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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:20 PM
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Christian group sues for right to burn gay teen novel
Christian group sues for right to burn gay teen novel

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jun/12/christian-g...

Lawsuit also claims Francesca Lia Block's Baby Be-Bop 'constitutes a hate crime'

In a scene which appears to have been lifted straight out of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a group of Christians in Wisconsin has launched a legal claim demanding the right to publicly burn a copy of a book for teenagers which they deem to be "explicitly vulgar, racial , and anti-Christian".

The offending book is Francesca Lia Block's Baby Be-Bop, a young adult novel in which a boy, struggling with his homosexuality, is beaten up by a homophobic gang. The complaint, which according to the American Library Association also demands $120,000 (72,000) in compensatory damages for being exposed to the book in a display at West Bend Community Memorial Library, was lodged by four men from the Christian Civil Liberties Union.
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Lorax7844 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:23 PM
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1. k and r
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:26 PM
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2. take "novel" out of your title and
it'll cut right to the heart of these people.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:34 PM
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3. They probably agree with the "beating up" part
Isn't it amazing how they always use violence to deal with things they don't like- shooting, bombing, beating, setting things on fire.
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:42 PM
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6. That's what Jesus told them to do
...wasn't it?

Oh.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:35 PM
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4. Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.
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NOW tense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 06:40 PM
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5. WTF?
This is so ridiculous..... Christian Civil Liberties Union? What does that involve?
What's next suing for the Christian civil liberty of honor killing?
Perhaps maybe stoning?
I am so sick and tired of people who choose to live by a book that was written with the biases of centuries ago.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:05 PM
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9. WTF Indeed.
Christian Civil Liberties Union. :wtf:

Give me a break.
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mysuzuki2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:11 PM
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7. there are some real loonies up in West Bend
why does anyone think they have the right to get through life without being offended?
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 07:42 PM
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8. There is no law banning the burning books that I know of.
And there is no law protecting them from public outrage and consequences of their actions if they do so.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:17 PM
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10. They probably want to burn the book on the library shelf.
The collateral damage wouldn't bother them one bit.
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mrbarber Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-12-09 08:56 PM
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11. Christian Civil LIberties Union?
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-13-09 01:46 AM
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12. To quote the makers of Bureau 13
"Feel free to buy and burn as many copies as you like."

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