Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:53 GFP Columnist - G. Tod Slone
To Professor Sarah Polito, Department Chair, and the English Instructors of Cape Cod Community College:
Might just one of you actually care about Freedom of Expression?  This week is Banned Books Week and today marks the 224th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.  Not only was The American Dissident, a Journal of Literature, Democracy, and Dissidence, a 501 c3 nonprofit published in Barnstable, MA, banned from Sturgis Library thanks to its director Lucy Loomis, but I (my very ideas) was permanently trespassed on June 19, 2012 without warning or possibility of due process because I was critical of librarian hypocrisy… in writing; in particular:  “Libraries should challenge censorship […]” and “should provide materials and information presenting all points of view”.
Clearly, the permanent banning proves my point on egregious librarian hypocrisy.  Sturgis Library is my neighborhood library and boasts of being one of the very oldest in the nation.  My taxes help pay for it and I can do nothing to stop that.  Sadly, not one librarian in the entire Clams Library System of Cape Cod, which includes your very college library, cares.  Indeed, The American Dissident has essentially been banned from the Clams Library System.  The Cape Cod Times and Barnstable Patriot oddly refuse to report on this, despite my hammering on their doors.  

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, ACLUM, PEN New England, New England First Amendment Coalition, and National Coalition Against Censorship, amongst other so-called freedom organizations, do not care.  So, might just one of you care?  Experience dictates the answer will likely be:  no.   BTW, I am quite different from most college instructors because I choose TRUTH over JOB.  Yes, I’d love to teach a course or two at CCCC, BUT I choose truth over job.  This missive will appear in the next issue (#27) of The American Dissident.  Thank you for your attention.
A Note on Hypocrites.  Our politicians, professors, librarians, journalists, poets, cultural council apparatchiks, amongst others, seem to be, for the most part, bold-faced hypocrites.  Rare is the bold-faced truth teller amongst their lot.  Question:  How can the spirit of democracy possibly survive when the citizenry does not really give a damn about the First Amendment?  Answer:  It cannot and will not.  
G. Tod Slone, PhD and Founding Editor (1998)
The American Dissident, a 501c3 Non-profit Journal of Literature, Democracy, and Dissidence
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