Pornography in public libraries - www.SafeLibraryProject.com
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This site was begun by Morality in Media, in conjunction with the War on Illegal Pornography, to help restore sanity in public libraries. All public, taxpayer-funded libraries should refuse to allow pornography on public computers -- that is common sense.
We are not in a fight with your local public librarians. They are good public servants. Rather we are at war with those, like the American Library Association (ALA), the ACLU and others, who have advocated access to porn in public libraries. The ALA has been the driving force behind pornography on library computers. ALA and the ACLU fought a losing battle all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court against the Children's Internet Protection Act, a federal act that requires public libraries that take certain federal funds to block pictures that are (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors) . Imagine! Shouldn't the American Library Association be on the side of protecting children from pornography?
Since loosing the battle against that law, ALA continues to disseminate misinformation about pornography to library systems. Here is an example from ALA's own website:
"In the millions of Web sites available on the Internet, there are some—often loosely called "pornography"—that parents, or adults generally, do not want children to see. A very small fraction of those sexually explicit materials is actual obscenity or child pornography, which are not constitutionally protected. The rest, like the overwhelming majority of materials on the Internet , is protected by the First Amendment." http://bit.ly/lCNXml
This quote is FALSE. Suggesting that only a "very small fraction," of porn available on the Internet is obscene is very deceptive. Most all pornography commercial websites is hardcore and therefore can be charged by prosecutors as "obscene." The seemingly endless number of free porn sites depicting actual or simulated sex and other lascivious depictions are also hardcore and can be charged as obscene. Does ALA really think the American public is so uninformed and that it believes the overwhelming amount of Internet porn is be soft-core, depicting just topless women?
The ALA site also strongly suggests that Internet filters are inadequate, implying that use of them by libraries may violate constitutional rights of patrons. This in not accurate on two grounds. Filtering software has come a long way in the last twenty years and is very effective in blocking pornography without interfering with more legitimate sites. Also, use of filters does not violate rights, as the Supreme court has ruled in upholding the Children's Internet Protection Act.
Some argue that allowing porn on computers is a must, otherwise the library is guilty of unconstitutional censorship. Nonsense! Just check out your local library. Does it carry every book in the world? Of course not! The library board must necessarily make decisions about which material to include and in doing so it keeps in mind various factors, including the appropriateness of the material, the library budget, and other concerns. Pornography magazines and books have always been prohibited in most libraries out of concern for public morality. Most librarians would be embarrassed to carry pornography. It is not only unsavory, but may even be unsanitary to handle such material. What do the proponents of porn in public libraries plan next, once porn on computers is established. Wouldn't the logical next step be to advocate for the stocking porn magazines and videos? We think so.
As a matter of public safety and good stewardship, libraries should keep pornography off computers and off the shelves.
Patrick A. Trueman
President of Morality In Media
Former Chief, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Many people around the country have reported that the following has happened at their local libraries where pornography is allowed:
men spend hours at the library trolling pornographic Web sites
stalking patrons and library employees
luring children into viewing images of bestiality and child rape and other disgusting depictions
intentionally leaving printouts of pornographic images on tables around the building for librarians and patrons to see
a decrease in the number of children using facilities
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Added: 2 years ago
[scene opens in a public library, as a young female patron walks up to a young female librarian (red hair, glasses, green checkered jacket, white blouse, grey skirt)]
PATRON: Excuse me, are you the librarian?
LIBRARIAN: Yes, how may I help you?
PATRON: Yesterday, I was here with my four children, and there were men looking at hardcore pornography on several computers.
LIBRARIAN: Yes ... so what is your problem?
PATRON: My problem? Don't you see? My children were exposed to pornography, right here in the public library! Why do you allow those people to look at pornography?
LIBRARIAN: We have to protect the rights of library visitors who want pornography.
PATRON: But what about the rights of my children? One man who was looking at pornography tried to follow my little girl into the restroom! It is just not safe for children here.
[the librarian shrugs]
LIBRARIAN: If you don't want your children to see pornography, then don't bring them to the public library.
PATRON: I can't believe you would say such a thing!
LIBRARIAN: Look, we have lots of problems with these men trying to sexually harass children, and the librarians as well ... but according to the United States Constitution, those who want pornography have greater rights than children.
PATRON: I am a lawyer, and I know something about the Constitution. Someone who wants pornography does not have a constitutional right to pornography in public libraries.
LIBRARIAN: But the American Library Association says they do.
PATRON: The American Library Association? That's the radical group that tries to get pornography in all public libraries!
LIBRARIAN: Oh? Is the American Library Association wrong?
PATRON: Yes. The United States Congress passed the Childrens' Internet Protection Act years ago, and that law says if libraries take federal money, they must block pornography from computers. The American Library Association actually fought against that law all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
LIBRARIAN: What happened after that?
PATRON: The United States Supreme Court said that the American Library Association was wrong. Public libraries do not have to provide pornography on computers.
LIBRARIAN: That makes sense, because we do not carry any pornographic magazines or books.
PATRON: I am going to organize my friends and my church to go to the next library board meeting, and tell the library board to stop following the American Library Association, but think of the children and the rest of us who do not want our public library to be a porn shop.
LIBRARIAN: Honestly, you will have the support of all the librarians. We are tired of the problems caused by pornography in the library ... Do you think the library board will listen to you?
PATRON: If they want to keep their jobs, they will listen to us. After all, they work for the people in this community, not the American Library Association and not the pornography industry.
LIBRARIAN: You make a lot of good points. I'll be there to support you at the next board meeting!
PATRON: Great, see you there!