Brent Bozell

Immediately, one wonders: Who were the two who felt it appropriate to display this garbage in a public library, in front of children?

No matter. That split decision was quickly overturned. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho sent a threatening letter to the library on Aug. 25 demanding that the books be put back on display since any restriction on graphic sex books "violates the constitutional rights of library visitors." The library board unanimously caved to the demand, since the city attorney warned that it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight the deep-pocketed "anti-censorship" bullies.

It's apparently now a national consensus that any taxpayer challenge to a taxpayer-funded librarian's unilateral decision "violates the constitutional rights of library visitors." The librarian's original decision to stock the books and display them, in Nampa or anywhere else, is never to be questioned. But if the librarian chooses not to select and display a title, then apparently the constitutional rights of library visitors are never violated.

It's that time of year when the American Library Association hosts Banned Books Week and many libraries schedule events where "banned" books are proudly read aloud. Let's hope none of those self-congratulating First Amendment guardians will read the aforementioned "Sex with Animals" section of Nampa's most favored sex book.

But perhaps it's time for someone to make a list of the Most Ignored Books by librarians. It might make interesting reading to see what public libraries never choose to display. With an estimated 170,000 new books in the United States each year, the librarians are "censoring" an enormous amount of material. Not only that, they're regularly removing books from the shelves for being out of date or suffering from a low check-out rate. Aren't they doing a lot more book disposal than any censorious citizen with an imaginary book-burning torch?

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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