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Denny
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 Banishment from a public library?

"Banishment" from a Public Library?
August 20, 2005

I recently received a letter from a local Public Library that was not unexpected. Over the years I have sought to educate the public with regard to the murder of the preborn. Public libraries are a great place to disperse information.

In most Public Libraries you can find books with graphic nudity, perversion, introductions to the sodomite lifestyle and the like. The American Library Association will let most anything pass as "good literature" and they raise their voice against "censorship" if ever a "prudish" individual questions a selection in the collection of literature on their shelves.

The ALA opposes any restrictions on access to pornography in public libraries--even for children.

Here is the the letter I received.
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Mr. Green:

On Friday, August 12th, a library staff member observed you inserting anti-abortion cards in several books in the Young Adult section of the Powhatan County Public Library. These cards have also been found throughout the Adult collection, the Front Display Case, the Meeting Room hallway and the Men's bathroom.

Library policy forbids soliciting, campaigning and petitioning in the Library and in and around Library entryways. Furthermore, materials placed in public display areas must be suitable for viewing by all ages. No materials may be distributed to the public without the Library Director's approval.

Failure to comply with library policies will result in banishment from the Powhatan County Public Library.

Sincerely,
Kim Armentrout
Library Director
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I must say that this is the first threat of banishment I have ever received. I wonder if I had brought pornography into the library, would I have received the same letter.

Let me explain.

Some time ago I approached the Library Director to ask why there were no internet filters on the computers that were available for public use. Many Public Libraries are notorious for making internet pornography accessable to their patrons.

I heard several of the same excuses that I had heard before at other Public Libraries.

"It's not a problem here" and "filters are too expensive".

I even offered to pay for the filtering software. Ultimately, the truth seems to be that many Public Libraries just simply don't want to place any limits on the internet pornography that can be accessed on their computer screens.

As I looked through this particular library, I saw books with photographs of graphic sex that had been approved by the Library Director.

I saw books in the Young Adult section that encouaged young girls to have their preborn babies killed and even provided contact information for abortion providers.

The items that are "suitable for viewing by all ages" in this library are clearly not items that would make it onto lists of most people.

So here I stand, with the threat of "banishment" hanging over my head. What are my options here?

1. I could just forget about the murdered preborn and the command to speak out on their behalf. I could simply hang out with the children at the Library looking at the porn in their books and on their computers. This would be acceptable to the ALA and I probably wouldn't receive any threatening letters.

or

2. I could just go on speaking out on behalf of my King wherever that may be. This may not be nearly as acceptable to those who stock the bookshelves but I think it is the better of the two choices.

I encourage you to stand against the flood of sin that seeks to overwhelm the young people in your community. You can make a difference for good. Though you may find yourself "banished", there will be a place prepared for you if you remain faithful to your King.


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Dennis Green

 2005/8/20 23:58Profile









 Re: Banishment from a public library?

Denny, You have done well. God Bless you all the more and may His mercies 'shine' upon you and may all your strengths come from Him.

I would post this exact post on every Forum you can find out there, whether Christian or not (if God leads), because, if it doesn't move the Christians off of their seats and non-Christians to see what is wrong with our Library system, nothing will.

What a testimony against so much and For so Much.

May God bless your every step and lead you second by second, and I thank you for exhorting me/us to God led Boldness.

Well done...

The things that make JESUS Smile.

 2005/8/21 0:46
letsgetbusy
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 Re: Banishment from a public library?

You are a warrior of Christ. Here is my take:

I have heard about witnessing in malls, businesses, etc. The deal is this: you are free to witness and pass out tracts, but you must use discretion. In an place like a mall or library, the law has no problem when you hand a tract to someone, and keep going. The law has no problem with you, if after you are conversing with someone, you witness to them or hand a tract to them.

I know where you are coming from, but putting tracts all over a library will get you kicked out, just as setting 100 tracts in sight all over a mall would. If you want to stop the spread of these materials, you have to go to the source. You have to get involved in politics. We need good Christians in politics, who can reasonably petition our morale stance. If people don't see the person witnessing as reasonable, they may not be moved by your witness:

Isa 1:18 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

Rom 12:1b "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

I know you don't want the unborn to be killed, neither do I, but remember that we must obey the law to stay within Biblical teaching. Like Kent Hovind says, if you chop branches, you will never be finished in your work, you must hack at the root.

Seek first the kingdom, all else is in God's hands. Keep up the fight.


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Hal Bachman

 2005/8/21 1:22Profile
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 Re: Banishment from a public library?

This is a corrupt generation, keep perservering for Truth with wisdom, the Real Jesus is not the popular way, but He is the Right way.


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Jina

 2005/8/21 2:48Profile
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 Re:

I would send what you posted here to your local paper also.
Hope

 2005/8/21 15:11Profile
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 What would God want?

We sure would not want those of other persuasions to put their literature all over and solicite their ideas, so I don't think we should presume that that is our exclusive right as Christians.

It looks like God has given you a burden to save the lives of those who die unjustly. There are many ways that you could minister into this issue. What about helping out in a pregnancy crisis center? What about offering to help those who feel overwhelmed with child care? What about praying for the souls of the mothers - those who feel no other way out - those who need to experience a touch of God's love (perhaps through you, and all God's people)?

I'm not sure how many people actually change their minds as a result of the protests of Christians. I think that they need to experience God's love in order to follow God's ways.

Why not ask God what you can do?

The abortion is only one aspect of untimely deaths that we cannot ignore. Think of all those who die because of poor life style habits - wrong food, overwork, stress, lack of excercise, polution, food additives, drugs, war, famine, etc etc etc. We are in a sinsick world - under the curse of death. May God use all of us to promote life - the LIFE of Christ. There is no other solution.
Diane


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Diane

 2005/8/21 18:32Profile
ellie
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 Re:roadsign

Loved your thread


ellie

 2005/8/22 21:23Profile
ellie
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 Re: Banishment from a public library?

What a Wonderful Testimony.

Where the Library is concerned and your concern for the unborn. It is good to take these and other matters before God. Much we must pray in our lives, of that which God puts on our hearts. Prayer is a major requirment, expected of us for God to make break throughs.

It is also through a close relationship with Him. Through trusting and listening to Him, you will make break throughs in your work, that he will have you do with Him.

Take note of what 'roadsign' has written to you. There is some good substance in what 'roadsign' writes to you.

Much to think on and ponder on, with the God.


God Bless you

ellie

 2005/8/22 21:41Profile
Denny
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 Re: What would God want?

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We sure would not want those of other persuasions to put their literature all over and solicite their ideas, so I don't think we should presume that that is our exclusive right as Christians.



I see this differently. It is our command and God-given right to preach the Gospel to every creature and to teach truth to every creature. Whether or not the state or any godless nation likes it, it is our duty. It is immoral and sinful for the opposing viewpoints to be propagated. Whether or not spreading truth is acceptable isn't the question. Smuggling bibles into China is illegal and unacceptable to that nations laws. That means nothing to me. We are to teach truth regardless of the restrictions placed upon us by those who hate truth.

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It looks like God has given you a burden to save the lives of those who die unjustly. There are many ways that you could minister into this issue. What about helping out in a pregnancy crisis center? What about offering to help those who feel overwhelmed with child care? What about praying for the souls of the mothers - those who feel no other way out - those who need to experience a touch of God's love (perhaps through you, and all God's people)?



You must not have been to our website. We do all of those things daily. It isn't an either-or situation here. When there is a hole in the wall, someone needs to step up and fill that hole. I saw a hole in the wall.

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I'm not sure how many people actually change their minds as a result of the protests of Christians. I think that they need to experience God's love in order to follow God's ways.



I am sure that the raised voice of a Christian changes minds. I see it happening every day. I have seen hundreds of babies saved because Christians decided that to sit at home and pray about the wickedness around them was not enough.

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The abortion is only one aspect of untimely deaths that we cannot ignore. Think of all those who die because of poor life style habits - wrong food, overwork, stress, lack of excercise, polution, food additives, drugs, war, famine, etc etc etc. We are in a sinsick world - under the curse of death. May God use all of us to promote life - the LIFE of Christ. There is no other solution.



There are others who can fight the battles against "lack of exercise" and "food additives."
"Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature" is our commission.


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Dennis Green

 2005/8/23 10:57Profile
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Denny,

I was just talking about this with my family last night. We went to our local public library. Can you contact me about what you are doing and what you place in library books?

We take our children on a regular basis to the local library and this is a good way to get the truth out.

In Christ,
Doug Renz
[email protected]


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