Censorship

Prisoners say jail limiting book options

This Story begs the question, Does being in Jail mean you can\'t read what you want?
In The Arkansas Benton County Jail, apparently it does. It seems the Ministry is now choosing the books prisoners can read, and has removed everything except \"volumes with religious themes and \"spiritually uplifting little novelettes\".

\"\"I think this is a violation of our constitutional rights,\" said Ms. Marin, who is being held on suspicion of misdemeanor failure to pay fines and restitution and driving with a suspended driver\'s license. \"I do not believe they can let the clergy tell us what we can and cannot read.\" -- Read More

Parents want Whoopi out

JSOnline in Milwaukee, has this Story on local parents who want Whoopi Goldberg\'s biography removed from the shelves.

\"In a complaint filed with the Muskego-Norway School District, the Kanias describe a three-page excerpt from the 1997 book as \"enough to ruin the innocence of any 14-year-old.\"

You\'d think they\'d want to get rid of it because she\'s not funny! -- Read More

Confront Censors

Freedomforum
has a reprint of the speech given by
Paul McMasters at the Maine Librarians
Conference.

\"Just about every type of speech
one can think of is under attack today: sexual speech,
violent speech, hate speech, unpatriotic speech,
\"coarse\" speech, uncivil speech.\" -- Read More

Order about to be issued on Boston Public Library

Don Saklad writes \"Massachusetts Public Records Division is about to issue an
order on city of Boston Public Library interlibrary loan
department officer D. Keller and president Bernard Margolis
to comply and disclose legitimately public information.

Details about how you can get your supervisory, managerial
and executive public library officials to comply with state
FOI freedom of information, open government and open public
meeting sunshine intellectual freedom principles
http://www.ma.lwv.org/guideto.htm#Minutes and Other Public Records
\"

Mommy Wants Book Pulled

A story from The Chicago Tribune tells us that a woman wants a book pulled from her sons school. Why?

\"a children\'s book about Marvin Redpost, a grade schooler who kisses his elbow and becomes a girl, is inappropriate for her son and is seeking to have it banned from his school library.

Holy Homophobia! -- Read More

Hot-Button Books Divide Communities

CT Now has a Story on how a few books are getting libaries in trouble. Titles include \'After the First Death\', \'Deliverance\' and \'Kaffir Boy\' -- Read More

Library to keep porn

The Union
Tribune
in San Diego, is Reporting \"Two books
containing pictures that a San Diego judge deemed
child pornography will remain on library shelves
because a committee of experts that reviewed the
questioned pages has concluded that the photographic
work is \"culturally and artistically significant,\" library
officials said yesterday. \" -- Read More

Free speech and Laura Schlessinger

James Nimmo writes:
Growth or Greed?

Human events are often filled with questions that require choices in
trying to find answers: yes/no, pro/con, either/or,
fundamental/progressive. Sometimes these choices are not clear cut but
dimmed with shades of gray. Does the following question have a clear-cut
answer or is it of the non-white/non-black variety? Does the media
personality Laura Schlessinger have an absolute First Amendment freedom to
write and say whatever she wants in her newspaper column, radio program,
and
possibly, television talk show? -- Read More

Why Have Controversial Material in Your Library

Karen McCandlish writes:
Why have controversial material in your library? I was just discussing this topic with a friend, and I came up with a few reasons why it might be good to have anti-gay or racist or other controversial material in a library. It certainly is a way of raising people\'s consciousness, and perhaps their consciences, as to what\'s really out there - the level of hate where these people are coming from. -- Read More

Six library forum speakers seek ban

A Story from NC that has several people calling library materials \"pornographic\"

\"Six of eight speakers asked for some materials to be stored in areas off-limits to children, and for filters on computers to limit access to obscene information. The other two speakers asked the committee to look into extending children’s summer programs and to consider building a library somewhere on or near Murchison Road.\"\"“On Holy Thursday, let’s consider wisely what we are doing,” Barton said\" -- Read More

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