Censorship

Controversial Magazine Remains in Library

Awhile ago two stories were posted on LIS about an Ohio library clerk who quit her job over an objectionable magazine which contained on the front cover a nearly nude photo. The magazine\'s inner contents allegedly contained more questionable material. The library, against the wishes of those who support the clerk\'s views, has decided to keep the item on the shelves and to continue its subscription. [more...] from The Plain Dealer.

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Dirty Books Guy Returns

Looks like the Dirty Book
Guy
may have won after all.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg\'s library system library board
leaders told librarians to consider limiting children\'s
access to selected library books. The library board
chairman and vice chairman asked for measures that
could be taken to \"safeguard\" children\'s \"access to
adult controversial books.\"

They also want to review the library\'s book selection
policy to ensure it reflects \"community standards in the
broadest possible sense.\"
Full Story

\"We decided that, based on continuing concern
that we\'ve heard expressed, we would go and look at
our acquisition process and we\'d ask staff to look at
how accessible objectionable materials are to young
children.\"

CIPA - the Supply Side

Bryan Nichols has written a very funny and perceptive piece on the CIPA as a Machiavellian cure for our current ersatz economic recession. He writes for the online version of the Iowa State Daily.

He notes: \"Congress... is using CIPA as a way to get out of our current economic slump.\" ...everyone has an interest in getting cheaper, better, faster pornography. The Internet is perfect for this. In fact, according to CNN, 37 percent of Internet users access pornographic sites... -- Read More

Church Members Burn Harry Potter, Other Books

This is so cool, I thought people had all but given up on actually burning books.
ABC News has This Story on the Harvest Assembly of God Church in Butler County PA.
Don\'t worry, they burned more than just Harry Potter Books, included were animated videos (Pinnochio and Hercules), CD\'s from Pearl Jam and Black Sabbath, and (here\'s the funny part) pamphlets from Jehovah\'s Witnesses.
I guess they are afraid of a little competition.


\"Our purpose comes out of the Bible,\" the Rev. George Bender of the Harvest Assembly of God Church in Butler County. \"We read in the Bible how people, after they received Jesus Christ as their savior, took things out of their homes and burned them. They [the members of the congregation] received Christ and they willingly did this.\"

Book Pulled In Utah

Junetta writes \"Here\'s a news item from the Salt Lake City based deseretnews.com:
The Newberry award-winning novel about a black family\'s visit to Alabama at the outset of the U.S. civil-rights movement has been pulled from a UT School District middle school classes.Two parents complained about the use of the book in a seventh-grade English class at Payson Middle School. They said \"The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963\" was violent had bad language, and (this is the funny part) depicted a teenager who misbehaved and was not punished.\"

Dirty Book Guy Loses

One More Story on the Dirty-Book
Guy. This time the Charlotte Public Library trustees say
they will not change their policy for selecting library
books to accomodate his tempor tantrums.

The nine-page policy says the library offers
collections to meet the demographics of all its citizens
and on all points of view.
That includes items \"which reflect controversial,
unorthodox or even unpopular ideas.\"

Censorship at US Geological Service

Dirty Book Guy Shushed

Bob cox pointed out The Follow Up Story on Martin Davis (aka \"The Dirty Book Guy). It seems he was thrown out of a Mecklenburg County commissioners\' meeting on Tuesday. He was about to read a passage from a book called \"Women on Top\" police officer stationed at the meeting twisted Davis\' left arm behind his back as he stood at the podium.

The Original Story, in case you missed it.

Dirty-book guy

Bob Cox sent in this
one
from Charlotte.com
on Martin Davis a man who has filed more tha a dozen
complaints on books in the Charlotte library. He actually
went so far as to filed a complaint with the police,
accusing the library of violating obscenity laws.

I was suprised at the length of this story, they actually
go into his life story.

Now after
reading Rory\'s story
on objectivity
, was this story objective and fair?

\"\"I\'m not trying to titillate anybody,\" he said. \"I\'m
making some people aware of things they don\'t know
about and I intend to keep doing that. The
commissioners should be acting on this . A crime has
been committed, and the commissioners are
accessories, and the library director should be
prosecuted.\"

ACLU Foe Pursues Privacy Laws

Wired has a interesting Story on Bruce Taylor, he\'s the president of The National Law Center. Don\'t miss their NLC Proposal and Internet Use Policy for Libraries and Memorandum of Law in Support (It\'s a PDF).


He sounds like a rather nasty fellow from this story.

\"If we get grownups in the Justice Department and the White House, maybe they\'ll follow the law,\" says Taylor -- who, like other anti-pornsters, has complained that the Clinton administration was not sufficiently serious about defending the Communications Decency Act and its progeny in court. \"

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