Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Warning! Reading "Baby Be-Bop" May Damage Your Mental Well-Being

Man, this book-banning article is cracking me up for some reason (why are there so many of these lately??):

Ginny Maziarka, 49, said the books in the section of the library aimed at children aged 12 to 18 included homosexual and heterosexual content she thought was inappropriate for youths.

She and her husband also asked the library to obtain books about homosexuality that affirmed heterosexuality, such as titles written by "ex-gays," Maziarka said.

"All the books in the young-adult zone that deal with homosexuality are gay-affirming. That's not balance," she said.

Sounds reasonable! So, does anyone know an anti-gay YA book written by an ex-gay? Just asking... Also, since balance is the goal, can we please legally obligate librarians to also stock up on pro-date rape books? I want to make sure the kids in my life know all sides of the issue.

Meanwhile:

Outside West Bend, the fight caught the attention of Robert Braun, who, with three other Milwaukee-area men, filed a claim against West Bend calling for one of the library's books to be publicly burned, along with financial damages.

The four plaintiffs -- who describe themselves as "elderly" in their complaint --- claim their "mental and emotional well-being was damaged by [the] book at the library."

The claim, unconnected to the Maziarkas, says the book "Baby Be-bop" -- a fictional piece about a homosexual teenager -- is "explicitly vulgar, racial and anti-Christian."

Baby Be-Bop, of all things! Who knew such a sweet, poetic 80-page book had the power to force fragile adults to read it against their will.

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