St. Louis, MO -- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a small Missouri town's public library, claiming it unconstitutionally blocks access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in St. Louis on behalf of Anaka Hunter, a resident of Salem, a largely Christian community of about 5,000 residents in the Missouri Ozarks. It claims that Hunter was trying to do research at the Salem Public Library but filtering software blocked access to many sites about Wicca and Native American Religions.
Federal law requires public libraries to use filtering software that blocks access to sites with explicit, pornographic and adult content.
Library director Glenda Wofford said it isn't the library's intent to prohibit reasonable use of the Internet for research and other legitimate purposes. She said she would have unblocked websites, but Hunter refused to specify which sites she wanted to access.