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Stop Legislation that Would Arrest Librarians!
Sign the petition against any legislation that would criminalize libraries, education, and museums by removing long-standing defense from prosecution exemptions under obscenity laws.
Why is this important?
A number of states are introducing proposed laws that would allow for civil and criminal prosecution of librarians if a community member disliked the content of a book on the shelf.
However, award-winning authors like Margaret Atwood, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce have been caught in the crosshairs of ‘obscenity’ challenges. Groups like Moms for Liberty have gone after books about Seahorses for being obscene as well as books about Johnny Appleseed and Hurricanes.
Even Winnie the Pooh was called into question for not wearing pants.
That means librarians could go to jail over Winnie-The-Pooh.
We can't let legislation like this stand!