American Library Association Quote

“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack… These actions apparently arise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals.”

~ American Library Association

The Freedom to Read Statement, 2000

Ratings and Comments

Dale Morfey, Fort Smith, AR

Freedom should never be equated with license. This quote seems to give license to the pornographers. Such a dismissive attitude towards the protection of, and encouragement of, good morals - justly deserves the condemnation of all. Censorship is not a four letter word and communities have the right to guard their moral standards. I wonder of the competency of an organization that in error calls America a democracy. This quote seems only to compound their ignorance.

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Anonymous    5/27/05

There are a great number of religious zealots who would not only burn books but people in defense of 'morality'. Pictures of the naked human body are not 'obscene' or 'immoral'. The same First Amendment that protects religionists writings and pictures protects everyone else's rights as well. "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." The government has not been given the power to censor or prohibit speech -- period. Whether a citizen can handle the sight of a penis is not the government's concern. Licenses are only required to break the law -- there is no law to break, so no license is required. Libraries need no license to operate.

Joe, Rochester, MI

1. We are a republic, not a democracy! 2. A well read Public, being necessary to the education of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read Books, shall not be infringed.


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