Jim and Ginny Maziarka of West Bend, Wisconsion have taken on the local library, demanding that books that they have deemed to be inappropriate for children ages 12-18 be moved to the adult section.
The Maziarka’s have identified up to 82 titles as “pornographic” in nature in the youth section of the library and petitioned that the city library board move these books to an appropriately labeled adult section.
The battle has led to a very public heated debate in the area: threats of “tar and feathering” the library director; a call to burn library books; silly, juvenile 4th of July parade floats; and the city council voting against renewing library board member terms due to confusion and misunderstanding.
Obviously, the Maziarka’s need to be reminded that the First Amendment of the Constitution states:
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 to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Perhaps the Maziarka’s fail to understand that by pushing their personal preferences (i.e. likes/dislikes) into the mainstream and trying to force a library to censor its books, they are violating an American freedom enjoyed by 304,059,722 Americans – namely, choice and the freedom of speech and press.
Bottom line, if one dislikes some thing you have CHOICE, and CHOICE translates to mean PERSONAL CENSOR, NOT PUBLIC CENSOR.
Further, the Maziarka’s, through overzealous ignorance, are supporting the ideology of a police state and I, for one, am vehemently opposed to such ideology.
I do NOT support the idea of living in a country where my lifestyle is censored, though many may readily agree we are fast moving in that direction here in the U.S. already. Regardless, I do not want nor need the Maziarka’s helping the situation along any quicker.
Frankly and furthermore, the Maziarka’s should seriously reconsider their position in this book vs. the library issue as they could be easily viewed as domestic terrorists.
As they continue to pursue pushing this idea of censorship through terrorism, through their misguidance and ignorance, they are unwittingly opening the door for other misguided individuals to demand censorship (by terrorism) of other American institutions and businesses (based on various self-proclaimed ideologies) and this is too scary and Orwellian to consider for too long at the moment…
I applaud the West Bend library for standing by its ALA standards and not crumpling to this outrageous request. Books, regardless of their content, should not be censored at the library level, but by the individual themselves.
Ginny Maziarka’s Blog: WISSUP=Wisconsin Speaks Up