Second library removes gay book

Courier-Post – “A gay-themed book, which was pulled from a local high school’s library after a resident objected to its content, has also been yanked from Burlington County’s library system. The county system’s decision to remove “Revolutionary Voices,” an anthology of first-person works by gay youths, was made quietly in the spring. But it’s now stirring an online furor with the release of e-mails on the issue by the county’s library director, Gail Sweet. “How can we grab the books so that they never, ever get back into circulation?” Sweet asked in one e-mail to a library employee. “Copies need to totally disappear (as in not a good idea to send copies to the book sale).” And when another librarian asked why the award-winning book was being removed, Sweet responded with two words: “Child pornography.”

2 Responses to “Second library removes gay book”

  1. Dan Kleinman
    August 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    I know from direct experience that the story has been intentionally distorted by the ACLU. Please see “Et tu, Mary Minow? Then Fall, Gail Sweet!

  2. Dan Kleinman
    August 13, 2010 at 12:42 am #

    “On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn’t fit your material selection policy, get it out of there.”??

    Marking 25 Years of Banned Books Week,” by Judith Krug (of the ALA), Curriculum Review, 46:1, Sep. 2006.

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