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Re: [rain1 at airmail dot cc] Delete abortion joke

On 05/01/2018 11:11 PM, Richard Stallman wrote:
> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
>   >   However, the GNU C Library Manual is an actively
>   > inappropriate place to discuss it,
> A serious discussion of an unrelated political issue would be a
> strange digression.  The joke is appropriate precisely because it is a
> joke, and very short.
> Since you understand it wasn't right to delete this without my
> approval, would you please undo that mistake?
As a GNU Developer for the community I OK'd the patch.

As a GNU Developer I answer to the GNU Project.

I also apologize for not contacting you directly.

This does not change my position on the joke and it's relation to
abortion and censorship.

A large group of developers, serious senior developers, at least 3
project stewards (GNU Developers for the project), are indicating
that they do not share your same view on the joke. Please consider
their input and work with me to reach a consensus position.

The underlying notions that the joke tries to express are important
and I am more than willing to engage with you and Alex to write
new text and put it back into the manual to meet our needs to
express a viewpoint on censorship.

Let me propose another the following patch for discussion. It is
*not* a @cartouche, and will therefore be visible in all of our
info and html files (which is better IMO).

2018-05-03  Carlos O'Donell  <>

	* manual/intro.texi (Government Censorship): New node.

diff --git a/manual/intro.texi b/manual/intro.texi
index cc9c99f543..b413652194 100644
--- a/manual/intro.texi
+++ b/manual/intro.texi
@@ -22,6 +22,7 @@ portability.
 * Getting Started::             What this manual is for and how to use it.
+* Government Censorship::       Government censorship.
 * Standards and Portability::   Standards and sources upon which the GNU
                                  C library is based.
 * Using the Library::           Some practical uses for the library.
@@ -29,7 +30,7 @@ portability.
                                  this manual.
 @end menu
-@node Getting Started, Standards and Portability,  , Introduction
+@node Getting Started, Government Censorship,  , Introduction
 @section Getting Started
 This manual is written with the assumption that you are at least
@@ -56,6 +57,21 @@ are writing your programs you can recognize @emph{when} to make use of
 library functions, and @emph{where} in this manual you can find more
 specific information about them.
+@node Government Censorship, Standards and Portability, Getting Started, Introduction
+@section Government Censorship
+@cindex censorship
+@string{Trigger warning: Talk of abortion.}
+The GNU project takes the position that government censorship should
+not be supported.  Censorship threatens the distribution of information
+in ways that restricts the freedoms of our users and harms the creativity
+of the project.
+Censorship of technical information, cultural information, and even
+information related to human abortion (regardless of your position on
+the topic), should not be supported. Such censorship restricts the
+freedoms of all users.
 @node Standards and Portability, Using the Library, Getting Started, Introduction
 @section Standards and Portability


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