I know, it's a day of plenty on the AL. I meant to post that intellectual freedom piece yesterday, and I just couldn't resist this story.
Via LIS News I read an article about a pervert arrested after he was caught masturbating in a public library. From the article:
"It's the library's policy to dismiss someone from the library if a person creates a disturbance, or if a complaint is made.
[Library Director] Hentz said patrons can't be removed simply for looking at adult pornography in the library. She said that would violate First Amendment rights."
I doubted the truth of that statement. My initial reaction was to think Hentz was just an idiot who hadn't actually read the Constitution. Shows what I know. Here's the text of the First Amendment, pulled straight from the copy on Hentz's desk:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and view publicly subsidized pornography in their local library."