Christian Group Sues for $120K and to Burn a Book

From the American Library Association:

Life grows more interesting by the day for officials of the West Bend (Wis.) Community Memorial Library. After four months of grappling with an evolving challenge to young-adult materials deemed sexually explicit by area residents Ginny and Jim Maziarka, library trustees voted 9–0 June 2 to maintain the young-adult collection as is “without removing, relocating, labeling, or otherwise restricting access” to any titles. However, board members were made cognizant that same evening that another material challenge waited in the wings: Milwaukee-area citizen Robert C. Braun of the Christian Civil Liberties Union (CCLU) distributed at the meeting copies of a claim for damages he and three other plaintiffs filed April 28 with the city; the complainants seek the right to publicly burn or destroy by another means the library’s copy of Baby Be-Bop. The claim also demands $120,000 in compensatory damages ($30,000 per plaintiff) for being exposed to the book in a library display, and the resignation of West Bend Mayor Kristine Deiss for “allow[ing] this book to be viewed by the public.”

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  1. hmm… i kept waiting for the punchline.
    i’m looking up baby be-bop now to see what the big deal is.

    oh its about a gay dude, no wonder all the hub-bub.

  2. The right to destroy public property because you don’t like it? Does that mean I can burn the traffic cams I pass on my morning commute? >:D

  3. My favorite part is that these people DIDN’T EVEN READ THE BOOK.

    If I lived in West Bend I’d be embarrassed about how my backwards neighbors were representing me.

  4. These people are a danger to free society. Their lawsuit should be laughed out of court. “Civil Liberties” my ass, they are behaving like spoiled children.

  5. Wait, the book exposed itself to them? Then it should clearly be in jail and on some sort of list.

    How about a special “Your parents wanted this book burned” section? That will probably turn kids away from it. I love the Banned Book Month at our local library.

  6. Wow. Who made them reach their grubby little paws out, take the book down from the shelf and READ IT? Oh wait, did they? Can they? Can I go in there and burn the Bible – I find it has offended MY civil liberties for FAR too long!!

  7. “Whah! They aren’t playing fair – being offended and starting frivolous lawsuits only works for liberals! Whah whah” LOL!

  8. “The American Civil Liberties Union sued two Tennessee school districts in federal court
    yesterday, claiming that the districts’ Internet filters unconstitutionally block students from accessing Web sites focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.”

    Well, looks like the culture warriors are focusing their forces on the young and vulnerable.
    This is typical of the GAY community. They seek to influence young people before their brain develops fully.

    I think any community has a right to “label” radical, fictional media to at least warn people that they are about to leave the real world and enter into the fantasies of the sick and perverted.

    And, since that community is supporting the library with their tax dollars then they have the right to make reasonable demands on the library. The library is a service to the public and some would say that making literature about the perversion of young people a dis-service.

    This is America where people are given the freedom to expose or not expose their children to the adult world of the perverse and twisted. The library is a public place and not within the domain of those that wish to foster and promote their illnesses as norms.

    Perhaps if the book were a true historical documentation of a real person and not the fictional musings of a twisted mind it could remain in the library in the “ADULT” section labeled to warn the potential reader of its content… Pornographic – for Adults Only!

  9. Isle, as far as i know, gays, lesbians and transgenders are people too, many of them are american citizens who work and pay taxes.
    Is it wrong for them to seek to change society to not be prosecuted and hated for being what they are? for loving another human being of the same gender?, is it wrong for people to try to stop this unjust treatment on their fellow citizens?.

    Supporting book burning? seriously?.

  10. You know, it’s always about “The Children” but it really comes down to the adults just needing a ruddy good shag.

    Watch “Footloose”. That’s how you have a decent dialogue.

    For FSM sake, talk to your children, not past them or over them. Keeping them in ignorance will only exacerbate the problem.

  11. @Isle Oracle: This works both ways.

    Well, looks like the RELIGIOUS warriors are focusing their forces on the young and vulnerable.
    This is typical of the CHRISTIAN community. They seek to influence young people before their brain develops fully.

    I think any community has a right to “label” radical, fictional media to at least warn people that they are about to leave the real world and enter into the fantasies of the sick and perverted.

    And, since that community is supporting the library with their tax dollars then they have the right to make reasonable demands on the library. The library is a service to the public and some would say that making [RELIGIOUS]literature about the perversion of young people a dis-service.

    This is America where people are given the freedom to expose or not expose their children to the BIBLICAL world of the perverse and twisted. The library is a public place and not within the domain of those that wish to foster and promote their illnesses as norms.

    Perhaps if the book were a true historical documentation of a real person and not the fictional musings of a twisted mind it could remain in the library in the “IDIOTS” section labeled to warn the potential reader of its content… RELIGIOUS – for IDIOTS Only!

    Also, as far as I’m aware, only Bigots, Nazis and really cold people burn books.

  12. As a retired high school teacher, I can tell you how difficult it is for young people who are gay. They have all kinds of questions, and few people they can trust. They need to be able to access these sites to help them in our intolerant society.

  13. isle oracle = troll bigot

    Why can’t people just realize that being gay is ok, and that it is only one of a large group of differences amongst all of humanity?
    Plus, if you explain to kids that some people are different in that way, then it’s no big deal when they grow up. Seriously…

    And about the library, just because you can’t read doesn’t mean you have to burn books.

  14. You don’t know what’s in the novel and therefore you are not able to judge the people who want to ban it. As far as you know it could contain hate literature against christians. Don’t judge if you don’t know.

    John 7:24 Do not judge by appearance, but judge with right judgment.”

    God Bless,

  15. So what if it did “contain hate literature against christians”? Your bible is packed with “hate literature” – do you want us to ban that, too?

    Anyway, what makes you people exempt from criticism and mockery? Your delusions?

  16. @Murdoch, did you failed to read the part where they where proposing to “publicly burn or destroy by another means” the book?, i mean, that’s almost a Godwin’s Law invocation.
    It is a novel of the “young adult” genre, basically that means the book is about teenagers and their problems, specifically in that book, a gay teenager, it will barely mention any church or religion (if it ever does). That’s about it.

    Now if you pick the old testament, now THAT is hate literature.

  17. To believe that something truly pornographic would slip through the censors, er, editors and publishers, at a major publishing house to be labeled mistakenly as “young adult” is really beyond belief. Publishing is not like the interwebs. Especially in the realm of publishing for children/young adults.

    Wait, I can sue to be able to burn things that don’t belong to me?!?! Why have I been wasting my life getting an education and working?

  18. Hey, Dave Murdoch, there’s a fundamental problem with your rationalizing these people’s desire to have a book banned. Can you not see that? It’s doubly amazing to me that this is lost on you, as your link takes me to a page with a book that YOU AUTHORED! So a writer is okay with censorship?

  19. Wow, my home town. And yeah, there’s some pretty backwoods-y people there (although they seem to be everywhere now).

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