The New Jersey State Library history is interesting:
The New Jersey State Library dates its official inception to 1796 when, for the first time, the Legislature assigned responsibility for its collection of books to an individual, the Clerk of the House. But the origin of the State Library is actually much earlier. It began as a collection of books maintained by the New Jersey Assembly when New Jersey was an English colony. Over time this collection of books grew until it became a reference collection used by members of both houses of the legislature. Eventually New Jersey became a state and the collection came to be called the State's library.
Source: "The Origins and Early Years of the New Jersey State Library," by John Shaw, New Jersey State Library, 10 September 2010.NJSL, a state entity since colonial times, now provides training to all NJ library trustees, likely using NJ tax revenue. Here's one announcement:
The New Jersey State Library will again offer online trustee training through the Trustee Academy. http://t.co/B8VnabSOQB #njlibrarysupport
— NJ State Library (@njstatelibrary) August 12, 2013
Source: "New Jersey Public Libraries: A Manual for Trustees, Revised Edition," NJ State Library, NJ State Library, October 2005. I confirmed this training is current as shown above to the present date.
The training is now facilitated by the American Library Association [ALA] for NJSL, still using Pat Tumulty's false legal advice:
- "Online Trustee Training Offered Again in 2013," by Natasha Zaleski, New Jersey State Library, 9 August 2013.
- "New Jersey State Library Renews Its Subscription to United for Libraries' Trustee Academy," by Jillian Kalonick, American Library Association, 7 August 2013.
New Jersey State Library renews its subscription to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy http://t.co/rPKGTelJ72
— NJ State Library (@njstatelibrary) August 9, 2013
It is not true that a "[p]ublic library is a public forum for ideas," as shown in the NJSL/NJLA/ALA training. That is false. The US Supreme Court found the exact opposite. The Court specifically addressed that issue and decided one way, and the NJSL/NJLA/ALA is intentionally teaching the opposite. We are all here discussing porn in public libraries because they intentionally teach the opposite of the law.
United States v. American Library Association, 539 US 194 (2003). In other words, a public library is NOT a public forum for ideas—and pornography is not "ideas" anyway.
And here's something ALA/NJSL/NJLA does not teach. US v. ALA held, "The interest in protecting young library users from material inappropriate for minors is legitimate, and even compelling, as all Members of the Court appear to agree." But they don't, so they don't teach that.
The key here is that if you claim despite the law that a public library is an open public forum where anything goes, then you may not block pornography since that is "constitutionally protected material" and anything goes.
So NJSL is teaching something completely the opposite of the law, and using our tax money to do it. That thereby empowers library trustees to think pornography may not be blocked from public libraries. Essentially, NJSL misleads library trustees into thinking the opposite of the law, then those library trustees mislead your community into allowing porn on computers in your public libraries.
NJSL accomplishes this by using Pat Tumulty, the Executive Director of the NJLA, to teach that false lesson shown above. Pat Tumulty essentially says NJ libraries must carry porn. Got that? Let me show you a news broadcast about a child allegedly viewing porn in the Roxbury Public Library in Morris County, NJ. You will see me and Pat Tumulty. You'll also hear about library attorney Ann Grossi, but I'll get to her later. For now, watch Pat Tumulty approve pornography in NJ public libraries, and remember, she's teaching library trustees for the NJSL and the ALA:
- "Porn in Public Libraries," by Walter Kane, Kane In Your Corner, News 12 New Jersey, 5-6 November 2011.
As Walt Kane said: "Pat Tumulty is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Library Association. She says that towns and libraries simply cannot censor what people watch. [Pat Tumulty:] 'It is a public place and I think people have to recognize that again, public dollars don't necessarily mean I can proscribe what you see and you can proscribe what I see.'" Compare that to the training she provides for the NJSL saying, "Public library is a public forum for ideas." Here she says, "It is a public place and I think people have to recognize that...." It's essentially the same thing, only you can see her saying it in the context of enabling porn in NJ's public libraries.
And I responded to her publicly when a local radio host discussed the Roxbury matter. Let's go back in time to hear what I said:
- "The Joe Crummey Show," Joe Crummey, WABC 770AM, 27 June 2011. [The full excerpt is 47:59-54:11 & 56:01-1:03:31. I appear at 56:48-58:21. Note frequent/popular caller "Greg from Chatham" calls Pat Tumulty a "liberal, progressive, socialist."]
That's Pat Tumulty, the Executive Director of NJLA, using her position to promote her law-defying ideas that result in more porn harming more people in our communities. She even advises the NJ Office of Legislative Services on porn in NJ public libraries:
Pat T. reported that she had a call from the Office of Legislative Services regarding pornography in public libraries as a result of the News 12 NJ story involving a complaint by a patron that her child saw “pornography” at a local library. Eileen P. has done some research and found that 25 states have legislation addressing access to content in libraries in some way. Pat commented that is a complicated issue, made especially difficult when the term “pornography” is used to frame the debate. (Pat prefers the term “adult content”. Eileen P. suggested that Public Policy discuss the issue at an upcoming meeting. The board agreed.
And that's NJSL using our tax dollars to push porn in our communities.
Now let's look at Ann Grossi. She's the library attorney in Roxbury and also Montville. How does she fit into the picture?
Remember in the video when Ann Grossi was quoted as saying, "if the library attempts to restrict access, regardless of how offensive, it would be a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States"? Well that's false. The US v. ALA case decided the exact opposite, in the very first sentence of the case so you can't miss it: "public libraries' use of Internet filtering software does not violate their patrons' First Amendment rights...." It's the exact opposite. And Roxbury and Montville are following the exact opposite of the law.
Remember how she said she was reviewing the policy after it was challenged? Remember how Walt Kane asked if I was satisfied with that? I said, "well, if she's the one who's doing the review, then it won't make a difference." And indeed, after the review, the policy is essentially the same and the library still allows porn despite the law.
- "Ethics Complaint Against Library Attorney Ann Grossi for Misleading Roxbury and Montville, NJ," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 13 May 2013.
- "School Media Specialist Passes Sexual Content Review to Students; Dee Venuto Says It Is Discrimination to Keep Children From Material Including Lengthy, Vivid Descriptions of a Ménage a Trois," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 10 August 2010.
- "Banned Books Week is Gay Promotion? Author Admits ALA Faked 2010 Top 10 Challenged Book List," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 26 September 2011.
The question is, given the ALA influence in our public schools and our public libraries, given NJSL and Pat Tumulty and Ann Grossi are all marching to the same porn-pushing tune, who is playing that tune? It's the American Library Association and the American Civil Liberties Union whose Illinois state board member joined the ALA and changed forever how librarians approached children:
- "The Seduction of the American Public Library," by Helen Chaffee Biehle, Eagle Forum, February 1996.
That was over four decades ago but librarians are still talking about it to this very day:
- "Sunday Meditation: Are We Still Endowed by Our Creator with Certain Unalienable Rights?," by Will Manley, Will Unwound, 11 August 2013, No.823, emphasis added:
What I found was that up until the mid 1960s there was a clear consensus that one of the main objectives of the children's department was to provide wholesome materials that would build "character." This goal was clearly rooted in the Judeo Christian principles upon which America was founded. That all changed in the turmoil of the 60s when "intellectual freedom" now became the value the library profession was rooted upon. My research revealed that with each passing decade the profession's definition of intellectual freedom became more and more of an "anything goes" proposition.
By the turn of the century, librarians were even vehemently espousing their right to provide pornography on the internet to children. At that time I was a lone wolf speaking out in favor of children's room filters. I have been universally condemned in the profession for taking that position.
I wonder if there are any limits to library intellectual freedom in libraries today. Clearly the idea of the library as a place to build character by providing wholesome materials to children would be laughed at today. But on the other extreme are there any boundaries to intellectual freedom in libraries? Is the whole notion of morality obsolete and are our public institutions no longer rooted in the same religious principles that can be found in the Declaration of Independence?
Will Manley. He's the same gent who revealed that "the library profession is the only profession in the world that wants children to have access to pornography":
- "Will Manley Outs Library Profession as the Only One in the World That Wants Children to Have Access to Pornography; Annoyed Librarian Says Some Librarians Sound Like Smut Peddlars," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 2 May 2011.
- "George Soros Uses American Library Association to 'Educate' Americans Nationwide," by Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs, 4 January 2012.
Open Society Institute millions given there are more libraries than there are McDonald's Restaurants (and one of its speakers, Cory Doctorow, advises children to bypass parental Internet filters, jailbreak electronic locks on devices, etc., and says (14:35) "and frankly, you can't say bad things about a librarian without sounding like some kind of a jerk, so you folks are really well positioned to carry this banner"):
- "American Library Association (ALA) Youth and Privacy Conference 2011," by Angela Maycock, American Library Association, 24-25 March 2011.
- "The American Library Association Joins the Jihad," by Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, 9 October 2009.
- "Library Association Abandons Principle, Allows Censorship," by Steven Emerson, IPT News, 21 July 2009
ALA even works underhandedly in a number of ways, all with the intention of misleading local communities into thinking what the ALA wants them to think, much like the false training for the library trustees. That way communities make decisions they think are their own but are really manufactured by the ALA; where the ALA has no power to force a community to do anything, if it can get the people to think the way the ALA thinks, the community will do what the ALA wants. For example:
- ALA quietly slipped a $1,000 grant, pictured below, to a local anti-filtering advocate that was only revealed after a FOIA request found the recipient bragging about it to the library director, so you have to bet ALA's quietly slipping money to other people promoting its views to shape public opinion: "Ginny v. Maria: Hijacked Library or Safe Library in West Bend, WI," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 27 August 2010.
|Letter from anti-filtering advocate to library director about $1,000 grant from ALA.|
- ALA, in possible violation of tax code for 501(c)(3) organizations, promoted its political interests in favor of "net neutrality" in line with other progressive organizations. It was able to do this by, wait for this, propagandizing on the fifth most viewed web site, Wikipedia, by intentionally using multiple anonymous email accounts. See: "ALA Pushes Net Neutrality on Wikipedia; Political and Pecuniary Interests Promoted Anonymously by ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom May Violate Ethical and Tax Codes," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 11 August 2010, and "Tech at Night: ALA, Wikipedia, Astroturf, Net Neutrality," by Neil Stevens, RedState, 30 December 2010.
- ALA, claiming to be privacy advocates, outed MLB player Alfonso Soriano for perceived marital infractions such as "canoodling." The same person who anonymously promoted net neutrality published for all the world to see something I will not repeat here, but here is proof: 188.8.131.52, Wikipedia, 13:13-19:08, 18 May 2007, especially given my discussion of that IP address in the net neutrality story.
That sounds pretty underhanded to me. But what else has ALA done that our leading librarian at NJLA, a library attorney running for Morris County Clerk, and our tax-support NJSL finds so alluring that they need to mislead people into following:
- ALA awarded a book containing oral sex as the best book of the year for children twelve and up without providing a hint of any notice that it contained such content. Parents, thinking they were giving their kids the best book of the year, gave them the best oral sex book of the year. I personally communicated with author John Green and learned that he would not have given his own book to his own twelve year old if he had one. He thought it was for fourteen and up and said it was marketed as such. See: "Porn Pushers - The ALA and Looking For Alaska - One Example of How the ALA Pushes Porn On Children," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 27 March 2006, updated to 6 February 2008.
- ALA advises librarians not to use the MPAA ratings on movies to deny children access to inappropriate movies as that would represent "censorship": "Keeping R-Rated Films from Children is Censorship, According to the ALA and the Fountaindale Public Library That Blindly Follows the ALA," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 25 June 2011.
- ALA is now openly promoting that public libraries consider starting to shelve porn collections. See: "NCAC Pushes Porn on Libraries; Fifty Shades of Grey Propaganda: Brevard Buckles, Harford Holds," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 13 June 2012. Keep in mind, "'Fifty Shades of Grey' Perpetuates Violence Against Women," by Kristen Parker (re Amy Bonomi), EurekAlert!, 12 August 2013.
- ALA has been listed as one of the leading facilitators of porn in the USA, and the listing is based in part on my research. See: "ALA Listed as Top Facilitator of Porn in America and a Leading Contributor to Sexual Exploitation of Women," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 29 March 2013.
- Even the author of the Children's Internet Protection Act has come out against the ALA for harming a third of American communities by misleading them about his law. See: "CIPA Author Exposes ALA Deception; Ernest Istook Who Authored Children's Internet Protection Act Calls Out American Library Association for Using Legal Tactics to Claim First Amendment Protection for Public Library Pornography Viewing, Causing Librarians to Be Indifferent and Leave Children Unprotected," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 27 February 2012.
In reality, you can stop this. You are now armed with information to counter the misinformation you will hear from the pro-porn, anti-filtering advocates. You now see this is a battle with an underhanded organization that will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. You now see how key people in key positions can mislead people by the hundreds, like with NJSL teaching all library trustees that libraries are open public fora where anything goes and porn may not be blocked.
It is up to you to go back to your communities and keep your newly trained ears open for people trying to push themselves on your children and your community. As soon as you see it, find out what's going on. If you determine a response is needed, get educated then take action. For example, here's a protest by a Florida public school teacher who walked her third grade class across the street for a public library tour only to have her kids see xxx porn, and the library refused to stop it:
- "Teacher Fights to Turn-Off Internet Pornography in Public Libraries," by Michael Buczyner, WPEC-TV CBS12 News, 8 August 2013.
Basically, the key is to educate people about the issues so they can make informed decisions for themselves. Show exactly where the pro-porn, anti-filtering advocates are misleading, and back up your statements with reliable sources, like the US Supreme Court, the author of the Children's Internet Protection Act, even your local library law.
As to NJSL using our taxpayer money to teach all library trustees something that's legally false so as to mislead them into excusing porn on the computers in our public libraries, that is something about which we should educate Governor Christie. In a nutshell, NJSL teaches that libraries are open public places where anything goes, including Internet porn, but that has been shown to be legally false by the US Supreme Court that held that libraries are not and that governments may block out porn as they have since libraries started. As a result, the very people in key positions to control local libraries have been indoctrinated to act against the law in a manner that seriously harms communities. Is this insidious or what?
As to the ALA teaching all library trustees library law it knows to be false, that's just another in a long line of reasons why it's time to stop thinking of ALA as authoritative on libraries and time to start restoring local control to our local libraries.
Note: The above is approximately the text of a speech given to a New Jersey audience, however, library associations nationwide likely mislead similarly, particularly because ALA sets the tone.
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