Friday, July 20, 2012

Library Guilty of Religious Discrimination; Another Censors and Discards Books Having Christian Content

Seaside Public Library in Seaside, OR, has been found guilty of religious discrimination and will now pay for its sin.  Liberty Counsel gets the credit for this:
The real sin is that libraries continue to discriminate against Christians even after similar religious discrimination cases have been decided for religious freedom:
See also:
Even the American Library Association [ALA] is on the right side on this issue:
But I believe ALA has more work to do to get out the message so more libraries will not lose more money in religious discrimination cases.  Speaking of which ...

Lancaster Public Library Censors and Discards Books with Christian Content

Book warning children against sexual predators
censored and discarded by the Lancaster Public Library.

On a related point, I am currently investigating the facts in a religious discrimination case where it appears the Lancaster Public Library, Lancaster, PA, has discriminated against placing a book in its collection precisely because of its religious content.  The book teaches children how to attempt to recognize and stop sexual predators.  It gaves this important message a religious twist, and that was the stated reason the library refused to place the book in its collection.  It may even have thrown out many copies purchased by the donor instead of returning them.

I predict you won't hear the ALA decry the censorship of this book, in part since it fakes censorship controversies to promote its own agenda:

Read a "Censored" Book:  Sara Sue Learns to Yell & Tell

Want to read a "censored" book?  The very one the Lancaster Public Library "censored" and threw out?

Read a "censored" book before another library throws it out!  Visit and purchase the "censored" "Yell & Tell" books!


Illustrative of the discrimination/damage caused by the Lancaster Public Library in rejecting the Yell & Tell books on children defending against sexual predators, even if from a Christian perspective, is the following:

  • "Awareness is Our Best Defense Against Pedophiles Like Jerry Sandusky," by Jerome Elam, The Washington Times, 21 July 2012, emphasis mine:
    We now face a new evil, and the trial of Jerry Sandusky is the Pearl Harbor in that war against child abuse. It is our call to action, both survivors and the rest of society to establish a united front against the vandalizing of our children’s innocence. We have to empower and educate parents and establish programs in our schools, public and private, along with our churches, youth leagues and summer camps to educate adults and children about the signs of child abuse.


    We also need to enlist the aid of those individuals whom children idolize in the sports and entertainment industries to make public service announcements about recognizing and reporting child abuse. We need to explore every avenue to arm children with the ability to trigger a chain of reporting that effectively deals with any inappropriate sexual behavior before the curtain of silence falls.


While the library is busy banning Christian books and the ALA has not and likely will not do anything about this, the ALA is actively promoting:
Public libraries promoting one religion's free speech while squelching another's is a problem, is it not?  Remember, "Know the ALA."


I have asked Lancaster Public Library to respond directly to me on this issue within a month.  So far, after about a week, no response.

Think about this.  Using the library's religious discrimination as the reason to keep children from identifying and reporting sex abuse, the Lancaster Public Library is doing the *exact opposite* of what is being sought by Erin's Law, emphasis mine:
All it took was one night for my innocence to be stolen.  From ages 6-8 1/2 and 11-13 two men molested and raped me.  I wasn't telling because nobody had educated me to tell.  The only message I was getting was from the men abusing me.  These men told me they would come get me, they knew where I lived, no one would believe me, I had no proof, and I would destroy my family if I told our secret.  There are children across this world being told the same thing I was told and I have now made it my mission to educate and empower every child with their voice through Erin's Law.  A law I am determined to get passed in all 50 states.

Yell & Tell books educate/empower children to tell, yell and tell.  Lancaster Public Library's religious discrimination is standing in the way of educating/empowering children to yell and tell.  Is it not?


I just found a story about the Lancaster Public Library showing it knows it is wrong to block books.  These are quotes that, even if not good library practice, apparently do not apply to Yell & Tell books:

  • "The goal of the library is to buy things people in the community want to read"
  • "Whether or not the book is considered 'good' by any measure is up to the public"
  • "Taking books off the shelf isn't the point of the library"
  • "It's not the library's job to censor material"
  • "Ephrata library's Penny Talbert, left, and Manheim library's Barbara Basile see their job as catering to library patrons' requests, not thwarting them"

Originally Published Jun 02, 2012 23:53
Staff Writer
Sunday News (Lancaster, PA, USA)

E.L. James' erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" is causing a stir in communities across America, and it's no different here.

The book and its two sequels — focused on the twisted sexual relationship of an innocent college girl and a young tycoon with control issues — have been in high demand in the Library System of Lancaster County.

That's kept copies off library bookshelves, making local library patrons wait to check out the trilogy's titles.

Within the library system last week, there were 161 holds on 25 copies of the book, according to the system's online catalog.  Sixty-two of those holds were registered from Lancaster Public Library, said Heather Sharp, community relations manager.

The book, often referred to as "mommy porn," has also been downloaded as an e-book 15 times, according to Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, spokeswoman for the library system.  The two other books in the trilogy, "Fifty Shades Freed" and "Fifty Shades Darker," have eight downloads each.

The "Fifty Shades" craze is just reaching Manheim Community Library.  Executive Director Barbara Basile said it has been a sleeper so far.

"It took a bit of press to wake up [readers]," she said.  "I think once the teachers are off from school, it will pick up."

Basile said her library ordered the book after getting a number of requests for it.  The goal of the library is to buy things people in the community want to read, she said.

That's why this small-town library and others here haven't pulled the questionable book off the shelf, as is being done in some areas in the country.

Whether or not the book is considered "good" by any measure is up to the public, said Heltshe-Steinhauer, adding that the storyline and publicists' hype have sparked readership.  So much so that Adamstown Area Library had to order more copies to meet patrons' demands, said Sharon Haney, head circulation assistant.

Taking books off the shelf isn't the point of the library, said Penny Talbert, executive director at Ephrata Public Library.  That would be doing a disservice to the community, especially in the case of a book in high demand, she explained.

"Libraries carry things that may be offensive to people," she said.  "But if you don't want to read it, then you don't read it.  It's not the library's job to censor material."


1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Dan....let's hope it doesn't have to go to the courts.


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