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Sat Feb 29, 2020, 04:41 AM

Librarians Could Be Jailed and Fined Under a Proposed Censorship Law

A bill pending in Missouri’s legislature takes aim at libraries and librarians who are making “age-inappropriate sexual material” available to children.

The measure, championed by Ben Baker, a Republican lawmaker, calls for establishing review boards who would determine whether materials in libraries contain or promote “nudity, sexuality, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse.” In addition, the boards, which would be comprised of parents, would root out materials lacking “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

Librarians who defy the review boards by buying and lending such materials would be subject to misdemeanor charges, fines upward of US$500, and a potential jail sentence up to one year.

As a librarian, and now as an educator who teaches aspiring librarians, I see this bill as the latest chapter in a long history of books being banned from public and school libraries.

Read more: https://www.towleroad.com/2020/02/librarians-censorship-law/

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Reply Librarians Could Be Jailed and Fined Under a Proposed Censorship Law (Original post)
TexasTowelie Feb 2020 OP
safeinOhio Feb 2020 #1
The Genealogist Feb 2020 #5
Cartoonist Feb 2020 #2
no_hypocrisy Feb 2020 #3
dhill926 Feb 2020 #8
sinkingfeeling Feb 2020 #4
Freedomofspeech Feb 2020 #6
murielm99 Feb 2020 #7

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 04:50 AM

1. Where is the burn pile?

You can’t be serious.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:08 AM

5. Have you been to Missouri?

Sounds like par for the course to this Missourian. Always some kind of authoritarian bullcrap masquerading as "family values." The main fear is that people will learn that other people whose lives are different from their own have value, too.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 05:59 AM

2. Put the Bible on the list.

Nudity, incest, sadomasochistic torture, it's all there.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 07:36 AM

3. "Chaucer!" "Rabelais!" "Balzac!"

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 05:24 PM

8. Hah! Perfect....

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 07:59 AM

4. Why can't people be free to make their own choices? Because

Republicans can't mind their own business.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 08:13 AM

6. As a high school librarian I would always celebrate Banned Book Week...

I would display all the banned books I had in the library. One year I had a school board member's daughter pose with the display for an article in the local newspaper. He was not thrilled.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 10:18 AM

7. This would not be the first time

such a law has been proposed. Libraries need to have circulation policies and boards who will back them up.

Also, the ALA will help. They try to keep libraries appraised of such laws and how to fight them.

They give a free speech award. Frank Zappa is one of the prominent winners of that award.

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