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Mum’s the Word at the Montana State Library

“The Montana State Library has canceled a showing of a movie critical of the U.S. Patriot Act after people complained about the American Civil Liberties Union being involved. … The State Library said it originally thought the film, ‘The ACLU Freedom Files,’ would be a good pick for its monthly seminar series because parts of the Patriot Act affects libraries. … But the library decided Tuesday the presentation might be one-sided in its criticism of the Patriot Act and canceled a viewing scheduled for Friday. … A State Library spokeswoman said complaints came from residents and state employees who didn’t like the idea of the ACLU getting a forum.”

I wonder how many other issues need “balance” to be discussed in Montana. Stay tuned for the state library’s Gay Pride Month film series, in which, no doubt, Ma Vie en Rose will be paired with that docuclassic of ex-gay triumphalism, I Do Exist.

Well, you know what we’re told on ALA Council: it’s a “win” if it doesn’t disrupt library funding.

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