We all, at various times, are forgetful. One of my recent memory lapses found me in my branch library sans reading glasses. The librarian could not comply with my request to borrow a pair since she did not want to break the law. The law is taking very good care of me, I thought, and does not want me to assume the risk, minor as it may be, of becoming infected by used reading glasses. At the same time, I remembered how that library’s acquisition department rejected a book of mine, recommended by an enthusiastic third party, because it contained potentially harmful anti-choice ideas. The book was pro-life (which presupposes the exercise of choice), and that was enough to censor it. A second book of mine, which a Catholic wire service praised as the most eloquent defense of life to appear on the scene, was rejected by another Ontario library as “trouble.”

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