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Pro-Porn Librarians Gone Wild!

Orland Park Public Library votes to keep access to child porn at clandestine meeting illegally held on Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

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Megan Fox

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February 17, 2014 - 2:00 pm
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At 9am on Wednesday, February 12th, I got wind of a Chicago Tribune article announcing the Orland Park Public Library was calling a last-minute “special meeting” on a legal holiday at 6pm to discuss and vote on continuing to allow access to pornography, including child pornography, on their computers, or to install filters as requested by both the public and the mayor of the village. This struck me as exceedingly strange because their regular meeting was already scheduled to occur the next Monday, the 17th. Why was there a sudden rush to vote?

The open position on the board was being filled at the “special meeting” as well. So they had decided to not only swear in a new member but also immediately vote on the most controversial issue their library had ever faced in a hurried, cobbled-together meeting giving the public one day’s notice. In the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA) it was discovered they possibly broke two provisions in calling this meeting. First, the public notice was in question. The OMA requires 48 hours notice be given to the public in an easy-to-find location on their website and in their building. The website homepage was empty of any such notice, the Events calendar was also devoid of any notice (even though the regularly scheduled meeting appeared there), their Facebook page did not include any notice and their Twitter account also did not tweet any notice of the special meeting. The only notice that appeared was buried many clicks into their website where no member of the public would think to look. These are the steps a person would have to go through to find the “public notice.”

Go to www.orlandparklibrary.org then click ABOUT then ABOUT US then scroll down and click on BOARD OF TRUSTEES and then finally find the PDF OF AGENDA.

There is no reasonable way to argue that this is easy for the public to find when normally, if the Library has something it wants people to know (like the “warning” they posted about me or Library closing dates) they put it on the Library’s home page, Facebook and Twitter!

Further, the Open Meetings Act in IL states;

“All meetings required by this Act to be public shall be held at specified times and places which are convenient and open to the public. No meeting required by this Act to be public shall be held on a legal holiday unless the regular meeting day falls on that holiday.”

In Illinois, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is a legal holiday and the government is shut down on that day. I found this out because I called the Attorney General’s office to report the illegal meeting and get an emergency injunction and they were closed (conveniently enough for the Library.) Chicago public schools also had the day off, Springfield government offices were closed and I found the law passed in Illinois by the legislature indeed making Abraham Lincoln’s birthday a legal holiday. The Library board held an illegal meeting.

Worse than that, they held all the controversial issues to vote on for this illegal meeting of which the public had no notice and were unable to attend. By provision in the OMA, special meetings are not required to allow public comment. The Board was able to vote on keeping obscene material available on their computers without having to worry about those bothersome taxpayers having anything to say about it.

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What a bunch if weasels. Too cowardly to face their opponents, they table the issue for a few months so interest dies down then quickly vote on the issue on a holiday! Weasels one and all!
8 weeks ago
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Ms. Fox: I understand the economic imperative. And respect you for fighting against public library Leftists. But in the long run--sounds like you and your family are better off in Texas or down here in Georgia where the majority Christians are not treated as annoyiing pariahs by the minoritiy of secularists and dhimmis.
8 weeks ago
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Ms. Fox: I apologize for mixing metaphors, but I think you are barking up a dead horse. Alinsky's Rule #12:

"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)"

8 weeks ago
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Ms. Fox I commend you for continuing to fight these buffoons in Orland Park. I'm still stunned by your original story, and can't believe that these board members continue to push for porn in a library.
Keep up the fight, Megan!
8 weeks ago
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The disclaimer posted by the library, about two "non-residents" clearly shows the bias and bigotry this library board is exhibiting. I think that special meeting was called for no other reason than to shut the public out of their meeting. It's clear that it was not an emergency and that no new, pressing business was taken up other than to swear in a new member. This group is so duplicitous and clearly angry at two taxpaying citizens who exercised their right to criticize and lodge a complaint. Keep up the good work, Megan. You are an American, a taxpayer, and have every right, and DUTY, to protect children from porn.....you children as well as the children of other families who use that library and are either unaware of the issue, or worse, complacent.
8 weeks ago
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Worked in Orland Park for ten years. Thought it was a wonderful town. Never thought they would ban Christmas carols at the library. I'm so glad I now live in Dixie.
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Notice, that "Christmas" performance you linked cites the songs "Rock around the Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bell Rock." Neither are actual Christmas songs about Jesus.
8 weeks ago
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They did. I have the testimony of a mother whose child was to sing in her home school chorus in the lobby of the library and Mary Weimar personally told the group before the performance that no religious songs were allowed.
8 weeks ago
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Go to a church if you want a religious celebration.
8 weeks ago
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That's what the Muslim Journeys program should have had to do...held it in a mosque...if we're going to keep about all religious celebration. But it's not about that. It's about advancing "approved" dogma while the unapproved non-politically correct religions get discriminated against.
8 weeks ago
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That wasn't a religious celebration. It was a discussion of religion. If you would like to organize a program discussing Christianity, go ahead.
8 weeks ago
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Is the NEH funding any "programs discussing Christianity" in libraries with federal dollars? Muslim Journeys is a grant program with money given by the NEH which receives federal funds. There is no grant program funding similar Christian "experiences" in public libraries or anywhere else and if they tried, people like you would be screaming about separation of church and state. Give me a break. No one is buying your excuses!
8 weeks ago
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I'm sure any church in Orland Park would be willing to put together such a program without the government grant money that is putting this country into debt.
8 weeks ago
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I agree with you! Surely, the mosque could do such a thing too and not rely on federal funds to spread their religious propaganda in our public libraries! DOWN WITH MUSLIM JOURNEYS paid for by taxpayers and pushed through public libraries.
8 weeks ago
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A Christian church could also apply for grant money to spread its propaganda.
8 weeks ago
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Go to work on religious based holidays, then. Christmas, Easter, Hanukah - I expect to see you at your job.
8 weeks ago
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The good news is that I am no longer a resident of Orlando Park. The bad news is obvious: what the heck has gotten into these people? I can only hope the law of unintended consequences bites them in the a**.

I am happy to report the dissenting board member you mentioned is a personal friend of over 25 years and her solid character and common sense was on display. The whole process was reminiscent of the worst of Chicago style backroom politics. I feel fortunate to have left the town when it was still somewhat small and sane.
8 weeks ago
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I am OUTRAGED!
8 weeks ago
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If I were a citizen of Orland Park, I'd go to TODAY's regularly scheduled meeting and push to have last week's decisions reversed. Whatever they passed then can likely be reversed today.

Then again, they may have procedural rules in place to suppress speech, particularly from the public. And I don't suppose the two people who opposed last week's decisions have miraculously won over the other 5 board members in the meantime so raising the issue again may not accomplish anything.

But your account of what happened and a legal challenge over last week's meeting should go ahead with the support of all the citizens who found these to be bad decisions made in a dubious manner.

Media coverage would also help you, provided you could find media to take your side. I'm guessing the MSM would dismiss you as Christian fundamentalist fanatics if they bothered to air the issue at all.
8 weeks ago
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So did get your complaint filed about the illegal meeting? Sounds like all votes taken at the meeting should be nullified.

It also doesn't sound like they had any time sensitive justification for the special meeting. And what was the point? To get on the record saying they've addressed it? It almost sounds like they're in CYA mode, though I'm not sure why they would be unless there is someone getting annoyed at the attention (mayor's office?) that wants them to back off.
8 weeks ago
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Yes, complaint filed. The AG's office is fully aware of what they did. I expect them to move quickly with sanctions if they decide it's necessary (up to criminal prosecution!) Frankly, I don't see how anything but criminal charges will do in such a flagrant disregard for the law.
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I'd be surprised if they press charges. It will likely be like dealing with HR when you complain about some flagrant violation of company policy or the law: "Ms. Fox, you didn't see what you think you saw. And it will never happen again." They won't acknowledge it, but the people involved will get a very serious wrist slap to make the behavior go away.
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