Sexual harassment is wrong as is working in a hostile work environment. Librarians, library employees and patrons are forced to endure that when libraries allow unfettered Internet viewing that is against the law but that the powerful American Library Association says is intellectual freedom. Learn more here.
This article comes from "It's Just Linda"
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Illinois HB 2689 to Protect Librarians from Sexual Harassment
|Rep. Peter Breen|
Illinois HB 2689 (link) "[c]reates the Internet Screening in Public Libraries Act." Its sponsor, Rep. Peter Breen (link), designed the bill to, among other things, protect librarians from being sexually harassed and having to work in a hostile work environment that is the direct result of library patrons viewing unfiltered pornography including child pornography.
Internet Screening in Public Libraries Act: HB 2689 requires internet filters on public library computers to prevent the viewing of hard-core pornography on those computers. Breen emphatically stated that, “I’ve heard from many moms over the years that adult men are regularly viewing hard-core pornography on public library computers, in full view of children and others. This is an abuse of taxpayer resources and creates a hostile environment for public library employees and patrons. No child should have to walk past obscene and abusive material in order to take advantage of the educational opportunities available at their public library.”
- Source: "Breen Files First Bills Promoting Individual Freedom and Open Government," by Illinois Review, Illinois Review, 19 February 2015.
No doubt the American Library Association [ALA] and the Illinois Library Association [ILA] will work to see the defeat of this bill because promoting child pornography (link) and "constitutionally protected" pornography (link) trumps protecting librarians from sexual harassment and having to work in a hostile work environment. Indeed, ALA recently revealed that librarians have never been sexually harassed and likely never will be (link). To admit otherwise is to admit its own policy applied locally is at fault.
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