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School district pulls gay-themed book

UPI – “A South Jersey school district has banned from its library one of three gay-themed books attacked by a right-wing group. The Rancocas Valley Board of Education said at a meeting Tuesday night that “Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology” included some obscene material, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The board oversees a regional high school for students in the Mount Holly area.”

One Response to “School district pulls gay-themed book”

  1. Dan Kleinman
    May 6, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    I know something about this case.

    The article was written in a biased fashion. Neither the gay theme nor the right wing are relevant to the Board’s decision. However, this media source and almost all the others chose to portray it as such for obvious reasons.

    In reality, the Board considered and applied the criteria in Board of Education v. Pico. As a result, one book was removed but not two others.

    In reality, libraries often censor out books about homosexuality if those books are about “ex-gays.”

    In reality, right wing is irrelevant as “left wing” people and groups also support protecting children from inappropriate material. Naomi Wolf comes to mind, so does Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

    In reality, the US Supreme Court said, “The interest in protecting young library users from material inappropriate for minors is legitimate, and even compelling, as all Members of the Court appear to agree.” US v. ALA, 2003.

    So, LibraryStuff, I totally understand why you called this post “School District Pulls Gay-Themed Book.” The media has misled you.

    A truthful title would say, “School District Applies Pico to Remove Book.” But the media is having a field day changing things to favor one point of view–the side seeking to convince the community to nullify the Pico case.

    I am 100% certain the ALA will target the Parker McKay law firm and convince some of them to enter the ALA’s PICO reeducation camp.

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