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Friday, January 17, 2020

A new bill proposed in Missouri aims to prevent inappropriate sexual content from getting into the hands of kids, but critics are warning it amounts to censoring and could land public librarians in jail. The bill was introduced earlier this month by Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker (R), who has argued that the measure is meant to protect children when they visit their public libraries. The bill would ban libraries that receive state funding from allowing minors access to "age-inappropriate sexual material." To identify what that content is, the bill would include the creation of "parental library review boards" made up of five locally elected community members. The boards would then review what content it considers appropriate.

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SO stupid.

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-17 07:59 AM | Reply

When in doubt leave it out. Allowing censorship is a dangerous and unnecessary step towards Fascism. Parents should be reviewing the books their children are reading and I just don't want some Evangelical morons deciding which books should be available to my grandkids. His parents are quite capable of deciding that, they don't need busybodies inflicting their own distorted view of the world on everyone else. When Legislatures make errors then err on the side of freedom.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-17 08:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 I completely agree, Danni, but that sword swings both ways. Bible thumpers trying to enforce their moral code on one edge, SJW's trying to enforce their moral code on the other.

#3 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-17 08:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

We know where this leads. "Catcher in the Rye" violates Podunk Public Library's "community standards." So a school assignment can't be completed, and a librarian gets 90 days in the slammer alongside all the other pervs. Christian conservatives preen and proclaim victory over the child molesters.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2020-01-17 09:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Educational equity' consultant advocates burning most books used in schools'

"n a now-deleted tweet from January 8, Dennis boasted that in her trainings and presentations, she requests "most books used in schools be burned" ... because white people:

"Stop using white history, white mathematics, and white science as the foundation."
www.thecollegefix.com

Fahrenheit 451 wasn't intended as a how-to guide.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-17 09:35 AM | Reply

This must confuse the hell out of the woke - now 'minor attracted individuals' can't suggest literature during Drag Queen Story Hour (I saw one of them flash his -------- at the kids - it's a just a way for pedos to get access) but on the other hand you can't have "No USA at all!" if people can read Western literature.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-01-17 11:25 AM | Reply

I will always oppose censorship.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-17 02:13 PM | Reply

Unattended children in the library should be addressed first...

#8 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2020-01-17 02:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Unattended children in the library should be addressed first...

#8 | POSTED BY 101CHAIRBORNE AT 2020-01-17 02:31 PM | FLAG:

BINGO!

as well as unattended children in front of a TV or using a device connected to the internet.

#9 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-01-17 03:49 PM | Reply

What's wrong with unattended children. I used to ride my bike to the library, read, and take a book home.

The immediate jump to "OMG, a kid all alone!!!" Is part of the problem

Let kids learn how to move around the world on their own sometimes.

#10 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2020-01-18 07:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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Experience is where wisdom comes from. Hiding the world from kids just leaves them unprepared.

#11 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-01-18 08:26 AM | Reply

--Let kids learn how to move around the world on their own sometimes.

Times have changed.
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#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-18 10:23 AM | Reply

" I completely agree, Danni, but that sword swings both ways."

Baloney. We aren't trying to gain the right to dictate which books you, your kids or anyone else get to see at the public library, we just don't want Bible thumping morons to think they have the right to do that.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-18 02:00 PM | Reply

This is were small government republicans (do they still call themselves that?) want a nanny state.

Abdicate the role of the parents and hand it off to the state.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-01-18 02:15 PM | Reply

#13 Don't be obtuse. Open your mind. This is about more than books. Speech on campus, posts on social media, certain words and phrases on some news aggregators that allow readers to retort, valedictorian speeches, the list goes on and all are being censored. It doesn't even have to be speech that offends a large group...it just has to disagree with woke groupthink. Censorship is more than preventing people from reading published works...it's also preventing those works from being created in the first place.

#15 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-18 04:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Owners of private spaces have the right to limit speech. The government doesn't.

Now do kneeling during the anthem. Two men exchanging marriage vows. CDC researching gun injuries. Climate change databases....

#16 | Posted by bored at 2020-01-19 03:53 AM | Reply

I agree with most people here, but grooming children is still a crime. A quarter of the children getting gender re-assignment are autistic. Look at who created the Tavistok Institute and why.

#17 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-01-19 07:02 PM | Reply

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