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  • Obama Wants 'Radical' Who Fought for PORN in Public Libraries to Run Library of Congress

    06/22/2016 2:18:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 22, 2016 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    There is now a Republican-led effort for the Senate to confirm President Obama’s nomination of Carla Hayden to be the librarian of Congress. Her confirmation hearing proceeded without any serious review of her record, her views, or her qualifications.The American people should be asking why any senator would be anxious to confirm a nominee who is not only unqualified, but whom The Nation magazine celebrated as a “radical librarian” who champions unrestricted access to pornography in public libraries. 7 Things I Want to Say to That Guy Watching Porn at the Library Other members of Congress should be asking why...
  • Bible Ranks No. 6 on List of Top 10 Most Challenged Books by American Library Association

    04/12/2016 3:13:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/12/2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The American Library Association has revealed that the Bible is among the books most often challenged and called to be banned in libraries. "You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it's a violation of church and state," said James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, according to The Associated Press. "And sometimes there's a retaliatory action, where a religious group has objected to a book and a parent might respond by objecting to the Bible." Guidelines for the Office for Intellectual Freedom have clarified...
  • The Bible Joins "Fifty Shades of Grey" on List of Books Most Objected to at US Libraries

    04/11/2016 5:33:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Bible is on American Library Association's list of 'most challenged' booksThe Bible is on the latest list of books most objected to at US schools and libraries, targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. "You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of Church and state," said James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association (ALA), which released its annual 10 top snapshot of "challenged" books on Monday, part of...
  • Holy Bible On List Of ‘Challenged’ Books At Libraries

    04/11/2016 10:00:19 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    DFS CBS LOCAL ^ | 11 APRIL 2016 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. The Bible. “You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of church and state,” says James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association, which released its annual 10 top snapshot of “challenged” books on Monday, part of the association’s “State of Libraries...
  • Library Of Congress To Eliminate Terms "Illegal Alien" And "Alien"

    03/31/2016 5:00:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies ^ | March 31, 2016 | Caroline May
    The Library of Congress is dropping the terms “illegal alien” and “alien” from its subject headings after a group of college students and the American Library Association protested the words’ usage.
  • My Library Has Changed the Title of Coulter's Book to "Offensive" (Update @# 51)

    05/27/2015 10:06:45 AM PDT · by lordpumblechook · 67 replies
    If you search the Loudoun County Public Library website for Ann's book, "!Adios, America!" you come up with NOTHING. No combination of those words will bring you to her book. Search by author brings you to her book, UNDER THE TITLE "OFFENSIVE" Curious, yes?
  • The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

    09/25/2014 12:26:51 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 63 replies
    io9 ^ | September 25, 2014 | Diana Biller and Charlie Jane Anders
    It's Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people's reasons for challenging these titles are really, really... outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
  • Art exhibit opens conversations about gun violence

    08/08/2014 5:19:50 PM PDT · by digger48 · 17 replies
    wthr ^ | Aug 08, 2014 | Steve Jefferson,
    INDIANAPOLIS - An eye-opening art exhibit on gun violence is about to open at the Central Library downtown. Artist James Pate and exhibit organizers expect the art to spark some serious conversations because of what it shows. "It just makes you think a little bit and sparks your thought process," said Chaz Holder. Holder is one of a group of Crispus Attucks High School students who got a first look at the provocative exhibit. The students' visit was also training for grown-ups who will serve as exhibit tour guides. "The hope is to engage the youth in the community in...
  • The ad war over EPA’s climate rule has begun

    06/04/2014 6:48:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    WAPO ^ | 6-4-14 | Juliet Eilperin
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft rule to limit carbon from existing power plants is just two days old, but it’s already sparked an ad war. The American Lung Association today will launch a national television ad buy featuring a sleeping baby drawing deep breaths, touting the fact that the regulation would close the “loophole” that allows industry to “pump unlimited carbon pollution into his air.”
  • Missouri parents outraged over pornographic, pro-abortion sex ed book in school library

    05/08/2014 12:31:54 PM PDT · by topher · 21 replies ^ | Thu May 08, 2014 09:14 EST | Dustin Siggins
    ST. CHARLES, MO, May 8, 2014 ( – Parents in Missouri are outraged at school district officials for allowing an e-book with images of people engaging in sexual intercourse in school libraries. Francis Howell School District is facing a backlash for placing "It's Perfectly Normal," a book that includes images of naked people, intercourse, and other pornographic material, in its libraries. One parent told a local reporter that most parents "were shocked" when he "showed this to" them, and that "their next reaction was outrage."
  • Banned in the British Library: You can check out Hamas’s websites, but not the Middle East Forum’s

    04/08/2014 6:59:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/08/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    A number of prominent counter-jihadis, such as Geert Wilders, have the distinction of being banned from entry into the United Kingdom — and, now, Her Majesty’s Government, in its wisdom, appears to have banned on some public computers two websites connected to me. It’s not quite the same, admittedly, and I am working to get this ban removed, but I also wear it as a perverse badge of honor given that government’s shameful record vis-à-vis Islamism. Say you’re in the British Library, the national depository library and a government institution, roughly equivalent to the Library of Congress in the...
  • Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir

    03/21/2014 8:04:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 20,2014 | CNN's Dana Davidsen
    Rush Limbaugh - radio host, conservative firebrand and... children's book author of the year? The Children’s Book Council and its Every Child a Reader program released on Thursday their author-of-the-year finalists for their annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Limbaugh is one of the four finalists, and his nomination has prompted outrage on social media, given the host’s often-incendiary nature. Limbaugh's book is titled, "Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans" – a time-traveling tale of colonial America and the latest of two books in the "Rush Revere Series" published last year by Simon &...
  • Boston University Caves to Islamic Supremacist Demands

    02/15/2014 6:44:27 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 32 replies
    Creeping Sharia [blog] ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | creeping
    via OUR LIBRARY CAVED IN :: Reader comments at Daniel Pipes. h/t Atlas Shrugs who writes, “Remember this is Boston, as in the Boston Marathon bombing.” Submitted by Anne (United States), Feb 10, 2014 at 14:00 I work at a university library in Boston, Mass., and books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System, not by title or “importance”. Muslim students (most of them from abroad) told administrators that they were offended because the Koran wasn’t given a place of honor on a top shelf, as dictated by Islamic law and custom. Library staff were then ordered to shift...
  • Herpes Virus Found on Library Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

    Two Belgian university professors recently decided to submit the 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library to bacteriology and toxicology tests. Traces of cocaine were found on all 10 books...the scientists discovered traces of the herpes virus in the pages of the erotic tale Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • Illinois mom attacks permissive library porn policy after stumbling on patron viewing smut

    11/12/2013 3:08:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Nov. 12, 2013 ( - Public libraries are taxpayer-funded areas where families can bring their children to read, socialize, and sometimes use the library's computers. But according to local mom Megan Fox, in Orland Park, Illinois, the public library is also a haven for sex offenders and pornography users. According to Fox, on October 4, she tried to use a computer in the children’s area of the library, and was directed by staff to use an adult computer area. There she says she discovered a man looking at pornography. When she complained to staff, she claims she was told, “We...
  • ACLU sues to force elementary libraries to display lesbian advocacy book

    11/15/2012 6:24:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    lsn ^ | 11.15.2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    FARMINGTON, UT, November 15, 2012, ( – The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to force a Utah school district to keep a lesbian advocacy book on elementary school library shelves. In the Davis School District in Utah, children as young as kindergarten age can check out a homosexual propaganda book called In My Mothers’ House, about three adopted kids and their lesbian “mothers,” if their parents sign a permission slip. The book was removed from shelves after another Windridge mother complained to school officials when her kindergartner brought it home. It is presently kept behind the counter. This minor obstacle...
  • Library right not to ban porn: Once a ban starts, it's hard to stop(WA)

    02/07/2012 7:56:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Danny Westneat
    When the right-wing Second Amendment Foundation teamed up with the left-wing First Amendment foundation to sue the Eastern Washington library system for filtering out gun websites, it serves as a case study as to why the Seattle Public Library was right last week when it said it wasn't going to do anything about Internet porn. There's not much titillating about Women & Guns magazine. About as racy as it gets is a recent photo spread on "practical leather" — gun holsters and casual carry handbags for the lady who packs heat. With articles like "Taming Shotgun Recoil" and "Ammunition on...
  • Federal agencies to meet with Ala immigrants

    01/23/2012 3:38:11 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    NECN ^ | Jan 23, 2012 5 | NECN
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal officials are meeting with members of Alabama's Hispanic community to address concerns and fears raised by the state's law against illegal immigration.Representatives from the Justice Department and four other federal agencies planned the gathering for Monday night at a Roman Catholic church in Birmingham. They'll discuss health services, fair housing, civil rights, education, food assistance and other services with immigrants.
  • Richardson to leave Cuba bitter, with no prisoner

    09/13/2011 3:07:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 38 replies
    Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he would leave Cuba after exhausting all possible avenues to try to win the release of a jailed U.S. government subcontractor, adding that he was treated so poorly he doubted he could ever come back to the island as a friend.
  • Civil rights groups sue to block law called toughest in US targeting illegal immigration

    07/08/2011 5:49:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Brandon Sun ^ | 8/07/2011 | Bob Johnson, The Associated Press
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Civil rights groups sued Friday in federal court to block Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, which supporters and opponents have called the strictest measure of its kind in the nation.
  • What are America's Most Polluted Cities?

    05/07/2011 12:22:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies ^ | May 7, 2011 | MORGAN BRENNAN
    Remember the fog that lingered over Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics? It wasn't fog. It was dirty air. Yes, China faces a world-class air quality problem. But before you get too smug about its smog, consider this: 154.5 million Americans, just over half the nation's population, live in areas where air pollution levels are often dangerous to breathe. That's according to the American Lung Association's (ALA) just-released report 2011 State of the Air. The cities ranked worst in air quality? California metros like Los Angeles, Visalia, Hanford and Fresno. Bakersfield, Calif., ranked the worst in terms of short-term and...
  • MILLOY: Defund EPA’s enablers

    03/31/2011 5:22:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2011 | Steve Milloy
    American Lung Association gets big paycheck for backing agency’s agenda NPR is not the only partisan political organization that ought to have its public funding cut. Congress should put the American Lung Association (ALA) on the chopping block, too. As Congress went on recess last week, the ALA took out billboard advertising in Michigan targeting House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican. The billboard ad features a child with an oxygen mask over her face and reads, “Rep. Fred Upton, protect our kids’ health. Don’t weaken the Clean Air Act.” The ALA attacked Mr. Upton because he...
  • How the left astroturfed net neutrality into existence

    12/22/2010 11:36:01 AM PST · by opentalk · 54 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 22, 2010 | Mike Riggs
    Despite what you may have heard, yesterday’s net neutrality vote at the FCC wasn’t the result of millions of Americans or even tens of thousands of Americans waking up and saying, “I think I am going to suddenly care about this!” No, like most Washington success stories, yesterday’s enslavement of the Internet was made possible by a small group of people with a lot of money. “After McCain-Feingold passed, several of the foundations involved in the effort began shifting their attention to “media reform”—a movement to impose government controls on Internet companies somewhat related to the long-defunct “Fairness Doctrine” that...
  • Mom: Son in 'extensive therapy' after viewing library book

    07/07/2010 1:38:38 PM PDT · by MissTed · 191 replies · 2+ views
    Florida Freedom Newspapers ^ | 7/5/10 | Brian Hughes
    A Japanese serial graphic novel genre popular with young teens has raised the ire of a Crestview mother whose teenage son got hold of an adult version of the genre from the Crestview Public Library. “Manga” depicts highly stylized adventure and, occasionally, violence in fantasy settings. Margaret Barbaree, founder of a citizens’ group called Protect Our Children, presented examples from a manga book to the Crestview City Council last week that she described as “graphic” and “shocking,” taken from material she said is “available to children” at the Crestview Public Library. “My son lost his mind when he found this,”...
  • Exciting results against pancreatic cancer

    03/29/2010 2:46:42 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 43 replies · 1,224+ views ^ | March 2010 | By Dr. Patrick Massey
    Every once in a while, a piece of medical research crosses my desk that I feel has the potential to change how medicine is practiced. Today is one of those days. A recent medical article revealed that patients with end stage pancreatic cancer and treated with an antioxidant and narcotic-like medication lived longer than expected. The pancreas is located in the abdomen, behind the stomach. It has multiple functions, including secreting enzymes that help digestion and regulating blood sugar levels by releasing insulin. Unfortunately, cancer can also begin in the pancreas. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 42,000...
  • New Jersey Libraries need your help

    03/29/2010 9:15:37 AM PDT · by freelancer · 46 replies · 554+ views
    The link will take you to a statement by Patricia Tumulty, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association. Her remarks summarize how the budget cuts will affect libraries. While I support Christie's efforts to get the state budget under control, I think libraries are about to take a harder hit than other services (keep in mind, unlike teachers, firemenn, policemen and a host of other workers on local and state levels, public librarians are not protected by unions). The proposed budget cut is about $1.00 for each New Jersey resident. I'm not saying no cuts to libraries, but...
  • Ala. prof bemoaned tenure denial, quiet about past

    02/15/2010 6:20:12 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 61 replies · 1,420+ views
    hosted ^ | Feb 15 | DESIREE HUNTER and KRISTIN M. HALL
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Amy Bishop kept quiet about a violent episode in her past around colleagues and students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. But there was one personal issue she didn't mind loudly complaining about: being denied tenure. Still, those who knew her said the woman accused of shooting six colleagues had never suggested she might become violent. Everyone from family and friends to her students said the intelligent and at times awkward teacher seemed normal in the hours before police say she opened fire in a faculty meeting Friday afternoon, leaving three dead and three wounded.....
  • Teen Sex Magazine to Stay on Shelves at Iowa Library [Parents Rebuffed]

    11/22/2009 1:35:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 119 replies · 2,942+ views
    FoxNews ^ | November 22nd 2009
    Teen Sex Magazine to Stay on Shelves at Iowa Library Sunday, November 22, 2009 AMES, Iowa — A teen sex magazine will stay on the shelves at the Ames Public Library despite a petition signed by more than 100 parents objecting to the publication. The Ames Library Board voted 6-1 to support library Director Art Weeks' recommendation to keep the magazine Sex, Ect., in the teen section. The magazine is written by and for teens under the oversight of Answer, a national sexuality organization at Rutgers University. It addresses teen sexuality issues, substance abuse and eating disorders.
  • Missing piece in collection

    11/17/2009 8:25:16 AM PST · by cowboyway · 8 replies · 770+ views
    Pasadena Citizen News ^ | 11.15.09 | YVETTE OROZCO
    Paul Schupska knows his history. Over the years, his vast collections of baseball, World War I and II and antique toys have been displayed at community public libraries throughout the area. Whether it is a vintage GI Joe or an authentic World War II map used by Allied forces in a European bunker, Schupska prides himself on the completeness of his displays, on telling as much of a complete history as possible. When he recently showcased his World War II collection at the Pasadena Public Library on Fairmont, the Nazi insignias were part of that story. He has shown several...
  • Gay Reversal Advocates Say School Libraries Banning Their 'Ex-Gay' Books

    10/23/2009 5:24:35 AM PDT · by GregNH · 7 replies · 448+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/22/2009 | By Diane Macedo
    Visit most public school libraries and you'll find an array of books that address the subject of homosexuality. Many include sexually explicit content, and some even include graphic images. But if you're looking for a book that refers to the possibility that homosexuality can be "reversed," a Chicago-based group says your best bet is the banned books list.
  • Children's writer Philip Pullman ranked second on US banned books list

    09/30/2009 8:35:37 PM PDT · by Saije · 8 replies · 1,068+ views
    London Guardian ^ | 9/30/2009 | Ed Pilkington
    The novelist and children's writer Philip Pullman has been showered with awards that include a CBE, a Carnegie Medal and several honorary professorships. This week he notched up a new distinction: he is ranked second in the top 10 books that people have tried to ban across America. Pullman's fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, has leapt to the top of the target list of would-be censors in the new rankings issued this week by the American Library Association. Several schools across America faced requests from parents to remove the book. One challenge at a school in Winchester, Kentucky was made...
  • Public School Library Propagates Falsehood That Governor Palin Banned Books

    09/29/2009 7:41:10 PM PDT · by ak267 · 12 replies · 928+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 09-29-2009 | ak267
    How ironic it is that when news emerges of Governor Palin's book becoming available prior to its expected date, she shows up in my school's library. No, she didn't show up in person and no, there was no announcement to inform interested students about her book, which reportedly is already number one on the Barnes and Noble list. She showed up in the center of a display highlighting Banned Books Week.
  • Book banned from Brooklyn libraries for depicting Africans as monkeys

    08/22/2009 11:31:45 AM PDT · by past_present · 56 replies · 2,273+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | 8-21-09 | Erin Durkin and Simone Weichselbaum
    Brooklyn's chief librarian has yanked a nearly 80-year-old book from the shelves because it depicts Africans as monkeys. Tintin Au Congo is the only book in the city library system hidden from public view after a reader complained that it was "racially offensive." The popular Belgian children's work - due to be made into a movie by Steven Spielberg - is locked behind a series of hidden doors on the third floor of Brooklyn's central library. "'Tintin au Congo' was relocated," said director Richard Reyes-Gavilan. Library officials across the city said they've debated pulling about 25 books and DVDs from...
  • Panel Dropped After Invitation Of Islam Critic

    07/12/2009 9:36:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 828+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 12th 2009
    Panel dropped after invitation of Islam critic Three speakers pull out of ALA forum on Muslim religion By Shaun Waterman Monday, July 13, 2009 The American Library Association has canceled a panel discussion on Islam planned for its annual conference over the weekend, after three speakers withdrew in protest at the inclusion of the fourth, a controversial critic of the Muslim religion. The critic, Robert Spencer, who runs the blog site, told The Washington Times that he learned of the decision to cancel Sunday's panel - "Perspectives on Islam: Beyond the Stereotyping" - in an e-mail message Saturday morning...
  • Convicted Mass. librarian wants to keep pension

    05/19/2009 9:16:10 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 2 replies · 333+ views
    WHDH-TV ^ | 05/19/09 | WHDH-TV
    BEVERLY, Mass. -- The former director of the Beverly Public Library who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography wants to keep his $31,000 annual public pension. Thomas Scully has filed a lawsuit in Salem Superior Court claiming the city Retirement Board has no right to revoke his pension on the grounds of "moral turpitude." Scully's suit filed Friday claims he would suffer "severe financial loss" if he loses his pension because he is unlikely to land another job in his field. Scully's pension was approved in May 2005, after his arrest, but his lawyer tells The Salem News the decision...
  • San Jose City Council to reconsider porn filters at libraries

    04/13/2009 5:41:14 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 3 replies · 424+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11 April 2009 | John Woolfolk
    San Jose City Council to reconsider porn filters at libraries San Jose officials are preparing for a showdown later this month over online pornography in city libraries. City officials last considered whether to electronically filter library Internet use in 1997. At the time, they overwhelmingly concluded the technology was too primitive to snag smut without also snaring information about health topics like breast cancer. The council will revisit that decision in what is expected to be a heavily attended evening meeting April 21. Councilman Pete Constant since October 2007 has called for reconsidering that move. He has cited improvements in...
  • Justices Reject Pornography Law

    01/21/2009 11:15:32 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 267 replies · 3,025+ views
    New York Slimes ^ | 01/21/2009 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider attempts to revive a 1998 law intended to protect children from Internet pornography, ending a legal conflict dating to the administration of President Bill Clinton. Without comment, the court handed down an order declining to take the case of Mukasey v. A.C.L.U., No. 08-565. The administration of former President George W. Bush, through Attorney General Michael Mukasey, had asked the justices to review the law. The American Civil Liberties Union has been a leading foe of the statute. The Child Online Protection Act has been the subject of court battles...
  • Students Protest School Library’s Rejection of Christian Books on Homosexuality

    10/04/2008 4:51:57 PM PDT · by narses · 20 replies · 1,143+ views
    Students Protest School Library’s Rejection of Christian Books on Homosexuality
  • Who's The Library Bully? [It's not Sarah Palin]

    09/22/2008 1:33:32 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 13 replies · 437+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | September 19, 2008 | L. Brent Bozell III
    As part of the microscopic scrutiny applied to Sarah Palin’s record, the public has been told that as the incoming Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska in 1996, Palin dared to ask the town librarian what would happen if anyone objected to an inappropriate book. She merely inquired, but "anti-censorship" activists, perpetually filled with visions of a trash can full of burning books, exploded. At the time, the Anchorage Daily News captured the librarian, one Mary Ellen Emmons, putting up her First Amendment dukes. “I told her clearly, I will fight anyone who tries to dictate what books can go on the...
  • Gay-lesbian titles donated to Wasilla Library

    09/23/2008 8:29:32 AM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 52 replies · 568+ views
    Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman ^ | 23 Sep 08 | Michael Rovito
    WASILLA — Responding to news reports about then-Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin asking a librarian how she would feel about banning books, a San Francisco man has donated two children’s books dealing with homosexuality to the Wasilla Library. Mike Petrelis, a 49-year-old who files Freedom of Information requests for a living, said he was aghast to read reports of Palin’s 1996 inquiry about banning certain books at Wasilla’s library. The news — old news in the Mat-Su Valley, but new in the Lower 48 — prompted Petrelis to send to Wasilla “Heather Has Two Mommies” and “Daddy’s Roommate,” both children’s books...
  • The Censor: Motives and Tactics

    09/14/2008 6:59:08 AM PDT · by pjsbro · 6 replies · 250+ views
    Ameican Library Association ^ | Ameican Library Association
    In most cases, the one to bring a complaint to the library is a concerned parent or a citizen sincerely interested in the future wellbeing of the community. Although complainants may not have a broad knowledge of literature or of the principles of freedom of expression, their motives in questioning a book or other library material are seldom unusual. Any number of reasons are given for recommending that certain material be removed from the library. Complainants may believe that the materials will corrupt children and adolescents, offend the sensitive or unwary reader, or undermine basic values and beliefs. Sometimes, for...
  • Librarians irked colleague sent unverified Palin e-mail

    09/11/2008 7:40:20 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 23 replies · 294+ views
    Librarians irked colleague sent unverified Palin e-mail By LAURA GREEN Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 11, 2008 A Palm Beach County School District library manager set off an e-mail controversy this week when she sent school librarians a list of books Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin allegedly tried to ban as mayor of a small Alaska town. Problem was the list turned out to be a hoax. It included Harry Potter books that weren't yet published when Palin had an exchange with the Wasilla librarian about removing books.
  • Putting the 'Lie' in 'Library' (Wall St Journal Debunks Palin book banning smear)

    09/09/2008 3:35:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 286+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/09/08 | By JAMES TARANTO
    Sarah Palin seems like a perfectly normal person, but partisans both in and out of the media have been busily trying to depict her as some sort of religious nut. Among other things, Palin's opponents claim that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she was a "book banner"--which is to say, that she sought to have books removed from the local public library. This claim has been debunked--but not before it has spread all over the Internet with the help of some in the mainstream media. The book-banner tale seems to have originated in a widely circulated Aug. 31 email from...
  • Palin Asked About Censoring Books With Wasilla Librarian

    09/04/2008 1:39:26 PM PDT · by steve-b · 104 replies · 363+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/4/08 | Rindi White
    WASILLA -- Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so. According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn’t fully support her and...
  • ALA to Libraries: Keep ALMS FOR JIHAD, Pulped in the UK [Book Burning Alert]

    06/30/2008 7:19:28 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 5 replies · 638+ views
    Library Journal ^ | August 23, 2007 | Andrew Albanese & Jennifer Pinkowski
    ALA to Libraries: Keep Alms for Jihad, Pulped in the UK Andrew Albanese & Jennifer Pinkowski -- Library Journal At the urging of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), a scholarly book pulped by its British publisher is maintaining a safe haven in U.S. libraries. Alms for Jihad was the target of a potential libel suit in England by Sheikh Khalid bin Mahfouz, whose charitable activities have reportedly been linked to terrorist activities, as conveyed in the book. In response, publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP) pulped its unsold copies of the book, put it out of...
  • Library shuts out Christians -- and everybody else

    06/13/2008 1:17:17 PM PDT · by CWWren · 32 replies · 116+ views
    One News Now ^ | 6/13/2008 | Jeff Johnson
    An Ohio county public library has closed its meeting rooms to the public rather than allow them to be used by a Christian group. George and Cathy Vandergriff wanted to host a Crown Financial Ministries "Financial Freedom" workshop in a public meeting room at the Clermont County, Ohio, public library. Tim Chandler, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), says the couple was told that, because the class would be quoting from the Bible, they could not hold it at the library. "The Supreme Court said, more than 25 years ago, that once you've opened up meeting space, you...
  • Father, 3 sons charged in attack on motorist (R.O.P.)

    06/11/2008 8:03:40 PM PDT · by Inyokern · 37 replies · 553+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2008 | David Heinzmann
    A Northwest Side man was charged with a hate crime and his three adult sons were charged with felony aggravated battery in an alleged attack on a motorist in which racial epithets were shouted, prosecutors said. Mahmoud Alkhazaleh, 53, of the 5500 block of North Mango Avenue also was charged with aggravated battery and vehicle invasion in a June 9 attack on a man who allegedly had honked his horn to prod Alkhazaleh to step out of the path of his truck, according to court documents. Alkhazaleh called the victim a "blue-eyed devil" and an " 'American [expletive]' during a...
  • Quoting Scripture banned in library community room

    06/11/2008 8:00:44 AM PDT · by DaveyB · 22 replies · 149+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 10, 2008 | WorldNetDaily
    Quoting Scripture banned in library community room 'What next? Will board keep patrons from reading Bible?' Posted: June 10, 2008 9:33 pm Eastern © 2008 WorldNetDaily Quoting from the Bible has been banned in a community room at the public library in Clermont County, Ohio, and now a couple who sought to use the facility for a financial planning seminar have brought a court case.snip...However, when Cathy Vandergriff asked in person to use a meeting room for a financial planning meeting, the conversation with the library employee took an unwelcome turn. "When Mrs. Vandergriff indicated that the seminar would be...
  • Records changed after librarian reported porn

    04/04/2008 9:48:56 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 26 replies · 65+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 03, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    Personnel records used to justify the dismissal of a librarian who reported to police a man viewing child pornography on a public computer were changed after her dismissal, according to a law firm working on behalf of Brenda Biesterfield. That, however, hasn't stopped the county from justifying its actions and citing the changed records."The actions of Tulare County officials in firing Brenda Biesterfeld are simply inexcusable," said Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University's school of law."She should be reinstated and compensated for the injustice done to her," he said. "The Tulare County Library ought...
  • Democrats to Tell Kids: 'Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.'

    02/29/2008 8:06:06 AM PST · by bahblahbah · 16 replies · 301+ views
    Washington Post - The Sleuth Blog ^ | February 28, 2008 | Mary Ann Akers
    <p>Woops, an errant email advisory sent to House Democratic members by Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office had some unique suggested talking points for the upcoming "Read Across America" day. Basically, it said, just tell the kids and their teachers: blah, blah, blah.</p> <p>"Blah, blah, blah, blah Blah, blah, blah."</p>