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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:05 PM
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Florida woman uses keyword search -- "atheism," "abortion," etc. -- to call for book ban
Bookshelves of Doom recently covered the story of the woman in West Palm Beach Florida who challenged 80 books in her son's high school library. It's actually a fairly positive story according to this article, since the challenges were rebuffed initially and now on various appeals, but what I find really striking is how she went about finding books to challenge. No, she didn't stumble upon any of them in her son's school bag. Instead, she got geeky:

Lopez said the book challenges stemmed from a basic interest in the types of books in her sons' school libraries.

So, she went to the computerized card catalogue and typed in the keywords "homosexuality," "abortion" and "atheism." She was shocked by the dozens of titles that popped up.

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http://fluxnow.blogspot.com/2007/07/new-kind-of-library...
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northofdenali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:10 PM
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1. She must be one of the 48 South Floridians who voted for Bush.
If repukes get their way, Farenheit 451 won't be just great fiction.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:18 PM
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2. It'd be non-fiction -- and it'd be banned.
n/t
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:19 PM
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3. Ugh, can't we give these nazi's their own state which they can run on their own?
You know, clear one state and put all these nazi's in there and let's make that seperate from the rest of the US.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:21 PM
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4. The funny thing is that probably 75% of those books...
... are fundie screeds decrying atheism, abortion, and homosexuality.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 05:36 PM
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11. I doubt she's an "equal opportunity" book burner, though...
n/t
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ProgressiveEconomist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:21 PM
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5. Who'd have thought of using google books for an old-fashioned Inquisition?
This is a kind of downside of technology I'd never thought about before.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:53 PM
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9. No expects the Spanish Inquisition! (to be using Google, that is!)
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JacquesMolay Donating Member (413 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:24 PM
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6. No wonder Atheism is gaining in popularity...
... I keep seeing these books like 'The God Delusion' making bestseller lists - people don't want any association with people this stupid.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:28 PM
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7. does she think her son will catch the gay, become an atheist and have an abortion?
plenty of books i don't care for but i'm not interested and baning them or any other books.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 07:36 PM
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8. gotta give her credit it probably took her hours to search once she got the spelling correct...
given the freeper inability to spell...I am thinking it took at least a few hours...I bet she had to have a librarian help her too...
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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:59 AM
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10. .
:rofl:
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