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“Banned Books Week” is September 25 – October 1 this year. BBW is a program originated by The American Library Association “Office for Intellectual Freedom,” which purports to protect threatened books from attempts at suppression.The ALA website states:
The ALA promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
It is difficult to imagine that members of this venerable organization are themselves attempting to suppress the release and distribution of a book—but that is exactly what is happening.
“Shut Up!” is causing quite a stir in the library community. They are so desperate for you not to read it they have begun a campaign to leave fake negative reviews on Amazon. Nice going, librarians. Way to stay classy. From HillBuzz:
This is sickening (but thankfully Amazon.com ultimately did something about it).
Members of the ALA Think Tank (a Facebook group that Barbara M. Jones — the former Director of the ALA’s Orwellian-sounding Office for Intellectual Freedom — had used during her tenure to direct ALA members to do her bidding) openly talked about tanking the debut of SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment by writing negative reviews for the book on Amazon…without ever reading the book or knowing anything substantive about what was in it. Continue Reading…
Get your copy of “Shut Up! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment” today on Amazon! After almost 3 years of withstanding nonstop attacks from a public body, we came out on the other side and now you can read about every terrible thing the government in Orland Park did to silence whistleblowers!
Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan are releasing their first book, “Shut Up! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment” this May, 2016.
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