Usually 16 year olds get banned from libraries because of internet porn

Not this boy in Georgia, though. Caleb Hanson is too religious for that. He’s so religious, in fact, that he was getting in the way of people enjoying the library.

Last year, “he had a real encounter with the Lord and he wanted to witness for the Lord,” his mother said.

Ordinarily her son is shy, she said, but he began asking to be dropped off at stores and other locations to share his faith.

The letter from Edwards says Caleb’s library card has been blocked, and that if he returns before Feb. 28, he’ll be criminally trespassing.

Michael Broyde, professor of law and the academic director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University in Atlanta, said the library’s decision seems appropriate. “My intuition is that this is reasonable,” Broyde said Monday. “It falls under the time, place and manner restriction.”

Of course it’s reasonable. He’s been making a pest of himself and getting in the way of people using a public service. Caleb’s cool with the ban, though. It’s not like they told him he can never pray again; he just can’t bug library patrons on library property. There’s nothing to say he couldn’t stand across the street and hand out Chick Tracts, or put flyers on cars parked in the area.

He can believe what he wants, I suppose. His parents can believe it all, too. I just wish people like this would quit assuming the rest of us have to think and believe the same way.

Since this is the real Banned Books Week (I was too early last week), consider going into your local library to see what kind of books they have in there. Look at the wide variety of interests and topics they provide. Ask about banned and challenged books and see if you might like to borrow one. If you don’t want to do it just because I say so, then do as the bible commands, Matthew 7:7:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Atheists can quote-mine, too…

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