Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights released a statement to the press on July 18 in protest over the selective “firewall blocking” of websites on the school computers at Nonnewaug High School in Connecticut. Donohue’s complaint was that the Vatican’s website was blocked, along with the websites of the National Right to Life Committee and christianity.com.
If you are wondering if this may be an effort by the school to filter out all websites with a partisan point of view, Donohue notes that islam-guide.com and Planned Parenthood’s web pages were available at the school.
Spencer Case looked into the situation in the online edition of National Review on July 17, reporting that Andrew Lampart, a senior at the school, was told by Jody Ian Goeler, the superintendent of schools, that it was necessary to block certain websites in order to “prevent hate-speech from leaching into the school.” Donohue e-mailed Goeler asking him to give examples of hate speech “found on the Vatican’s website.” Donohue got no answer. Lampart took his complaint to the Board of Education and was told that his concerns “merit a probe.”