Monday, June 21, 2004

A Prime Example

If you want to know why I gave this blog the name I did, or thought maybe I was exaggerating, here's a prime example of the current political climate in the library profession. It also helps explain why I am no longer a member of the American Library Association. From an annoncement posted to a library listserv I subscribe to:

Dear Colleagues,

Fahrenheit 9/11 will be shown at ALA in the Auditorium at the Convention Center, Sunday night, June 27, at 10 pm.

There will be a $10 donation that will go to ALA's efforts in the areas of the First Amendment, Intellectual Freedom, and the struggle against the USA PATRIOT Act.

...ALA was able to arrange with Lions Gate (the distributor) to show the movie at ALA as a benefit.

It originally was supposed to be a benefit for the APA Salaries Initiative, but Lions Gate would not agree to that because donations to a c6 are not tax deductible.

Please redistribute and post at will.

(Edited to remove individual's names-DD)

"Fahrenheit 9/11", for those who may not have heard of it, is Michael Moore's latest leftwing cinematic atrocity against the truth. ALA in their wisdom will now be showing it at their annual convention. This is how politically neutral ALA has become. You can rest assured that they would never show this film. Looks like I'll be saving my $155.00 membership fee again this year.


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