Magazine article American Libraries

Family-Values Group Wins Library Suit

Magazine article American Libraries

Family-Values Group Wins Library Suit

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Citizens for Community Values has won a First Amendment lawsuit against the Upper Arlington (Ohio) Public Library over the library's objection to the content of the group's scheduled "Politics and Pulpit" program several days after approving a February 27 meeting-room reservation for the event. CCV had described the program as "a discussion of what the Bible teaches regarding involvement by Christians, pastors, and churches in politics" as well as "the current status of the law regarding political involvement by Christians, pastors, and churches."

Six days before the program was to take place, library Director Ann Moore had written CCV to request that the scheduled program not include "a time of prayer petitioning God for guidance ... and singing praise and giving thanks to Cod for the freedom we have in this country to participate in the political process" to comply with UAPL's meeting-room policy barring "inherent elements of religious services." CCV filed suit, saying its free-speech rights were violated (AL, May, p. 29-30).

In his August 14 decision, U. …

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