Here’s a Good One – Suing a Library for Not Having Porn

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Yes, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing a Washington state library for not having online access to pornography.

At the Wenatchee public library in Wanatchee, Washington, anyone who logs on to a library computer and types “porn” into the computer’s search engine will be thoroughly disappointed. The computer will conduct the search as if the word “porn” didn’t exist and bring up the other search results. It will also block other websites like YouTube and Google Images from showing up in the results.

To be honest, I never thought of a library being a popular place to watch porn…

Apparently the members of the North Central Regional Library board are the “meanies” in this situation, since other libraries have unlimited access to their Internet. “We believe having pornography in public places hurts our ability to accomplish our mission,” Dan Howard, director of public services, told Seattle’s King 5 TV. Places like the Seattle Public Library allow full access to the Internet (even though women have complained about men watching porn in front of their kids.)

The case will be decided in federal court, with the ACLU is representing three individuals (including a student who couldn’t use the library to complete a class assignment and a photographer who couldn’t get to a photo gallery) and a nonprofit organization. Their argument is that the censorship is an “overly-broad filtering system.”

So what do you guys think? Should a public library stick to providing favorable information, or should you be allowed to watch whatever you want to?

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