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Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:08 AM

Missouri Republican pushes bill that could jail librarians for handing out 'inappropriate' books

The Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act (HB 2044) was introduced into the Missouri House of Representatives by Rep. Ben Baker (R) on January 8. Baker, who is the former Dean of Students at Ozark Bible Institute and College and is also a minister and missionary.

If the bill passes, library personnel face potential $500 fines and prison terms of up to one year if they “willfully” violate provisions established in the measure. And if this bill becomes law, libraries may lose all of their funding.

And the law raises concerns among organizations that work to defend freedom of expression.

“This is a shockingly transparent attempt to legalize book banning in the state of Missouri,” said James Tager, deputy director of free expression research and policy for PEN America, a nonprofit that works to defend free speech. “This act is clearly aimed at empowering small groups of parents to appoint themselves as censors over their state’s public libraries. Books wrestling with sexual themes, books uplifting LGBTQA+ characters, books addressing issues such as sexual assault — all of these books are potentially on the chopping block if this bill is passed.”


[link:https://deadstate.org/missouri-republican-pushes-bill-that-could-jail-librarians-for-handing-out-inappropriate-books/|]

Hell, why don't they go the whole hog...



Freedom stealers. Theocratic takers. If they get their way they will end up as bad as ISIS

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”

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Soph0571 Jan 2020 OP
Iliyah Jan 2020 #1
jberryhill Jan 2020 #3
superpatriotman Jan 2020 #2
malaise Jan 2020 #4
PandoraAwakened Jan 2020 #5
Wawannabe Jan 2020 #6

Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:10 AM

1. Sounds like Germany 1940's . . .

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:22 AM

3. Also heavily populated by Evangelical Christians

 


People seem to forget what was the majority religion of Hitler’s Germany.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:12 AM

2. I blame the voters of Missouri

Not him

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:39 AM

4. You will read what I want you to read

Fuck off theocrat

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 08:44 AM

5. Axiom of our times...wait for it...

Has anyone else ever noticed how everytime we see one of these mega-church bible-thumpers in the news for shit like this, we can pretty much start a countdown clock from there to the inevitable next major headline:

3, 2, 1...

"Minister Leading Book Banning Effort Arrested Today on Pedophilia Charges"

BAM! You know I'm right.

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Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:27 AM

6. This kind of shit is why

I got the hell outta that state.

2016 saw the entire state go red. No one at the national level helped keep Claire McCaskill in her seat and the rest is history.

The Democratic party has no offices in rural MO - even Springfield where I moved from did not staff an office. Had one, but no one was home. For so many years we had at least one Dem Senator and would also elect a Dem gov. It’s all red now and even the two biggest cities which tend blue can’t turn the tide back.

That state is lost.

This is the DU member formerly known as Wawannabe.

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