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Wisconsin Library Censors Showing of Pro-Life Film in 'Public Meeting Room'
Thomas More Society attorneys issued a letter today to Marathon County library officials demanding that the library rescind its decision to cancel a showing by the Wausau "40 Days for Life" group of the pro-life documentary, "Blood Money." The director of the library, Ralph Illick, had cancelled the showing of the movie in one of the library's "public meeting rooms," because he determined that the film's topic -- abortion -- would "interfere with normal use of our library."
"Having to demand that a library not engage in censorship is outrageous," said Peter Breen, executive director and legal counsel for the Thomas More Society. "The library's own policy declares that meeting rooms are to be allocated without regard to the beliefs of those using the rooms, but here, the sincerely held religious beliefs of Wausau '40 Days for Life' that all life is sacred has barred this group from use of these...
Lincoln Library (Trustees?) wrote: 6. While collections for adults and children are housed in separate areas, the library staff will not:
act in loco parentis censor or label materials in such a way that patrons may be predisposed against them restrict access to library materials because of race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status.
Parents are the appropriate judges for their own children's library materials, and staff members encourage those who wish to supervise their children's borrowing to accompany them on library visits
the Board of Trustees wrote: 6. The Lincoln Public Library will not allow outside groups of individuals to disseminate inappropriate partisan or religious materials at the library facility.
So, what the library in question is doing is probably common practice for almost any public library in the country.