Sunday, August 15, 2010

Putnam County Library Sued Over Use Of Mtg Room

The Putnam County library has been sued in federal court over its policy concerning the use of a meeting room at the library's main branch in Cookeville. Putnam County resident Ilene Vick claims in the lawsuit that her constitutional rights are being violated by what the lawsuit calls a "vague and overbroad" policy concerning what groups and individuals may or may not use the library meeting room. She claims a violation of her First Amendment right to freedom of speech and religion, and also alleges violation of her rights under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. She had wanted to use the library meeting room to discuss her book on evangelism, but the library's room usage policy prohibits meetings for "social, political, partisan or religious purposes." Vick claims that she was verbally denied usage of the room on at least three occasions last year and this year. She filed the suit last Thursday and is being represented by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund.