A pro-family attorney is decrying a bad decision by the Council Bluffs, Iowa, library board and inaccurate reporting by a local television station -- both related to pornography in a local public library.
After a local mother complained about her 14-year-old daughter being exposed to pornography at the Council Bluffs public library, Omaha TV station KMTV sent its Action News reporter, Molli Graham, to investigate.
"That's right, a trip to the Council Bluffs public library landed Patty Lyon's daughter next to a man surfing porn," Graham reported. "Turns out in Council Bluffs, there are no protective filters. Some of those filters end up blocking out health and other useful sites, so the library board voted no."
But Pat Trueman, special counsel to the Alliance Defense Fund and former chief obscenity prosecutor for the Justice Department, says that is not accurate.
"That's a ruse that the American Library Association, which is very pro-pornography and always files lawsuits against the federal government to try to keep pornography widely available, ...put[s] forward to scare libraries out of having filters," states Trueman.
"Reality today, as people who have filters on their home computers know, is that most filters are virtually 100-percent accurate. They keep the porn out. They allow you to get to regular websites...."
The station also reported that there is no law banning porn in public libraries -- another inaccurate aspect of the KMTV news report, says Trueman.
''There's a federal Children's Internet Protection Act that says if you want federal funds, you must keep pornography off the screens of your computers in the library and public school," the attorney explains. "Council Bluffs apparently thought pornography is more important than the money."
But Trueman wonders if the taxpayers or library patrons in Council Bluffs would agree that allowing porn to be accessible is more important than having money to fund the public library system.
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