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Eugene

(62,172 posts)
Thu Oct 19, 2023, 08:58 PM Oct 2023

Democrat at House hearing on banned books: 'This is the US Congress'

Source: The Hill

Democrat at House hearing on banned books: ‘This is the US Congress’

BY LYDIA MCFARLANE - 10/19/23 3:41 PM ET

Rep. Aaron Bean (R-Fla.) started Thursday’s House Education subcommittee hearing on book bans with a warning.

“Before getting started, I would like to make a disclaimer that we are going to be handling some very sensitive, mature issues today. We will be discussing wildly inappropriate books that are accessible in school libraries,” he said.

The hearing of the subcommittee on elementary and secondary education, chaired by Bean, reflected similar debates playing out in school board hearings across the country, where proponents of book bans often point to sexual content to make their point.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), the committee’s ranking member, reminded the witnesses, all but one whom supported book bans, of the setting for Thursday’s discussion.

“I’ll note that this is the U.S. Congress and not a school board meeting,” she said.

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Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4265446-banned-books-hearing-congress/

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Democrat at House hearing on banned books: 'This is the US Congress' (Original Post) Eugene Oct 2023 OP
Don't these clowns have to READ the book to decide they're "offensive" before they try to ban it? bucolic_frolic Oct 2023 #1
the same congress where they discussed... bahboo Oct 2023 #2
These people are nuts. intheflow Oct 2023 #3

bucolic_frolic

(44,561 posts)
1. Don't these clowns have to READ the book to decide they're "offensive" before they try to ban it?
Thu Oct 19, 2023, 09:04 PM
Oct 2023

How come THEY can read the books but the rest of America can't?

Oh. Because THEY said so. SO they are dictators and censors, Nazi style.

intheflow

(28,618 posts)
3. These people are nuts.
Fri Oct 20, 2023, 09:31 AM
Oct 2023

It's okay for a 12-year-old to carry her rapist's child to term but lord forbid that same child have access to books about safe sex. And also, what makes them think it's acceptable for them to impose their Puritan "ideals" on everyone? No one is forcing their child to read GenderQueer. Meanwhile, there are plenty of Puritanical and racist books - referred to as "classics" - still available in school libraries everywhere. My question for these folks is, "So you admit you can't control your own children so you need to control everyone else's?"

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