Off the Shelf

Books make kids want to have sex. Laurie Taylor, from Arkansas, has been in the news lately because she is trying to get the local school library to “purge” its shelves of questionable material. She now says that she might be ok with the questionable books having their own section.

Well, I find the Left Behind series to be an affront to the English language and a blight on the human race. Can I have those put in their own section too? Hell let’s just burn everything we do not like. That’ll teach’m.

–Jane, sarcasm abounds

3 thoughts on “Off the Shelf

  • July 18, 2005 at 5:35 pm
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    I wonder what else books “make” people do? This is the type of person with apparently a little too much time on her hands if she can go look up books in the catalog with keywords like “sex.” I thought that was the sort of little thing kids would do to get giggles, like looking up “dirty” words in the dictionary. If she wants to keep her children away from the “objectionable material,” it is her right to do so. But she has no right to pretend she speaks for other parents who should be doing their own parenting. I looked over the list the article provides, and it includes writers like Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison, both prize winning authors. The only way to deal with such people is to call them on their falsehoods and bigotry. If they gripe loudly, the rest of us who defend intellectual freedom should denounce them much more loudly. Maybe people like that should just get their own little library, and leave the rest of us to have our fun reading. Then again, I have a feeling for such people it would be a dismal little library, what, with no books and all. Just a thought.

  • July 31, 2005 at 10:11 pm
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    i don’t care how wonderful and how many prizes these authors have,books that use extreme vulgarity and depict gratuitous sex should not be available to children without the consent and knowledge of thier parents. These are not sex ed books, and any resonable adult would agree that a parent has every right to “censor” what their child reads! Only a pervert or a person with a sexual agenda with want a child to read something of this nature without their parents knowing. go to http://www.wpaag.org to see books concerned

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