Federal judge orders public library to unblock access to pagan, occult websites

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Federal judge: Public library cannot censor pagan websites (rawstory.com)
    more at the link above
     
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  3. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Which authorities are they? The Men In Black? "Hey, we've got another one who found out about Native American religions, bring out the flashy thing."
     
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    AnaTeresa New Member

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    That woman does not deserve to be a librarian!
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Still lol-ing. I mean, what? WHAT? Couldn't believe it when I read that. "Proper authorities"??
     
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    SapphireSteel New Member

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    :sigh:

    I thought America was built on Freedom of Speech.

    How on earth did this get to Federal Court level?
     
  7. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Reading, it's a dangerous thing. Can't have that at a library. Any offenders will be dealt with harshly.
     
  8. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    If, God rest her blessed soul, Miss Jane Mast, the Carnegie librarian in my hometown, had have "contacted the proper authorities" re: the motley collection of Ray Bradbury tales, baseball abstracts, serial killer compendiums, and novels beyond my reckoning that I checked out back then, I'd still be serving time in the city jail.
     
  9. matou

    matou #los2188

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    Wtf????
     
  10. matou

    matou #los2188

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    Does she want to re-ban the Potlatch ceremony too?
     
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    Its a public not a private library and supported with tax dollars from all races, creeds, religions etc. A librarians job is to provide access to materials and not judge the person's motives. Call the authorities if the person is trying to access child pornography, but Native American rites? Good grief.

    I'd be surprised if the Librarian Director isn't censored or fired.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    So suitable this witch burner wound up in Salem isn't it, albeit the Salem in Missouri.
     
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    Gardenlady Active Member

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    The Salem in my neck of the woods sounds a heck of a lot more tolerant (and fun! It's a great town!) these days than Salem, MO. :D
     
  14. i.b.nora

    i.b.nora I am polka dot

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    The librarian is very very active in the largely Christian community of Salem. She won't be fired she pretty much owns the place as far as I can tell. But, in this Associated Press article in the Southeast Missourian on January 4, 2012 she was quoted:

    "The Salem library is a small, rural library," Wofford said. "We're unable to provide our own filtering system."

    And yet, in November 2010 The Salem Library Improvement Board received a Federal Grant in the amount of $13,652 for purchase of needed equipment for the library.

    From the USDA News Release:
    The Secretary of Agriculture wishes to provide funding through the USDA’s Community Facilities funds for public libraries. This program emphasis will provide educational opportunities and improve public services in rural communities. Public libraries not only play a vital role in educating their patrons, they also enhance the economic vitality of a rural community. Rural business owners receive an array of information resources at the public library. The educational opportunities afforded create more productive employees for rural businesses.

    “I’m pleased to hear competitive grant funds are being used to upgrade the Salem Public Library,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “The continued services of libraries in southeast Missouri and across the state will ensure that residents have access to essential community resources.”

    Glenda Wofford, Treasurer of the Salem Library Improvement Board, said, “I am pleased that the Salem Public Library was given the opportunity to participate in the USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program. Competitive grants give small rural libraries an opportunity to acquire needed furnishings and equipment.”

    “Because we are a city library and operate on such a shoestring budget, we are appreciative of any grant monies we can obtain. This USDA grant/loan will help us to get some much needed furniture and equipment.” Salem Library Improvement Board said.

    Apparently it wasn't enough to allow them to also secure their own copy of the filtering system software?
     
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    Nova Active Member

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    I love your state! (My daughter, SIL and grandkids live in Chelmsford.)
     
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    The grant is really not a lot of money for library equipment. Don't know if their is a computer program she can purchase which will block those websites.

    However appears someone has an awful lot of time on their hands to 'block' access to certain websites and searches. Self appointed town censor IMO.
     
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    twocuriouscats Searching for Killer Owls

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    I personally owe my success to "The Happy Hooker" series. Can't imagine where i'd be now if I hadn't read those!
     
  18. i.b.nora

    i.b.nora I am polka dot

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    The way I understood it from the early articles, Glenda Wofford, (aka Glenda Brown) made it sound like the filtering that was being employed was that that was imposed by The University of Missouri with whom they supposedly shared network access (or who knows what). The software is called Netsweeper and according to the lawsuit, Glenda had full access to "the controls" and could make it block anything she and the Board of Trustees deemed unacceptable for their PUBLIC library patrons to imbibe.

    The lawsuit can be read here: http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/salem_complaint_final.pdf

    And, Public Libraries are required by Federal Law to have and use filtering software to block child porn and a number of other things.

    The library got computers from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2002.
     
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    The witch hunters of course!
     

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