by Peter Sprigg
March 18, 2008
The recent firing of a California librarian provides a dramatic example of how political correctness can turn both morality and common sense on its head. What did Brenda Biesterfeld do that cost her her job? When she saw a patron at the public library where she worked in Lindsay viewing illegal child pornography on a library computer, she did what any good citizen should doshe reported it to the police. They arrested him, and found more child porn on his home computer as well. But Biesterfelds reward for her good deed was a termination notice.
The Lindsay City Council and Tulare County Board of Supervisors are both looking into the incident, and the pro-family legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel has intervened on Biesterfelds behalf. One hopes that Biesterfeld will get her job backand that her porn-defending supervisors Judi Hill and Brian Lewis will lose theirs.
In fact, maybe its time to make public librarians mandatory reporters of child sexual abuseincluding child pornographyjust so that they know where their responsibility lies.
(See also Family Research Councils pamphlet Dealing With Pornography: A Practical Guide For Protecting Your Family and Your Community)