2014 Dirty Dozen List: American Library Association

American Library Association  on the 2014 Dirty Dozen List

Why is the American Library Association on the Dirty Dozen List?

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.

Proof of ALA Promoting Porn

  • Safe Schools, Safe Libraries Project
  • Safe Libraries
  • 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

The Laws

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.

Take Action Now

  • Contact ALA Leaders

  • Ask Elected Officials to Help make schools and libraries safe from porn and exploitation

  • Share Your Story

    Have you or has someone you know been exposed to pornography at a library or school? Please tell us about it.

  • Contact the ALA

  • American Library Association Address

    American Library Association
    50 East Huron Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795

  • Distribute this handout to your friends and family and ask them to get involved.


  • Ask your local library for a copy of their “pornography filtering policy” and send it to Morality In Media at grassroots@pornharms.com 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!
  • Get your friends and family to help by checking their local libraries and schools.
  • Learn more about the issue here and here.

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