2013 Dirty Dozen: American Library Association
American Library Association
For years, this self-styled champion of First Amendment freedoms has worked to encourage public libraries to keep their computer unfiltered. The ALA’s misguided campaign has resulted in countless patrons of all ages being able to access or being inadvertently exposed to hardcore adult pornography and even child pornography on library computers. The ALA has also filed lawsuits (and LOST) against legislative enactments requiring use of filters, and continues to disseminate questionable information to libraries about their responsibility to filter pornography.
Take Action Now
- Ask your local library for a copy of their “pornography filtering policy” and send it to Morality In Media at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1100 G Street St #1030, Washington, DC 20005
- Become a local community leader and help improve the pornography and filtering policies in your local schools and libraries. Find “Getting Started” materials here and let us know you’re up for the challenge. We’re here to help you along the way!
Proof of ALA’s Profit from Porn & Obscenity
Comments made by Judith Krug, former President, American Library Association:
- “Parents who would tell their children not to read Playboy ‘don’t really care about their kids growing up and learning to think and explore.'” 9/18/95 Citizen, quoting Judith Krug
- “A librarian is not a legal process. There is not a librarian in the country – unless she or he is a lawyer – who is in the position to determine what he or she is looking at is indeed child pornography.”- Quoting Judith Krug
- “I get very concerned when we start hearing people who want to convert this country into a safe place for children…” Quoting Judith Krug
- “Blocking material leads to censorship. That goes for pornography and bestiality, too. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it … Every time I hear someone say, I want to protect the children, I want to pull my hair out.” Quoting Judith Krug
Comments by Ann Symons, former American Library Association president, 1997:
- “If the library didn’t own [pornographic] material and you as a 13-year-old asked for an interlibrary loan, that should be granted to you ….” Quoting Ann Symons
Other Possible Action Items
- Call the ALA – 1(800) 545-2433 x 1392
- Write the ALA a letter – American Library Association / 50 East Huron Street / Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795
- Post to the ALA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Get your friends and family to help by checking their local libraries and schools and becoming a local community leader.
Federal obscenity laws, which the U.S. Department of Justice refuses to currently enforce, prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses and other retail shops. (Learn more)
- 18 U.S.C. 1461 Mailing obscene matter
- 18 U.S.C. 1462 Importation or use of a common carrier to transport obscene matter
- 18 U.S.C. 1464 Broadcasting obscene language
- 18 U.S.C. 1465 Interstate transportation of obscene matter
- 18 U.S.C. 1466 Wholesale and retail sale of obscene matter which has been transported in interstate commerce
- 18 U.S.C. 1468 Distribution of obscene matter by cable or satellite TV
- 47 U.S.C. 223 Making an obscene communication by means of telephone
Sections 1462 and 1465 cited above also prohibit distribution of obscenity on the Internet.