May 20, 2009

Don’t Just Ban… BURN!

Filed under: Dead Tree Sandwiches,What the hell?,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 12:33 pm

Here, read this.


Yup. Some Wisconsin library got bullied into banning certain books, as well as firing the library board members who dissented. Let’s have a look.

On Monday night, The West Bend Common Council voted for a second time not to reinstate four members of the library board because of their views. The Council upheld its April 21st decision because of the board members’ refusal to remove controversial books from the young adult section of the library prior to a formal review.

Oh, heavens, how dare those horrid rogue board members have such reprehensible views that, oh, library censorship is bad! Not like a library is supposed to be a house of information and knowledge or anything. Libraries are supposed to be, uh, well… I’m not sure exactly. Considering it would have only some info and not others. (Maybe something along the lines of a youth rights organization’s casualty list. That’s right. I went there.) :cute:

The board members are accused of promoting “the overt indoctrination of the gay agenda.”

And that would be…? It’s always some vaguely defined “agenda”. Gay agenda. Liberal agenda. Doesn’t mean anything but used to stir the unwitting ignorami of the world into a frenzy of paranoia. Of course, if their idea of a “gay agenda” involves such horrible things like treating gay people as equals and not beating the shit out of a guy for wearing pink, then I hope paranoia is the least of what they are beset with. How dare these rogue board members be tolerant of others! The nerve!

The challenged books include Baby Be Bop by Francesca Lia Block, The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger, and Stephan Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Well, surely these books must be disgusting and full of smut, right? Here, I made a quick trip to Amazon:
Baby Be Bop, by Francesca Lia Block
Looking at Editorial Reviews, I totally see what they mean. This book is about a gay boy having heartbreaks and learning about love and self-acceptance. Oh, shitballs, we can’t have that! How dare a book say that a gay boy should be anything other than miserable, hiding, and cutting himself in a corner?

The Geography Club, by Brent Hartinger
What’s this?! A gay teen meets other gay teens and form a club where they share their experiences?! And they are portrayed as human beings rather than hideous perverted mythical beasts?! Oh, of all the vile smut! How dare the book not show them as being deservingly beaten to death by the good Christian students for being Satan’s servants?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Interesting, the actual reviews I saw on that page didn’t even mention homosexuality, though based on the description I’m certain it must come up and in much the similar ways as the other two books. A book about a 15-year-old struggling through high school. No, no, that’s just nasty pornographic material right there.

And there is of course another very obvious pattern here. These books are all aimed at teens and are about teens! How about that! Gay teens get the double oppressions, hated for being gay and hated for being teens. So you might think the least you could do is send them some kind words in book form, books that don’t judge them but understand what they are going through, that they are not alone, that there is nothing wrong with them. No, screw that, hide the books and shame those young fags into suicide! That’s the right way to be!

Adding fuel to the fire, the Christian Civil Liberties Union (CCLU) in April filed a legal claim against the city of West Bend, Mayor Kristine Deiss, and the West Bend Library Board and Library Director.

And who didn’t see that coming a mile away? Here comes the C word. It’s a so-called Christian group. Oh, how cute, they call themselves a civil liberties union. Like they’re the ACLU but for Christians. I’m not aware of the actual ACLU excluding Christians in any way, but maybe they are, what with their tolerance and tendency to vote Democrat and such. And whatever they seem to think civil liberties are, I have to question how a lawsuit against West Bend about these books is even remotely in favor of civil liberties. Unless their idea of a nightmare, and thus a violation of civil liberties is that somewhere, two guys are kissing and in love and unashamed of it. The mere existence of homosexuality is a violation of their rights somehow, didn’t you know?

The CCLU claims the books have damaged its plaintiffs mentally and emotionally.

Is simply not reading them an option? I’m not aware of anyone being forced to read these books, at least not if they’re just sitting in a library. But they claim to be working for God, so how can I question them? Silly me, trying to be all logical and stuff.

Not to mention that, according to a previous NCAC blog entry about this, all the plaintiffs in this case are elderly! So we’re worried about a group of self-righteous seniors being emotionally scarred by a book for teens… why?

And, they want a real fire: their final demand is not only to remove the books from the library but to destroy them in a public burning. You can’t make this stuff up.

Oh, ho, here we go! Now it just got interesting. Don’t just take down the books. Don’t just give them away. Don’t just reclassify them. BURN THE FUCKERS!!! Because that, and only that, will save these poor old grandparents from their emotional torment that such books exist. Hell, don’t even recycle them or anything, that’s hippie liberal bullshit for you, burn the damn things! Kill it with fire!

With the amount of effort these people are putting into “saving” young people from “immoral” literature, I wonder how many houses they could have built for the homeless, or how many sick or starving children they could have fed and medicated. You know, doing actual good things for people instead of forcing pointless beliefs on them.

I mean, teenagers so often get shipped off to abusive behavior modification programs or psychiatric wards against their will because maybe their grades are slipping, or they were rude one too many times to their parents, or, oh noes, they’re gay! For the slightest slip from “normalcy”, the slightest rebellion, they are deprived of what little bit of freedom teens have as well as their sanity and sometimes their lives. But these old fucks who are clearly batshit INSANE are allowed to keep walking around freely. That is seriously fucking sick.

And this is a youth rights issue at heart. Is this group trying to burn the books about homosexuals that are aimed at adults? No. Or at least they don’t seem to be as vocal about it. Maybe in spite of their hatred of same sex relations, on some level, they still respect an adult’s right to information and to choose a lifestyle. But a teen? Oh, hell no, can’t have that. Why? Because of society’s persistent belief that the minds and lives of teens are the property of all adults. Primarily their parents, but all adults really. So they feel it is their obligation to determine for teens what is and isn’t right for them, because, after all, we all know how dangerous it is to let teens think for themselves or make their own decisions. Thinking otherwise just means I must be part of some evil liberal gay agenda. Can’t have that.

See what happens when we continue to allow teens to be the go-to scapegoat for every “moral” crisis?

Edit (6-3-09): Looks like the library voted down the bans. Yay, some good news.


  1. My God. (Not theirs, thankfully. I don’t go under the same umbrella as those losers.)

    These elders need to spend time with actual humans for a while. Then they might be able to see just the slightest, the SLIGHTEST, bit of logic. You know, seeing that people might be able to survive despite teens and gays actually having a mind.

    Comment by Ryan — May 23, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

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