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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. \"

Library officials reject Bible ban request

You may recall This Story from Feb 6th on a man\'s request to remove The Bible from The Marion County Public Library. Well, Here\'s The Follow Up As expected, library officials have rejected a request to remove the Bible from their permanent collection.


\"The Holy Bible is the source of a significant portion of western cultural expression and has been a wellspring of inspiration for artists, poets and musicians over the centuries,\" wrote Library Director Julie Sieg in denying the request.

Access to Bookstore Data

Samantha Cook wrote\"
\"Did anyone see Friday night\'s edition of 20/20?

John Stossel\'s \"Give Me a
Break\" segment
had a story
regarding the
government\'s right to access a
bookstore\'s customer information list. The information
about a suspect\'s
buying habits and book material would be used to add
to the evidence to
prosecute an individual (for example, if they bought
materials regarding
bombs, weapons, creating home drug labs, etc.). I\'m
as concerned about
these issues as the next person, but feeling as if my
buying habits and book
selections could be scrutinized by the government, and
that they could be
used to solidify criminal charges against me, is a
troubling thought. How
often does someone read materials just for information
and knowledge, with
no intention of committing a criminal act? Admittedly,
this source is a
television \"news\" magazine, and has been known to
make errors in its
reporting, but if there is any validity to the story, we are
in serious
trouble.

The government is (once again) on an extremely
slippery slope, sticking its
oversized nose into its citizens homes and lives. \"

Reg On Harry Haters

If we ban Harry Potter, is Macbeth next? is a story on, you guessed it, the ol\' banning of Harry trick.

Reg has written a nice response to the story.


He writes:

I think the people who ban Harry Potter are twits.


But if one is going to argue against them, one must understand the point of their assertions.

More........

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Resident asks for Bible Ban from library

A few weeks ago someone challenged the book \"It\'s Perfectly Normal\", describing it as pornographic, in The Marion County Public Library. Well, in response, this week someone else challenged The Bible, saying it\'s filled with more vulgarity and sexual material than the children\'s sex-education book that recently survived challenge. He is hoping to convince commissioners they have no business regulating the content of library books, and doesn\'t really want it removed.
Full Story.

\"It\'s filthy, it has pornography, cannibalism like you wouldn\'t believe,\" he said. \"Because it\'s hidden within the covers of something called the Holy Bible, who would dare question it at the risk of their immortal souls?\"

Ten Most Challenged Books of 2000

The ALA has released their Ten Most Challenged Books of 2000.
They include:


  • Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, for occult/Satanism and anti-family themes
  • “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier, for violence, offensive language and being unsuited to age group
  • Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, for sexual content and being unsuited to age group
  • “Killing Mr. Griffin,” by Lois Duncan, for violence and sexual content
  • “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck, for using offensive language, racism, violence and being unsuited to age group

Squelching Campus Dissent

Some colleges are creating free-speech zones and allowing students to protest only in \"the zone\". No more rights to post a flier on the wall of the student union or anywhere else. Speech policies have been adopted at GWU and KSU, the UC at Berkeley, and the U of Mississippi and discussed at Oklahoma State U. and Notre Dame.


The Chronicle has the Full Story.

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