The ALA zealously continues to encourage public libraries to keep all public-access computers unfiltered, thereby allowing patrons, including children, to view illegal, obscene material. This has turned the once safe community setting of the public library into a XXX space that fosters child sexual abuse, sexual assault, exhibitionism, stalking, and lewd behavior in libraries across the country.
As a self-styled champion of the First Amendment, the ALA has worked for years to encourage public libraries to keep their computers unfiltered. This misguided campaign has resulted in countless patrons of all ages being able to access, or being inadvertently exposed to, hardcore adult pornography. Even child pornography is being viewed on library computers. It should be no surprise then that many cases of stalking, public masturbation, sexual harassment of librarians and other patrons, and sexual assault have been documented at public libraries across the country.
The ALA has also filed lawsuits (and LOST) against legislative enactments requiring use of filters. Despite losing and the Courts making it clear that libraries have the right to filter out this content, the ALA continues to disseminate misleading information to libraries about their responsibility and ability to filter pornography. Libraries look to the ALA for guidance on best practices and legal advice—yet the ALA refuses to give libraries all of the details.
The ALA encourages libraries to refuse federal and state funding which stipulates that libraries have filters (and often provides funding to cover the installment of good filters). This leads to increased taxes on both the state and local level simply because some libraries chooses to offer porn as an option to patrons.
If you are interested in getting filters (or better filters) in your libraries and schools, we have a special project dedicated to help make that happen. Please visit www.SafeLibraryProject.com to learn more and get started. This page will focus solely on the ALA’s involvement in these matters.
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It often just takes a few concerned citizens to simply ask for effective filters to be installed and the libraries and schools will do it! Please take on this project and lead the way in your neighborhood. Download the “Getting Started Packet” here.
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