Update3: Great piece on this by Courant columnist Rick Green.
Update2: See, I told you so. The creator of the Enfield library Facebook group has admitted “calling all Republicans Nazis” on his own page. Fortunately, he now says he regrets it.
Update: I am told that the objector, Mr. Fealy, is a member of the Enfield Republican Town Commitee.
This is a good thing in that it will attract more attention to this issue, but bad because it will no doubt degenerate into partisan attacks by one party on the other, resulting in a distraction from the topic of censorship, which is truly a bipartisan problem. See the nascent Facebook group: Stop the Enfield Republicans From Censoring our Library!
Michael Moore’s scathing indictment of the U.S. healthcare system has been banned in Enfield, Conn. Well, sort of.
That’s right. Acting under orders from the mayor, the town manager has strong-armed Enfield Public Library officials into either canceling the showing of the film or else, in the words of the mayor, “they’re going to have the repercussions of the [town] council.”
Apparently, the exercise in censorship was precipitated by the complaint of one taxpayer at a council meeting.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, resident Kevin Fealy brought the upcoming screening to the council’s attention, urging it to pressure the library to cancel the movie, saying he didn’t want the town “to promote material such as this on my tax dollars.”
Here’s what the boneheaded mayor should have suggested: show the Academy Award-nominated film and then have a discussion period afterward in which audience members could exchange thoughts on the film and on the subject of healthcare in general. Don’t you think Enfeldians are smart enough to handle that, Mr Mayor?
For the record, I have not seen Sicko and I can’t stand Michael Moore. He is a world-class demagogue and blow-hard. And now he has inflicted yet more injustice on me because I’m in the painful position of defending him.
H/T to Rick.