ALA: Frequently Challenged Book/Series

“Does the public believe in intellectual freedom?”

There is a difference between believing and knowing. I think the public knows the concept; however, they are likely to be unfamiliar with the term “intellectual freedom” since it is LIS lingo.

I think it is safe to say that the majority of Americans have some concept of their First Amendment Rights, but might give a quizzical look if the term “intellectual freedom” was dropped during a cocktail party.

Noam Chomsky: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

If a person truly believed in intellectual freedom, they would be supportive of expression of alternative points of view. Please note that they need not agree with the point of view… 
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Evelyn Beatrice Hall under the pseudonym S.G. Tallentyre (Friends of Voltaire, 1906).   

(Photo by Birchfield Studio, 2011)