For The sake of our Children, Library Confidentiality Regulations must go! By Marie Jon’ and Erik Rush
WBBM-TV, the Chicago CBS news affiliate broadcast a story on November 3, 2006 followed by a synopsis on their website entitled “Your Library May Be A Safe Haven For Criminals; Library Confidential: Police Say Library Law Hinders Their Ability To Nab Offenders”. The story focused on the little-known law that has media attention, but only from conscientious, non-mainstream journalists.
The station’s story focused on a Naperville, Ill. incident in which one Richard Blaszak was observed inappropriately touching himself at the Naperville library on more than one occasion. Finally, police were called.
Alas, Blaszak had left the premises by the time police arrived. This technicality provided for his protection under the State’s Library Confidentiality Act, a law that has been adopted by many states in accord with The American Library Association’s (ALA; http://www.ala.org) “Library Bill of Rights”, adopted in 2002.
Consider, if you will, of what the "Library Bill of Rights" consists:
The Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
These “rights” of which the ALA speaks were initially proposed based on the familiar convoluted progressive logic respecting the First Amendment. You may remember that it became controversial during discussion of the Patriot Act (again, note that the ALA Bill of Rights was adopted in 2002), when the ALA and progressive activists painted pictures of Imperial Stormtroopers kicking in doors and demanding to know why innocent high school students were checking out books on hydroponics and nuclear energy.
To those in the know, it has become apparent that The American Library Association (“the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members”, according to its website) is a progressive organization at best. At worst, it is dangerously far-Left. Its “Bill of Rights” is a sham, of course, inasmuch as all it has served to do is protect the privacy of individuals with malicious intent.
The ALA Bill of Rights came to light, albeit not a very bright one when in 2000, the parents of 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley filed a lawsuit against the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and the group's Internet service provider, accusing both with wrongful death in the murder of their son by pedophiles.
In 1997, Curley was picked up by two men who took the boy to the Boston Public Library where one accessed NAMBLA's website. Later, when the men attempted to sexually assault Curley and met resistance, they choked him to death using a gasoline-soaked rag.
The perpetrators of this crime also fell under state “Library Bill of Rights” protections. One wonders why the Boston Public Library wasn’t named in the lawsuit, as they richly deserved to be.
NAMBLA’s mission statement says the group “supports the rights of all people to engage in consensual relations, and we oppose laws which destroy loving relationships merely on the basis of the age of the participants.” It is obviously a criminal outfit, but the ALA and many progressives evidently don’t see it that way.
The crime rate in our libraries is not being reported to us by the media nearly enough.
WBBM-TV and CBS reporter Dave Savini put the spotlight on the problem. Let’s commend him for a fine job. He is a real hero for alerting those who had the opportunity to watch his special.
Many Americans already know that sex offender registries are a joke.
In addition to having written for WEBCommentary, Marie's writings have appeared on many sites, including The New Media Journal, ChronWatch, and Commonconservative, to name a few. Marie is no longer writing online commentary.
Marie's refreshing and spirited point of view is reflected in her writings, genuine and spiritual opinions regarding God and his teachings. Marie is a practicing Christian, a nurse, a student of the Bible, and a patriot. Many of Marie's articles are a reflection of her great admiration for those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is an advocate for the troops, as well as the Blue and Gold Star Mothers of America, and their families. Marie has appeared as a guest with political talk show host Bruce Elliott on WBAL-1090 AM.