Problem: School library’s full of dirty books.
Obvious solution: Get rid of the dirty books.
That was the decision that recently faced the school board in the Keller (Texas) Independent School District. There was a big flap over it last year, three conservatives got elected to the board, they adopted a new policy for reviewing school library books, and the board voted 7-0 to remove the bad books from the shelves.
To get rid of “Gender Queer,” among others, they also banned the Bible, thinking to pre-empt bellyaching by liberals, and somehow appease them. “Conservatives” always try to do that. No such luck! All they succeeded in doing was suggesting that the Bible, God’s word, the founding document of our civilization–and the Truth!–is in some way equal to sodomite “how to do it” tracts.
There was the usual complaining about an “extremist Christian nationalist school board.” Uh, yeah… Christian nationalists who ban the Bible. But straw men are like cartoon characters: they can walk on the ceiling if you want them to. Oh–and “students’ First Amendment rights,” too. We all know by now what these people think of free speech.
No library anywhere is big enough to contain all books. Some will always be left out. It’s not that they’re stopping you from reading them. They just had to make choices of what to have on their shelves and what to leave off.
“Gender Queer” seems like a pretty good thing to leave off the shelves, don’t you think?