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NCAC and ACLU Demand Return of “Fifty Shades”

NCAC – “In a joint letter sent today (link to PDF), the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLUFL) to urge Brevard County Commissioners to reinstate the best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey to the Brevard public library system.


The ACLUFL’s support adds a new salvo as national attention escalates, from coverage via the New York Times and the NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams.”

3 Responses to “NCAC and ACLU Demand Return of “Fifty Shades””

  1. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries
    May 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Ridiculous. “But there is no room on library shelves for censorship.” Agreed. But a library deciding what some view as poorly-written erotica does not fall within its selection policy has nothing to do with censorship. If these groups would treat censorship issues seriously, I’d consider them serious, instead of bush league.

    “[R]epresent all Brevard County citizens,” huh? They are representing all citizens by having and applying a selection policy.

    By the way, did these groups demand that libraries include books about ex-gays when selection policies are used to keep them out? Of course not.

  2. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries
    May 26, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    I read the ACLU/NCAC letter. As usual, it is filled with false, misleading, and omitted information that simply goes against common sense, community standards, and the law. For example, why have a selection policy if anything goes? Further, why have materials reconsideration policies if nothing may ever be removed once the library accepts it? And the ACLU/NCAC leave out key information right from Judith Krug that says the exact opposite of what they are saying. If I get a chance, I’ll write about this. I should credit you for making me aware of the situation.

  3. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries
    May 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    The town and library have caved to the multiple letters/threats. It will be used as a springboard for ACLU/NCAC/ALA to continue to threaten other libraries that are properly applying selection policies and material reconsideration policies, and those libraries might succumb to the pressure as well, despite sources like the US Supreme Court in US v. American Library Association saying the exact opposite of the propaganda the ACLU/NCAC pushed in Brevard County. I see bad news ahead for many communities if this is not nipped in the bud. More about this in my blog post when I finish writing it. It’s a sad day for American communities.

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