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ACLU Of Kansas And Western Missouri Seeks Additional Information From Kansas Attorney General On CD Censorship
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2004-08-13
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In a letter submitted today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas and Western Missouri called on Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline to explain his decision to ban over 30 music CDs from Kansas libraries.

"Through his actions, Attorney General Kline usurped the authority of trained professional librarians across the state to make decisions about the content of their collections," said Dick Kurtenbach, Executive Director of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri. "Attorney General Kline is far removed from librarians in Hayes or Wichita or Kansas City, who strive every day to build collections that serve the needs of their various communities."

In describing the process used to select CDs to be banned, Whitney Watson, a spokesperson for Kline's office reportedly said, "We don't have the manpower to look at every album and song lyric, but we feel we removed most of the albums that did not mesh with the values of a majority of Kansans."

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