Does the ALA acknowledge any moral responsibility to society, other than the Constitutionally protected right to play videogames at public expense? I ask because stories like this expose the amoral reasoning of the ALA. The article reports that a tip by a "librarian" or "library employee" (I wish the news media would ask whether the person had an actual ALA-accreditedMLS so we would know if they were worth bothering about) led to an arrest for child molestation and the possession of child pornography.
From some place called "Burrillville" in some other place called "Rhode Island," we read that the "library employee notified the police after she discovered that Richard A. Gray, of 34B Spring Street, had been trying to engage others in ‘explicitly sexual chat’ on one of the library’s public computers, said the spokesman, Michael Healey."
I can just see the ALA OIF and its minions jumping all over this librarian (or perhaps "librarian"). First, what was she (I’m assuming it’s a she since the story said "librarian" and not "director") doing checking up on these patrons explicitly sexually chatting in the library? Doesn’t she know that this pervert has the same rights we all have, and those rights include explicit sex chat on publicly funded computers? And my goodness, notifying the police? This must have been some wild sex chat!
The Office of Intellectual Freedom believes there’s something "intellectual" about sex chat. Trust me, there’s not. They also believe that viewing pornography on public library computers is somehow connected to the First Amendment, but that’s because they have a special version of the First Amendment. Thus, they would probably condemn this librarian for interfering with the pervert’s rights.
What about the rest of us? Personally, I feel better when perverts and child molesters aren’t sex chatting on library computers, which, by they way, they have no Constitutionally protected right to do. (I’ve read the Constitution, and it’s just not in there.)
The American Library Association would probably condemn the librarian and express its earnest concern that child molesters aren’t given their Constitutional rights to sex chat on the public dime. Since she seemed annoyed about the pervert, the Annoyed Librarian Association will instead raise its collective glass and toast the librarian who helped to discover a child molester.