The ALA zealously encourages public libraries to not install Internet filters on public-access computers, thereby granting patrons—including children—the opportunity to view sexually obscene or explicit 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 for decades encouraged public libraries to keep their computers unfiltered. This misguided campaign has resulted in countless patrons of all ages accessing or being inadvertently exposed to hardcore 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 even sexual assault have been documented at public libraries across the country.
The ALA has also filed lawsuits (and LOST!) against laws requiring public libraries to use Internet filters. Despite losing and the courts making it clear that libraries have the right to filter out obscene content, the ALA continues to disseminate misleading information to libraries about their ability (and social responsibility) to filter hardcore pornography. Libraries look to the ALA for guidance on best practices and legal advice, but unfortunately the ALA refuses to give library administrators the facts about the law. The truth is that the First Amendment is not a license to disseminate or view obscene material in public spaces.
The ALA even goes so far as to encourage public libraries to refuse funding from federal and state sources which require that that libraries utilize filters (and which also often provide the necessary funding to cover the cost of installing good filters). This can lead to increased public expenditure at both the state and local levels simply because some libraries insist on offering hardcore pornography as an option to patrons.
If you are interested in having Internet filters (or better filters) installed in your public libraries and schools, we have a special project dedicated to making that happen. Please visit www.SafeLibraryProject.com to learn more and get started.
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