourish. But rather than celebrate free speech, academic institutions across America routinely censor student publications and individuals . Such was the case recently at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Professor James Miller came under attack from the campus administration when he posted a picture and quote  from the science-fiction show “Firefly” outside his office door. It was removed by campus police because it was perceived to be a threat to others. When Miller fought back by posting another sign condemning fascism , it was also removed.
The university defended its actions  — that is until the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education took up the case. FIRE’s advocacy campaign inspired author Neil Gaiman to get involved , along with “Firefly” actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin . Suddenly, millions knew about the university’s censorship and flooded the campus with messages defending the professor’s free speech. This attention prompted the University of Wisconsin-Stout to back down .
FIRE produced a video documenting the case , a must-watch episode that documents the censorship challenges that happen routinely on college campuses today.
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 routinely censor student publications and individuals: http://www.splc.org/
 posted a picture and quote: http://thefire.org/article/13587.html
 posting another sign condemning fascism: http://thefire.org/article/13588.html
 university defended its actions: http://thefire.org/article/13621.html
 inspired author Neil Gaiman to get involved: http://thefire.org/article/13983.html#!/neilhimself
 Adam Baldwin: http://thefire.org/article/13655.html
 prompted the University of Wisconsin-Stout to back down: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/05/university-of-wisconsin-retreats-from-censorship/
 FIRE produced a video documenting the case: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/28/video-how-sci-fi-fans-put-firefly-into-the-fire/
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