I can’t think of anything printable to say about this disgrace:
Scott Savage, who serves as a reference librarian for the university, suggested four best-selling conservative books for freshman reading in his role as a member of OSU Mansfieldâ€™s First Year Reading Experience Committee. The four books he suggested were The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian, The Professors by David Horowitz, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Yeâ€™or, and It Takes a Family by Senator Rick Santorum. Savage made the recommendations after other committee members had suggested a series of books with a left-wing perspective, by authors such as Jimmy Carter and Maria Shriver.
Savage was put under â€œinvestigationâ€ by OSUâ€™s Office of Human Resources after three professors filed a complaint of discrimination and harassment against him, saying that the book suggestions made them feel â€œunsafe.â€ The complaint came after the OSU Mansfield faculty voted without dissent to file charges against Savage. The faculty later voted to allow the individual professors to file charges.
A state agency is investigating a librarian for having expressed an opinion. It is hard to imagine a more four-square violation of the First Amendment. It will be very interesting to see whether the American Library Association, which purports to care a lot about “intellectual freedom” (“the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction”), will have anything to say about this outrage. Or is it that the First Amendment ceases to exist if some person in the vicinity of the speech can claim to be offended?