June 09, 2009

Book burning desired...

....and no surprise at all to see the folks wanting to torch some books.


I can think of a book that ACTUALLY HAS motivated murder, hatred, and discrimination if they really want to try and rid the world of dangerous texts. Most likely they wouldn't be interested.

Milwaukee Group Seeks Fiery Alternative to Materials Challenge
Beverly Goldberg, American Libraries OnlinePosted on June 3, 2009

Life grows more interesting by the day for officials of the West Bend (Wis.) Community Memorial Library. After four months of grappling with an evolving challenge to young-adult materials deemed sexually explicit by area residents Ginny and Jim Maziarka, library trustees voted 9–0 June 2 to maintain the young-adult collection as is “without removing, relocating, labeling, or otherwise restricting access” to any titles. However, board members were made cognizant that same evening that another material challenge waited in the wings:

Milwaukee-area citizen Robert C. Braun of the Christian Civil Liberties Union (CCLU) distributed at the meeting copies of a claim for damages he and three other plaintiffs filed April 28 with the city; the complainants seek the right to publicly burn or destroy by another means the library’s copy of Baby Be-Bop. The claim also demands $120,000 in compensatory damages ($30,000 per plaintiff) for being exposed to the book in a library display, and the resignation of West Bend Mayor Kristine Deiss for “allow[ing] this book to be viewed by the public.”

The unanimous vote rejecting the Maziarkas’ challenge came after trustees heard several dozen comments for and against restricting the materials, as well as being presented with opposing petitions: 700 signatures on the petition circulated by West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries, a group formed by the Maziarkas, and more than 1,000 on an anti-restriction petition from the newly formed West Bend Parents for Free Speech. Ironically, four of the trustees were denied reappointment in April as a rebuke from city council members for adhering to the library’s reconsideration process instead of complying immediately with the Maziarkas’ changing reconsideration requests. The trustees are serving until their successors are appointed.

Full story here...


Diane said...

Given that I live in a pretty conservative part of the country, this doesn't surprise me... sickens me, but doesn't surprise me. I hadn't heard of the book so I looked it up on Amazon. I tell you, I'd much rather my daughter (in a few years) read this than some of the Bible stories I was exposed to as a kid.

I found your blog through Strange Pilgram, by the way.

Diane said...

Oh, and if you happen to pop over to my blog, scroll down to my posts from May 26 and 27... I think they'll probably give you a chuckle... :)

Lemmy Caution said...

Thanks for finding and posting! Much appreciated.

Considering the murdering of women and children, incest, rape, and genocide that is found throughout the Bible.....its amazing that ANY parent would want their child reading it.

Lemmy Caution said...

Yes...the "Dear Former Reader" post was excellent!!!