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comparsion of current event articles and the novel fahrenheit 451
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'Why Nigeria's anti-gay bill sickens me' - CNN.com

'Why Nigeria's anti-gay bill sickens me' - CNN.com | Fahrenheit 451 project | Scoop.it

This article explains the present state of homophobia induced Nigeria. There is a law that was passed very recently that, in simplicity, legalized homophobia. According to the law, not only is gay marriage a crime punishable by a 14-year jail term, but "any person who registers operates or participates in gay... organizations" faces a decade in jail, which specifically targets the many active sexuality rights advocacy groups in the country. the sad truth is, however, that the majority of Nigerians are in support of this law and are against gays.The author descirbed what he noticed on a local blog where the blogger had told the story of a homosexual man. "Rashidi Williams, who had faced physical abuse for his sexuality. The comments that followed made my heart sink -- more threats of violence and death. And it wasn't a fringe minority; this is a thriving majority," (Jideonwogh). Many Nigerians are convinced that homosexuality is "of the devil", against our "culture" and an encroachment of "sad Western values." This widespread disdain of homosexuals is mirrored by societies apparant lack of want for books seen in Fahrenheit 451. Guy, in his actions against firemen, are similar to the actions the author takes in condemning the law. However, just as Guy was in a sad minority, so is the author. Both will simply choose to maintain whatever aspects of their banned objects they are capable of, as very clearly described in the novel. The terrible fines and jailing of people who want to be with members of the same gender and the destruction of books both require immediate changes, in an ideal society. But, reading the novel, and through my understanding of the world around me, I doubt justice will ever be given to all.

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Iran must stop persecuting minority religions - CNN.com

Iran must stop persecuting minority religions - CNN.com | Fahrenheit 451 project | Scoop.it

This article brings the plight of minority religion members in Iran to the surface. The Muslim majority in Iran has, in the past, sentenced a citizen to death for changing his faith, also known as

apostasy. "Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was 19, he converted from Islam to Christianity. In 2010, a provincial court sentenced him to death." (Saberi). The Muslim majority is ignorant to the christian, jewish, and other sects of islam that reside in Iran. They, as did the society in Fahrenheit 451, felt uncomfortable by differences in faith, seen in the novel by the burning of books due to the differences in ideas it brings people, causing discomfort. The books were under danger from malicious fires, set by firemen such as Guy Montag. In the article, it is shown how the minority sects are under danger of assimilation due to the inability of Muslim in Iran to transfer faiths.In the novel, the burning of books illustrates the ignorance of the members of the society. People get rid of the books because they do not want to handle with the differences it brings people. The government does not want the people to have ideas, faiths, or actions other than that of what the government expects. "You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can't have our minorities upset and stirred...Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag," (Bradbury 59). Both cultures want their people to be without differences due to faith or race. The society of the novel wants a society of people who only recieve constant facts, not things that are in motion, or changing.

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Online piracy laws must preserve Web freedom - CNN.com

Online piracy laws must preserve Web freedom - CNN.com | Fahrenheit 451 project | Scoop.it

This article explains the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would force social media platforms to pro-actively monitor and censor users to prevent them from posting words or images that might violate copyright, if passed by the Senate and House of Reps. The bill and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act, empowers the attorney general to block allegedly infringing websites. This action can be related to the plight of the book readers who seek to preserve the intellectual value of the books.The goal of the proposed bill is to protect intellectual property, especially from piracy by websites overseas. The problem, and factor that causes the and similar to mechanisms that authoritarian regimes use to censor and spy on their citizens.

In Fahrenheit 451, the government controls all media by burning books, as people deemed them as useless. People found themselves more interested and involved in responsive objects, and lost their attention for books and most sources of education. the firemen do, to some extent, spy on people or keep tabs on them, as seen in Guy's "Future investigaton" folder. Through these means, and their censoring, they control a vast amount of the lives of the people. The author of the article, as well as the men on the railroads, worry for the survival of their books or privacy rights online. The issue of government censoring and spying has become more prevelent in our modern day, where cameras now appear in many public places and watch a large portion of our daily lives, strikingly similar to the world of Fahrenheit 451.

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