Ah Chuck, my boy. You're so far off base, I don't even know where to start. I mention looking at titles on the New Book Shelf and you want me to present a carefully crafted research article like Tomeboy's. Sonny, I'm retired, and I don't do that any more.
I don't have the time or training either. But since you didn't make the effort to prove something as a fact, you might reconsider claiming it is.
It wouldn't surprise me if you're demonstrating why libraries close and bond issues fail--librarians, staff and boards being insensitive to the community.
Me and Darwin and my secular humanist intolerance just got a $6 million bond issue passed with more than 70% support. Do you like apples? How about those apples?
I'm not a supporter of ID myself, but find the level of knowledge about it in this discussion at an all time low.
ID claims that God created the universe. It also claims certain observations about the natural world prove this. It is bad theology and bad science. ID has become this ridiculous tabula rasa for Christians. ID is not the holy land and it's not a quest to save the Christian faith. This is a bad horse to hitch your wagon to. If you use science to prove the existence of God you cheapen science and God.
I truly hope some of these commenters are trolls and not librarians. Otherwise librarians, even the gen-x and gen-y new grads must be rigid, narrow minded and naive (just like the old timey stereotype of librarians)
Open-minded doesn't mean uncritical. I've read Behe's book and Dawkins books and the trial transcript of the Dover case and other relevant materials. I know what the flat-earthers believe. They're just wrong.
when it comes to religion--all religions--its importance to their readers, and the culture.
Nice try. We were talking about ID, not Christianity. They're not the same. And no one mentioned any other faith, except in jest.
Even the comments about witchcraft should be bring howls from Wiccans who probably won't think much of how you are portraying them.
Let them howl.
I think I can expect a PL to be respectful of people of faith since most of the people this library serves are Christians (liberals, conservative, main-line, Catholic, Pentecostals, etc.). With 3 Lutheran churches in town, one of them one of the largest in the country, I could expect something on that denomination newer than 40 years old â€¦ I might expect just a tad of curiosity on the part of the librarians (I don't think most actually live here) about what Christians are doing, besides getting their information from CNN.
How do limits or perceived shortfalls in your collection "prove" bias?
Yes, Chuck, it would be a huge surprise to you that people who use computers might also be Christians and that Christian magazines carry articles about computers, the internet, copyright problems, websites to watch, the digital divide, computers in business, and (gasp) libraries.
I resent your attempt to turn this into a "you hate Jesus and His good followers" routine.
1) I never said that Christians don't read computer books or use computers. I said that a PL would get more circs. out of a computer book than one about conservative Christianity. Which is true, outside of the Vatican.
2) I buy books on theology, Catholicism, fundamentalism, Evangelical Christianity, religious history and periodicals that cater to modern American Christians. Why would I be surprised by any of that?