Bill Donohue comments on news stories claiming that a Connecticut high school has censored the Vatican website:
Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Connecticut has allegedly implemented a firewall blocking some websites it deems are “politically oriented.” Among those that are blocked is the Vatican’s website. Also blocked are the websites of the National Right to Life, National Rifle Association, Christianity.com, and many others. Websites that are not blocked, apparently because they are not “politically oriented,” include Islam-guide.com, Planned Parenthood, and lgbtqnation.com.
According to a complaining student, Andrew Lampart, a senior, he 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 leeching into the school.” Lampart took his complaint to the Board of Education on Monday, and was told that his concerns merit a probe.
I just emailed Superintendent Goeler the following letter:
“It is alleged that you support censoring students at Nonnewaug High School from accessing the Vatican’s website on the grounds that it promotes ‘hate speech.’ Would you please identify examples of ‘hate speech’ found on the Vatican’s website?”
Perhaps others would like to do the same. This is not the last word on this issue. Trust me.
Contact Goeler: firstname.lastname@example.org