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posted Jul 20, 2017, 10:22 AM by Tyler Wilmoth   [ updated Jul 20, 2017, 10:51 AM ]
It is our jobs as librarians to lead people to information and provide them information. We may not "agree" with the information which the patrons are seeking, but nonetheless, we cannot restrict access to these materials. Obviously, there are some things that need to be blocked in libraries, such as pornography, and I feel that this is pretty universal. Religion, as stated, is one of those very sensitive subjects and it has caused people to do crazy things. But, we cannot just restrict access to religions we do not agree with as was the case in this story. There are instances, such as the poisonous snake handling incident with the children where the government had to intervene because their religion was actually putting children in harm's way. However, that was a very extreme case and I do not feel that this person wanting to research Wicca was putting anyone in harms way or doing anything to affect anyone in any way. The librarian in question was absolutely in the wrong as I feel it was not her place to decide that those sites should be blocked, especially from someone that did legitimately want to research. She had stated she would allow someone to view the content if she deemed it necessary, but it sounds to me like it was something she disagreed with and she was not going to allow anyone to see the blocked sites on her watch.

Post Reference: http://www.aclu.org/religion-belief/hunter-v-salem-public-library-board-trustees