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Thursday, June 11, 2009

WB Resident stated Freedom of Speech does not mean "Free-for-all"

In today's WBDN, Opinion page..

In the Daily News’ June 3 article concerning the Library Board meeting, Barbara
Deters, board president, points out that “the library already separates
books by age ... and that all young adult books have a bright yellow label
with the initials YA.”

Three paragraphs farther into the article, board member Patti Geidel says,
“moving, removing or labeling books is a form of censorship.”

In essence, we have the verification by two board members that by
separating and labeling books, as currently practiced by the library, we have
been censoring the books all along. Patti Geidel goes on
to say that she believes in intellectual freedom for everyone.

I, too, believe in intellectual freedom for everyone. I am reminded of what
the late champion for freedom Pope John Paul II said on the subject:

“Finally, true freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which
confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever and which and in the name
of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom
to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference to moral
values, and to say that society does not have to ensure the protection and
advancement of ethical values. Such an attitude is destructive of freedom and

1 comment:

Eric Houg said...

The comment from the pope is typical of these sort of religious facists. 'You are free to do what I and my particular religious denomination aprove of but nothing else.'

Freedom means FREEDOM. So long as I am not injuring the person or property of another person, it is none of your business.

True freedom is messy and it lets me do things that I like but that you disapprove of. In return, I give the same deference to you.

Please note, that this does not include minor children and that I do not have a problem with the current labeling system on books. But the efforts to expand this are a wedge to try to censor and remove books that certain busy-bodies dislike.