Volume 93, Issue 33

Thursday, October 28, 1999


Follies of the Free Press

Freedom won't cover library porn

Freedom won't cover library porn

Re: "1984 or taking responsibility?" Oct. 26

To the Editor:

It seems to me that what is always lost in these debates about freedom of speech and "I have the right to do anything!" is the public's right to direct its tax money.

The public pays for the library terminals and has the right and responsibility to protect children. You have the right to view pornography, but you do not have the right to expose my daughters to it in a public library and you do not have the right to force me to expose my children to risk with my own taxes.

I am not talking about removing Mark Twain and comparing filters to book bans is absurd. We do not need to ban pornography, but anyone wanting to view it can do so at home, a strip bar, porn shop or any other adult establishment.

To argue that we should even think of exposing young children to these materials is a grave indictement against our society – one that places "rights" above the protection of its most vulnerable.

If you wonder what material I am talking about, just go to yahoo and search for BDSM and beastiality. Ask yourself if you want your daughter or her next boyfriend looking at this in the library.

David Brock
BA 1991
Computer Science III

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