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Wed Dec 6, 2023, 04:07 PM Dec 6

PA School Board President sworn in on a stack of frequently banned books instead of Bible [View all]

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BREAKING: MAGA fans screech bloody murder after a Philadelphia school board president chooses not to be sworn in on the Bible — swearing instead on a stack of books that are frequently banned by right-wing fanatics.

And that's not even the best part...

Central Bucks president Karen Smith's oath is going viral, with Democrats loving it and Republicans throwing one of their trademark fits. Her bold stand against local Republican board members who tried to ban "sexualized content" is becoming a rallying cry for pro-education advocates.

"The Bible doesn’t hold significant meaning for me," said. "The banned books, they do mean something to me."

Smith ascends to the presidency of a Democratic-led board after Republicans controlled it for two years. During that disastrous stretch, they banned two books and might have banned sixty more.

On top of that, the conservative radicals banned staff from advocating "partisan, political or social policy issues" to students, which in practice just means anything that Republicans don't like.

At the top of the stack of books Smith swore on was "Night," the Holocaust autobiography of Elie Wiesel.

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation,” Smith said. "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Also included in the pile was "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, "Lily and Dunkin" by Donna Gephart, "All Boys Aren’t Blue" by George M. Johnson, "Flamer" by Mike Curato, and "Beyond Magenta" by Susan Kuklin.

Most infuriating to conservatives, Smith is a former Republican who abandoned the party because she believes its "lost its way."

She could not be any more right.

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