Skip to comments.ACLU sues library for not allowing access to online porn
Posted on 02/03/2012 11:28:23 AM PST by ColdOne
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Washington state library district for not offering access to online porn, Seattle's King 5 TV reports.
When a user logs on to a computer at the Wenatchee public library, for example, and types "porn" into the search engine, the list of results will appear as if porn doesn't exist, according to King 5.
The search censorship by the North Central Regional Library also means some websites -- such as Google Images and YouTube -- are blocked too. The board decided the filter serves its mission to promote reading and lifelong learning.
"We believe having pornography in public places hurts our ability to accomplish our mission," Dan Howard, director of public services, told King 5.
The district won the case in the state Supreme Court two years ago, but the case is now pending in a federal court.
"We are a publicly funded institution," Director Dean Marney said in a statement published on the district website. " It is crazy to think that we should be required to use tax dollars to allow open access to Internet pornography or to become illegal casinos."
The ACLU is representing three library users and a nonprofit organization, and argues that federally funded libraries should disable their filters upon the request of an adult.
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Let me guess, the ACLU considers unlimited free access to internet pornography a ‘basic human right’.
Bastards. Great idea to allow porn to be watched in public with children around. What scum.
The ACLU cannot find a right to possess a weapon in the Constitution, but they are certain that it contains a right to surf porn at public libraries.
Seriously, these people are just satanic.
wow the aclu against community standards who would have thunk it
With issues like this to highlight, we should be blistering the left politically. The biggest tragedy in this campaign period is that the candidate with the absolute best ability to out punch the left is the one with the most personal baggage for the left (and our own GOP) to target (Gingrich). I’ve had it with ‘gentleman’ country club politicians. We need fighters.
The way to deal with the ACLU is to find out where there lawyers and administrators live and push issues in their own backyards that they won't like, but would support in someone else’s backyard.
there = their
In order to be consistant, the public employees at the library should shut down and remove ALL computers to prevent these chicken**** lawsuits by the maggots down at the Anti-American Communist Liberals Union. Isn’t that the way it works? Prayer in school. Computers in libraries? Remove the problem. Make it go away.
sure, just like the right to an EBT card, and the right to get NINE (not eight!) McNuggets in your order....
Wow. Just when I thought I’d heard it all.
But you better not post the 10 Commandments in the hall of the library.
Tar (black strap molasses) and feather the ACLU lawyers. Have a sheriff’s deputy standing by and arrest them for indecent exposure. Deliver straight to the judge who finds them guilty, they are naked after all, puts them on the sex offenders list and gives them six months suspended, leaving them with the warning that if they return to the county they will reside in the county jail. Those who contacted the ACLU should be shunned by the citizens of the county.
Pornography should be illegal. It is a degradation of the human body and has ruined countless marriages, among other things.
I suspect this is why our library, when revamped, has separate areas for kids’ computers, teens computers and adult computer usage instead of one large bank of computers.
-—Pornography should be illegal.——
As much as possible, without creating greater vice.
It’s a sign of the times that you will be villified on a conservative web site.
Obscene speech has never been protected by the Constitution-until the Communist ACLU made it so in the 20th century.
This is more of the “Sodomy is good” crowd——turning our document which was founded with the concept of Natural Rights from God-—and a Biblical standard of Right and Wrong——which is being thrown out-—God is being banned as they put Satan (Baal) as the standard of Right and Wrong for this country.
All this without overthrowing the original Constitution. Where are the Judges-—in the tradition of John Marxhall—who would have ruled such garbage as ‘Null and Void”-—Just Laws can NEVER go against the First Principles of the Constitution. Yes, he actually ruled, so against such stupid irrational “thinking”.
All laws have to be Rational—and logical—nothing about allowing degrading images of human deviancy is the Constitutional. Especially that which destroys civil societies and violates human dignity. Never was.
THis was an issue in MPLS some years ago. Female library workers filed a greavance saying all the pornograph on the library’s computers constituted a hostile work environment and was sexual harassement.
I forget how it turned out. Gave the perves their own room maybe,.
OK....libraries are funded by PUBLIC MONEY! How many of those paying the taxes WANT TO FUND PORN. ANYONE who want to view porn can find it in multiple other places....it does NOT belong on the public dole. Gee, maybe we should have alcohol and pot available at the Library too!!!
OK....libraries are funded by PUBLIC MONEY! How many of those paying the taxes WANT TO FUND PORN? ANYONE who wants to view porn can find it in other places....it does NOT belong on the public dole. Gee, maybe we should have alcohol and pot available at the Library too!!!
I have never understood why any state or local government even bothers to respond to an ACLU lawsuit. What if they don’t show, and the ACLU gets a default judgment. How will they collect? If the mayor or governor refuses to enforce the judge’s order, what effect would it have?
The short answer to the ACLU: “We will NOT comply!”
Another library is being sued because it does allow porn surfing. Some kid saw it and told his parents. They’re now suing to stop porn from being viewed on library computers.
yes their own room blocked off from the resy of the library, maybe with a big sign and have to sign ibn to get a key access.
Actually, I think it’s about time to put an end to public libraries. Librarians are a bunch of left-wing jerks and there is simply NO REASON to keep spending tax dollars on them.
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