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ALA, State, or Local Library Meetings/Trainings:
  • "OUTRAGE! Board Member Sticks Fingers In Ears to Ignore the Public!," by Megan Fox, YouTube, 16 December 2013, re the Orland Park Public Library Board Meeting; I am the very first topic addressed in the public comments section of the meeting that begins at 2:08 or thereabouts.
  • "ALA Reply to ‘ALA Supports Orland Park Public Library Stance on Viewing Porn," by Sean O'ConnorChicago Libraries Examiner, 7 November 2013.   Contains a letter from ALA's Deborah Caldwell-Stone discussing what I said in the Chicago Tribune but not mentioning me by name.
  • "Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later Part 1," by American Library Association Washington Office, American Library Association, 30 July 2013.
  • "AGENDA; Regular Meeting of the Pierce County Library System Board of Trustees," by Linda Ishem; Board of TrusteesPierce County Library System, 10 April 2013.
  • "Public Information Office Media/Social Media Report, EBD #12.17, 2012-2013, Midwinter 2013 Media Report," by ALA Executive Board, American Library Association, 16 January 2013 (emphasis in original):
     Media relations activity for the past quarter (Oct. 1, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013) has focused in several areas including Banned Books Week, Teen Read Week, International Games Day and ebook lending in libraries.  This quarter the ALA achieved more than 16,442 mentions/articles, which resulted in a circulation rate of more than 2.8 Billion.  This reporting cycle there were a total of 23 negative articles/mentions from conservative groups like Focus on the Family and Dan Kleinman.  All attacks were fueled by Banned Books Week and ALA's position on censorship.
  • "John Green at the Freedom to Read Foundation Banned Author Event," by John GreenOIFTube (Freedom to Read Foundation's Banned Author Event during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX), 22 January 2012; he discusses me though not by name starting a little after 16 min., though I have made it clear "Looking For Alaska is NOT Porn."
  • "Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes: September 18, 2012," by Board of Trustees, Spokane County Library District, 16 October 2012.
  • "Public Information Office Second Quarter 2012 Media/Social Media Report, EBD #12.45, 2011-2012," by ALA Executive Board, American Library Association, 30 May 2012:
    Negative coverage during the quarter was minimal with 29 articles.  The majority of the coverage was fueled by which featured posts on ALA’s policies on censorship and Internet filtering.
  • "Internet Safety Informational Packet," by Board of Trustees, Puyallup Public Library, 19 March 2012.
  • "Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like: OIF Walks the Walk," by Barbara Jones, Director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, Wisconsin Library Association, 1 November 2011: "and then we receive attacks from Dan Kleinman still...."
  • "NJLA Children's Services Section; Meeting Minutes," by Lisa Taylor, New Jersey Library Association, 9 September 2011:
    Pat Vasilisk reported the following highlights from the NJLA Executive Board meeting ... Dan Kleinman of Safe Libraries has been pushing for legislation regarding pornography on the Internet that would affect public libraries. Pat Tumulty has asked the NJLA Public Policy committee to comment on the proposed legislations and perhaps suggest some language that would be acceptable and reasonable for public libraries.
  • "NJLA Executive Board Meeting Minutes," by NJLA Executive Board, New Jersey Library Association, 26 July 2011, and note the collusion to teach library trustees the opposite of US v. ALA that says a library is not an open public forum:
    Pat T. reported that she was interviewed by News 12 NJ on an issue involving a complaint by a patron that her child saw “pornography” at a local library. Pat was subsequently asked to do a follow-up segment with Dan Kleinman from an organization called Safelibraries. Pat felt that it was unnecessary to add anything to her original statement. Pat expressed concern regarding this push for “follow-up”. Mary R. commented that it is a complicated issue because a public library is a democratic institution, committed to freedom of speech and freedom of information, while at the same time it serves different constituencies. A public library is a public space with both youth and adult areas. The public at large does not always understand that a public library is an open institution and not necessarily safe.

    Allen expressed concern regarding the trustee point of view. It is important to educate board members before there is any issue. Mary R. pointed out that it is also important to build relationships with officials who support freedom of speech and open access. Eileen P. suggested giving a “heads-up” to the Intellectual Freedom committee. Susan O. suggested that the Intellectual Freedom committee be asked to put together a template for educating board members. Eileen P. thought that Pat was correct in how she handled the situation. The board agreed.
  • "Public Information Office Second Quarter 2011 Media/Social Media Report, EBD #12.35, 2010-2011," by ALA Executive Board, American Library Association, 20 May 2011:
    Negative coverage during the quarter was minimal with 130 articles.  The majority of the coverage was fueled by which featured rants regarding ALA's policies on censorship and Internet filtering. 
  • "Public Information Office First Quarter 2011 Media/Social Media Report, EBD #12.16, 2010-2011, [Midwinter 2011 Media Report]," by ALA Executive BoardAmerican Library Association, 10 March 2011 (emphasis in original):
    Other negative coverage was produced by Dan Kleinman of Safelibraries and other conservative groups.  Posts attacked ALA's position on the worker's rights which was fueled by a statement released by ALA President Roberta Stevens regarding Wisconsin protests.
  • "Raising the Chorus: CLA Presentation Nov2010," by Amy SonnieCalifornia Library Association, 14 November 2010:

    Presentation by Author/Librarian Amy Sonnie - notice legitimate observation sourced to a leading industry journal is "targeting" and a school book involving "lengthy, vivid descriptions of a ménage à trois" is "information."
  • "Booklist Webcast - Defending the Right to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week Featuring Special Guest Judy Blume", by ALA Publishing, American Library Association, 28 September 2010, wherein SafeLibraries and Dan Kleinman are named at about 55:50 to 56:15, by speaker Kristin Pekoll, Young-Adult Librarian, West Bend Memorial Library, West Bend, WI.
  • "Video from Annual Conference:  IF Issues Briefing," by Angela MaycockOIF Blog, 13 August 2010, speech by Dee Venuto names SafeLibraries as changing the library profession at about times 1:04:54 to 1:05:26.
  • "TOP 10 THINGS I LEARNED AT FLA," by Stacy Alesi (The Book Bitch)BookBitchBlog, 12 April 2010.  (She also writes for ALA's Booklist).
  • "YALSA Board of Directors Meeting Conference Call, Item #6, Summer 2009," by YALSA Board of Directors, American Library Association, 25 August 2009.
  • "Youth First Amendment Court Case and Link," by Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Esq, Acting Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom (letter from ALA to West Bend Community Memorial Library), American Library Association, 1 June 2009:
    Also, here is a link to another blog you may find useful (I did, of course!)
  • "ALA American Library Association 2007-2008 Annual Report," by American Library AssociationAmerican Library Association, 2008, p.25.  "A Great Big Thank You ...; ... Library Advocates; ... Individuals; ... Dan Kleinman...."


The Blaze magazine, cover, March 2012

Library and Other Schools:

USA Today
19 Aug 2011
  • "Chatham Man's Website Takes On Library Offerings; Provides Advice to Those Questioning Books' Content," by Matt Manochio, Daily Record, 12 December 2010, p.A1. 
  • "Still Arrogant, Still Wrong," by Editorial, The Daily Herald, 3 December 2010.
  • "Those Challenging Books Find Strength in Numbers," by Didi Tang and Mary Beth Marklein, USA Today, 1 December 2010 (updated 6 December), p.3A.
  • "Banned Book To Be Read at Show," by Jim Walsh, Courier Post, 20 August 2010.
    Dan Kleinman, a Morris County-based "safe library" activist who backs [library director Gail] Sweet's decision, said the protesters were well-intended but mistaken.

    "Libraries may remove books for legitimate reasons," he said.

    "I think it's great what they are doing," Kleinman said of the performers.  "They're standing up against what they believe is book-banning and censorship.  It's not, but that's what they believe it is."
  • "Hen Hud:  Court Order May Be Required," by Barbara Livingston Nackman, The Journal News, 31 October 2009. 
    Public libraries and police are both funded by and created to serve the public, said Dan Kleinman of

    "In this case all they need to [do] is give the police permission to look at the computer they already have in their possession," Kleinman said.  "This isn't invading anyone's privacy.  They are all on the same team.  Libraries are formed by charter to serve a particular purpose.  Child pornography is not usually one of these purposes."
  • "Librarians' Code Does Not Allow Censorship," by Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register, 22 October 2009. 
    Dan Kleinman, a New Jersey resident who operates a blog and Web site that focuses on national library association policies that he says put questionable material in the hands of young people, said Cheshire residents seeking to ban the book would be better served working toward changing the library's policies, which Harten said don't permit the Library Board or any of the town's elected leaders to overrule her decision.

    "These people don't have to be in the situation they're in," Kleinman said.   "Maybe the policy should be changed.  Even the ALA's guidelines don't recommend giving a library director that much power."

  • "Read! Speak! Know! — While You Still Can …," by Paulette D. Kilmer, Toledo Free Press, 25 September 2009.
  • "US Libraries Hit Back Over Challenges to Kids Books, by AFP, Khaleej Times, 7 September 2009.
  • "US Libraries Hit Back Over Challenges to Kids Books," by Sara Hussein, Agence France-Presse [AFP], 6 September 2009, emphasis mine. 

    Dan Kleinman, who runs the website, says his concerns are with the sort of sexual content found in "Gossip Girls."

    "It is wrong to say that children should not have books because the Earth is not older than 6000 years.  It is wrong to say children should not have books because there's witchcraft in them.   This is silly," he told AFP, referring to some of the arguments put forward by religious fundamentalists.

    But, he says, "some books have explicit, very detailed sexual conduct that is not of a teaching nature... it's just inappropriate for children."

    Kleinman, whose website is a clearing house for information about challenging books, insists that he does not want to see books banned, but says there is a legitimate legal basis for restricting children's access to sexually explicit material in libraries.

    "All I'm seeking is application of existing law," he said, drawing a parallel between explicit websites or films and literature.

    Kleinman accuses the ALA of hyperbole in celebrating Banned Books Week.  "The whole purpose of Banned Books Week is to provide this kind of misinformation," he said.  "The ALA misleads people into thinking that if you keep an inappropriate book from a child that is considered censorship.  It is not."

    See also, "É.-U. : Deux Papas Pingouins Gays Déchaînent les Passions," and "O Carte Pentru Copii Despre Doi Pinguini Homosexuali, Stârneste Controverse în SUA," etc.
  • "Librarians:  Throw The Book At 'Em," by Don Corrigan, Editor-in-Chief, South County Times, 26 September 2008.
  • "Who's Controlling County Libraries:  Taxpayers or the ALA?  New Teen Sections at County Libraries Stocked with Sexually Explicit Materials," by Dan Kleinman, St. Louis MetroVoice, 21 August 2008.
  • "Letters:  Board Bans Junk Food, But Not Racy Books," by Guy Hegg, Appleton Post-Crescent, 29 May 2008.
  • "Library Seeks Porn Parity," by Sarah Portlock, The Brooklyn Paper, 17 May 2008.
  • "Librarian in Nation's Headlines; Lindsay Firing Sparks Debate on News Sites and Among Bloggers," by David Castellon, Visalia Times-Delta; Tulare Advance-Register, 18 March 2008.
  • "Library Filtering Legislation Needed," by Dan Kleinman, Chicago Daily Herald, 21 February 2008.
  • "Another Book Stirs Suitability Debate," by John J. Hopkins, Cheektowaga Times (NY), 17 January 2008.
  • "Penguin Papas Lead a List of Literary Controversies; The Most Challenged Book of 2006 is About Two Male Birds Who Adopt an Egg Together," by Stevenson SwansonLos Angeles Times, 7 October 2007.
  • "Activists Debate Seized Book," by Lydia Seabol Avant, Tuscaloosa News, 1 October 2007.

Trade Journals:

  • "Comment Enabled; Most Oppose Explicit Books," by Dan KleinmanAmerican Libraries, July/August 2011, p.11.
  • "Perceptions of Self and the 'Other': An Analysis of Challenges to And Tango Makes Three," by Marta L. Magnuson, American Library Association, 12 May 2011, updated 10 October 2011.  Note:  This article was changed to remove the false claim that I sought to censor And Tango Makes Three.  See "On Getting Lumped In With Others; And SafeLibraries Makes Three."
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  • "Book Banners Find Power in Numbers," by American Library AssociationNewsletter on Intellectual Freedom, LX:3 (May 2011).
    Yet websites like and have become the vanguard for organized attempts to ban books from public libraries and school curricula.
  • "Libraries and Porn Privacy," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 27 April 2011.
  • "Los Angeles Libraries Grapple With Online Pornography," by Gary Price, Library Journal, 13 April 2011.
  • "School Book Challenges Increasingly Organized Efforts," by American Library Association, Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, LX:2 (March 2011).
    But while challenges once were mostly launched by a lone parent, Caldwell-Stone has noticed "an uptick in organized efforts" to remove books from public and school libraries.  A number of challenges appear to draw from information provided on websites such as Parents Against Bad Books in Schools, or, and
  • "ALA News; Book Banners are Finding Power in Numbers," by AL Direct, American Libraries, 16 February 2011
  • "Chapter 4: Internet Filtering," by Sarah Houghton-Jan, Library Technology Reports 46:8, November-December 2010:
    Finally, the influence of outside lobbying groups on local Internet filtering policies in libraries should not be understated.  Some groups, such as the Values Advocacy Council and, have local affiliate organizations and members that try to get Internet filters into local school and public libraries.  These groups can provide local politicians in their like-minded political party with template proposals for Internet filtering ballot measures, city council resolutions, policy changes, and so on.  This often provides the politician, in his or her mind, with a clear winning platform for the next election.  These prewritten policy-change templates require the politician to insert only his or her city, school, or county name.  With such an easily presented fast lane to election supremacy, libraries and intellectual freedom advocates must stand vigilant and constantly remind politicians that their constituents include people who believe in the right of choice, not only people who believe in their right to remove everyone else's choice.
  • "ALA in the Airport?," by Annoyed LibrarianLibrary Journal, 15 November 2010.
  • "Handling a Book Challenge in Today's World," by Barbara J. Morse (Director of the Leesburg Public Library), Florida Libraries (Florida Library Association), Spring 2010, 53:1, pp.10-11.
  • "Libraries Fight Challenges to Graphic Novels," by Brigid Alverson, Publishers Weekly, 27 April 2010:
    Most challenges are brought by parents and grandparents, or adult community members who happen to stumble on a book in the library, Caldwell-Stone said, but there are also organized groups, using names like "family friendly," "citizens for decency," or "safe libraries."  "[They] say they are there to protect kids, that they are there to protect parents' rights to raise their kids the way they see fit, and they think this gives them the right to dictate what is in the library," she said.  "They can often take a challenge in a community where a concern is raised by a single parent and blow it up into a major conflagration."
  • "ALA Event Meet West Bend Community Library Supporters," by Diane Chen, School Library Journal, 30 June 2009.
  • "Wisconsin Library Challenge Heats Up," by Debra Lau Whelan, School Library Journal, 7 May 2009.
  • "Privacy, Shmivacy," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 9 February 2009.
  • "Obama Wants Your Library Records," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 21 January 2009.

Talk Radio:
Dr. Gina Loudon
  • "The Dr. Gina Show," guest Dan Kleinman, 101 WYDE FM, 17 August 2011.
    Dr. Gina Show - Guest Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries - 17 August 2011 Hr 2 Seg 3
  • "The Joe Crummey Show," caller Dan from Chatham, WABC 770AM, 27 June 2011.
    .... Also the topic of pornography being available in a public library has come up again, only this time in New Jersey.  Still doesn't seem right that you can access porn in a library, so why hasn't it been prevented?  That and more on today's Crummey Show.  [This call is related to "Access to Pornography at Libraries Raises Concerns," by Matt Murphy, News12 NJ, 25 June 2011.]
  • "Laura Kostial — Bad Books in Libraries — 3-8-08 (part 1)," by Laura Kostial with Dan Kleinman as a caller, Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly, 8 March 2008.
  • "Laura Kostial — Bad Books in Libraries — 3-8-08 (part 2)," by Laura Kostial with Dan Kleinman as a caller, Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly, 8 March 2008.
  • "Download MP3 Tue 08/21/2007 Hour #1:  Dan Kleinman, and Karen Lukes (parent) re:  Followup on 8/7/2007 District No. 126 (Alsip & Oak Lawn)," by host Sandy Rios, guest Karen Lukes, guest Dan Kleinman, The Sandy Rios Show, 21 August 2007.
  • "Download MP3 Tue 08/07/2007 Hour #2:  Dan Kleinman, re:  Profane books for students in Cook County School District No. 126 (Alsip & Oak Lawn, IL)," by host Sandy Rios, guest Karen Lukes, guest Dan Kleinman, The Sandy Rios Show, 8 August 2007. 

    Author Blogs:

    Experts (Not Already Listed Elsewhere):

    Library Blogs:

    ALA Distribution Lists:
    • "ALA Reply to ‘ALA Supports Orland Park Public Library Stance on Viewing Porn," by Sean O'ConnorChicago Libraries Examiner, 7 November 2013.   Contains a letter from ALA's Deborah Caldwell-Stone discussing what I said in the Chicago Tribune but not mentioning me by name.
    • "[lita-l] Re: Re: Re: Re: ALAConnect & 8bitlibrary," by LaVerne PoussaintDeepMed Library, 22 August 2011.

      • From: LaVerne Poussaint
      • To: ""
      • Cc:
      • Subject: [lita-l] Re: Re: Re: Re: ALAConnect & 8bitlibrary
      • Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:03:41 -0700 (PDT)

      And the upshot of it all is that I'm as queer and unconventional as they come; so for me to up-in-arms on the matter really should give the group room for serious pause. [You can quote me on that].

      Skype: deepmedlibrary
      Twitter: DeepMed Library

      --- On Mon, 8/22/11,  wrote:

      Subject: Re: [lita-l] Re: Re: Re: ALAConnect & 8bitlibrary
      To: LaVerne Poussaint [email elided]
      Date: Monday, August 22, 2011, 12:15 PM

      Like the Annoyed Librarian says, the ALA's freedom of speech is the freedom to speak and think like them.  All else are cut off.



      On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM, LaVerne Poussaint <email elided> wrote:
      Lack of "civility" is what generated the postings in the first place. 

      My point has not been lost as the content has now been removed. Ça y est!

      I'll have no need or desire to ever engage again with that group.

      Done deal.
    • "[lita-l] 2nd Federal 'Sexual Hostilities in Worplace' Lawsuit Filed by Library Workers," by LaVerne Poussaint, DeepMed Library, 22 August 2011.
      From: LaVerne Poussaint
      Subject: [lita-l] 2nd Federal 'Sexual Hostilities in Worplace' Lawsuit Filed by Library Workers
      Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:41:52 -0700 (PDT)

      For the clueless [regarding ALA members attacking LaVerne and calling for censoring her: - definitely an eye-opening read]:

      Why are you still sending e-mails to me on civil discourse?

      How has it transpired that my opposition to the crude and illegal fellatio uploads [to an ALA message board] now turns on the false fulcrum of my lack of "civility" and not upon a focus of the heterosexual male prerogative [yes, I must "go there"] which considered it suitable to penetrate and push pass the boundaries of professionalism in such a way?

      I would not deign to upload a cunnilingus graphic on ALAConnect.  Why?  Because there should be boundaries.  My private propensities are mine alone - and those with whom I share particular pleasures.

      The selfsame dynamic evidenced on ALAConnect is what has been now forced before the Bench and Bar.  The Library Foundations are now party to the suits as enablers and facilitators; those mandated with representing the interests of the library workers are defendants, not plaintiffs.

      Let us no longer pretend that this is about lack of my manners; there's something far more subtle and malicious going on here.

      ...And if you think what was written is lacking in civility, your ears would burn if you heard what I'm actually thinking.

    • "[ifaction] FW: Book Banners Finding Power in Numbers: Miller-McCune," by Deborah Caldwell-Stone, American Library Association, 11 February 2011.
    • "[alacoun] Re: RE: We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Diedre Conkling, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
    • "[alacoun] RE: We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Christopher F. Bowen, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
    • "[alacoun] RE: We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Patrick Sweeney, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
    • "[alacoun] We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Christopher F. Bowen, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
    • "YALSA Board of Directors Meeting Conference Call," by YALSAAmerican Library Association, 25 August 2009.
    • "[alacoun] those who don't like intellectual freedom," by Carrie Gardner, American Library Association, 22 April 2009.
    • "[alacoun] RE: Censorship Issue," by James Casey, American Library Association, 5 August 2008.
    • "[alacoun] RE: [Fwd: [SafeLibraries] American Troops Defamed by ALA Councilor Peter McDonald]," by James Casey, American Library Association, 27 June 2008.
    • "[alacoun] [Fwd: [SafeLibraries] American Troops Defamed by ALA Councilor Peter McDonald]," by Peter McDonald, American Library Association, 26 June 2008.
    • "[ALACOUN:19056] Re: The invented 'Scrotum controversy'?," by Therese Bigelow, American Library Association, 28 February 2007.
    • "[ALACOUN:19052] Re: The invented 'Scrotum controversy'?," by Steve Matthews, American Library Association, 28 February 2007:
      Since I have now had a request for an interview from Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries, I am more convinced that Councilor Rosenzweig may indeed be right about the ideological conspiracy although I am sure that this incident is far more complicated than that, but SafeLibraries is a smear of major proportions.   I responded to Mr. Kleinman's request for an interview with the following:

      Mr. Kleinman:  Of course not.  Your organized effort to trash public and school libraries and create a climate of fear disgusts me.  You are as disingenuous and sensationalistic as the supermarket tabloids.  Your real agenda is to destroy the whole concept of the public library and to render school libraries ineffective and ultimately worthless.  You have a right to your opinion, but I’m not interested in being a part of your destructive and misguided zealotry.

      If you have not taken a look at recently, you should.  I stand corrected if I downplayed the persistent efforts of the fringe, Councilor Rosenzweig, we have everything to fear.  And to all councilors, don't forget about that check to the Freedom to Read Foundation.  Now more than ever.
    • "[ALACOUN:17466] RE: Finding a website," by James Casey, American Library Association, 22 March 2006.
    • "[ALACOUN:16498] RE: New Censorship Website," by Jessamyn West, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
    • "[ALACOUN:16497] RE: New Censorship Website," by James Casey, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
    • "[ALACOUN:16496] RE: New Censorship Website," by Jim Rettig, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
    • "[ALACOUN:16494] New Censorship Website," by James Casey, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
      Oak Lawn resident Mark Decker has been on a campaign since March 2005 to remove Playboy magazine from our Oak Lawn Public Library.  He has thus far been unsuccessful.  Our Board voted unanimously to retain that title in our collection on June 21.  This was publicized heavily in the Chicago area.  The issue hasn't "gone away" as Decker began lobbying our Village government, has broadened his focus to filtering issues and expanded his demands for removal of other "indecent" titles.  Most recently, he and his supporters launched a website.  ALA and the ACLU are among the chief targets of this site.  Several "ALA-Indoctrinated" Librarians are named in various sections, but the chief target of the authors seems to be Judith Krug.  "Now we come to the ALA.  While the ALA has a president elected yearly, the top dog at the ALA is someone working tirelessly, year after year, with ten of thousands of supporters and millions and millions in funding, to ensure, among other goals, children maintain access to pornography."

      If Judith Krug is really the "top dog" of ALA, maybe she should get a raise!

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    • "^ This is Edited for," by Jon, 19 August 2011:

    • "Supreme Court: Appeals To Children Unlawful; Politicians, Drug War Jeopardized," by Travis Cobb,, 4 July 2011.
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, it is unlawful to make public appeals to children’s interest or child safety without evidence.

      The ruling was the result of the National Youth Cooperative v. U.S. case.  Minors of varying ages were outraged by the numerous appeals to their welfare made by politicians and parent groups without first consulting them, leading children to seek legal counsel and file numerous lawsuits.

      The courts ruling has also affected many parent groups and censorship organizations as well. says that “without the ability to use children to ban books and achieve our agenda, we feel like our freedom of speech is being taken from us.”

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