Books First, Witches Later

Oh my:

In a scene which appears to have been lifted straight out of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a group of Christians in Wisconsin has launched a legal claim demanding the right to publicly burn a copy of a book for teenagers which they deem to be “explicitly vulgar, racial [sic], and anti-Christian”.

The offending book is Francesca Lia Block’s Baby Be-Bop, a young adult novel in which a boy, struggling with his homosexuality, is beaten up by a homophobic gang. The complaint, which according to the American Library Association also demands $120,000 (£72,000) in compensatory damages for being exposed to the book in a display at West Bend Community Memorial Library, was lodged by four men from the Christian Civil Liberties Union.

Their suit says that “the plaintiffs, all of whom are elderly, claim their mental and emotional well-being was damaged by this book at the library,” and that it contains derogatory language that could “put one’s life in possible jeopardy, adults and children alike.”

Enjoy the rest of this heartwarming story here.

2 Responses to “Books First, Witches Later”

  1. Jamie Mason Says:

    “These words can permeate violence.”

    I’m not sure that these words, in this order, actually mean anything. Either The Guardian’s editors are slipping or the CCLU lawyers are dopes.

    I hope it’s the latter.


  2. William Haskins Says:

    this whole thing is mind-boggling.

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