The Silence is Deafening

Our favorite librarian loves to raise the specters of the suppression of the free speech of librarians and their patrons by the Dept. of Homeland Security, and of librarians being hunted down and rounded up by John Ashcroft, and further to portray herself as being subversive and brave merely by being a librarian.

So, let’s count the tally, shall we? Librarians (subversive or otherwise) hunted down, rounded up, charged, sued, or removed from employ, by Mr. Ashcroft? The big goose egg. Librarians charged with “sexual harassment” by a university for (truly) subversively recommending conservative books not approved of by their uniformly “liberal” dept. faculty and staff? One (so far).

Dorothea’s silence on this is as deafening as it is both hypocritical and predictable.


3 Responses to The Silence is Deafening

  1. Shirley says:

    An intelligent post that I fully enjoyed.



  2. deborah says:

    The librarian was not charged with anything by the university. Two other staff members — as is their right! — filed a complaint of “harassment based on sexual orientation” (not sexual harrassment). The university investigated the claims and found them groundless, appropriately. This is a problem why? Some employees of a university used their university’s HR procedures to file a complaint, and the complaint was investigated and *dismissed*.

    As for my privacy, I submit that merely because my neighbor has not sneaked into my apartment, stolen my DVDs, and raped me, does not mean I want him peeking into my windows and watching me undress. I’m sure if Mr. Gonzales had cameras pointing into everyone’s living rooms he could see who was assembling bombs on the coffee table and might prevent a terrorist attack, but I still don’t want him to do it.

  3. Carl says:

    You need to read the article linked to, as well as the one it links to ( There you’ll learn that:

    “Savage was put under “investigation” by OSU’s Office of Human Resources after three professors filed a complaint of discrimination and harassment against him, saying that the book suggestions made them feel “unsafe.” The complaint came after the OSU Mansfield faculty voted without dissent to file charges against Savage. The faculty later voted to allow the individual professors to file charges.”

    Also according to this latter article, the case was in fact still under investigation as of the middle of April.

    In any event, you seem to have missed the whole point of my brief post, which is not about the rightness or wrongness of the government seeking library access files — as a libertarian I have my own problems with that — but instead with Dorothea’s hypocrisy in on the one hand portraying Ashcroft as out to hunt down and round up brave, victimized librarians like herself at the forefront of the defense of free thought and free speech, while on the other hand remaining — still, mind you — stone silent on an _actual_ case of a librarian facing charges solely for having the audacity of not sharing the (so-called) “liberal” political ideology of his university peers.

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