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Suit filed over blocking of religious content

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posted on Jan, 4 2012 @ 08:42 AM
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Suit filed over blocking of religious content


www.stltoday.com

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday against a small Missouri town's public library, claiming it unconstitutionally blocks access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions.

The suit said some religions were labeled "occult" or even "criminal."
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posted on Jan, 4 2012 @ 08:42 AM
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Apparently Anaka Hunter of Salem, Missouri was researching information about her Native American roots on the internet, but access to the sites she wished to view was blocked. The library has stated that they were unable to provide their own filtering system.

We live in a world where there are many religions and beliefs. Blocking information of this type is a violation of one's freedom of religion. The library being in a small, rural town is not an excuse for not allowing people access to information regarding their religion. Most lawsuits today are a waste of time and tax payers money, but this is one case that I will support.

People should have the right to information, and if the information is not of an illegal nature, it should be accessable to everyone. Location is no excuse.

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posted on Jan, 4 2012 @ 08:45 AM
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Addition information regarding this lawsuit:

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in St. Louis on behalf of Anaka Hunter, a resident of Salem, a largely Christian community of about 5,000 residents in the Missouri Ozarks. It claims that Hunter was trying to do research at the Salem Public Library but filtering software blocked access to many sites about religions such as Wicca, an earth-based religion, derived from pre-Christian religions and magical practices that promote a peaceful and balanced lifestyle. Hunter was also unable to access sites about Native American Religions.


Federal law requires public libraries to use filtering software that blocks access to sites with explicit, pornographic and adult content. The ACLU suit claims the Salem library went too far, though, in blocking information about religion.


Hunter said in a statement through the ACLU, "It's unbelievable that I should have to justify why I want to access completely harmless websites on the Internet simply because they discuss a minority viewpoint. It's wrong and demeaning to deny access to this kind of information."


It seems clear to me that the information being blocked was primarily of religions other than Christian. There should be freedom for all religions, not just the ones that are popular in a specific location.
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posted on Jan, 4 2012 @ 09:12 AM
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by posiden's trident,and by thors hammer! what is going on? for all the small town hicks out there, OCCULT is a greek word that means HIDDEN! that means if your too much of a knucklehead,you don't deserve,or haven't earned the right to know this knowledge!
i feel for this person who was blocked from the occult because of christianity.(christianinsanity!)
what,is this the inquisition all over again?!!! lets swim the witch!!!

while were at it,that inuit religion really pisses me off! good thing we fixed those native americans! and those hindus,what are they thinking?ya you got the oldest written religion in the world,but Jesus came and fixed everything! don't get me started on Buddah,and all his crazy sayings!
ONE GOD,MANY NAMES!
again i'll quote from the great Bob Marley: MIGHTY GOD IS LIVING MAN!
peace on earth



posted on Jan, 4 2012 @ 10:55 AM
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The suit said the software classified sites related to Native American culture and Wiccan faith in the blocked category "criminal skills." But Wofford said the software was provided by the University of Missouri and the library had no control over how it labels content.

"The Salem library is a small, rural library," Wofford said. "We're unable to provide our own filtering system."


Seems to me that the first course of action prior to lawsuit would be to ask the U of M to step in and instruct the librarians on how to fix their filtering. It is quite obviously broken. At that point, the problem is either fixed or they have ammunition for use in court that the library is intentionally filtering this stuff out.



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