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opinion | Why everyone digs the Bannings book

But behind the hype and headlines, banners and advocates rejoiced at the war on books. The culture war to ban certain books from curricula and libraries provides conservatives with a useful emotional wedge to excite their base. He helps them find candidates for lower positions and collect donations for the movement. Engagement does the same for the left. In many areas, liberals have fought this war before, and they come to it with an arsenal full of well-proven arguments. They tell conservatives that knowledge is not dangerous, and the danger is censorship of knowledge.

Encounters always make both audiences smugly complacent. Conservatives warn that the slippery slope begins with the idea that exposure to “obscene” literature will taint their children’s souls and that LGBTQ material will direct them to become gay, lesbian, transgender, or non-binary, or even tempted by a teacher. Liberals—who worry about state overreach only when conservatives are in charge—oppose this book ban infringes First Amendment rights to freedom of thought and expression. They say banning books limits discourse and hampers mental development. And besides, what’s so bad about being gay? These attitudes, of course, evaporate conservatives and give them an opportunity to denounce the Lib as immoral meddlers who want to corrupt and corrupt their children. Liberals respond by treating conservatives as illiterate idiots who believe Moby Dick It was a pornographic novel written by Henry Miller at an orgy celebration. The cycle of induction, accusations and denunciations spins like a vortex.

For all the performative energy that has been poured into the conflict, no party has ever succeeded in moving the case very far from the reference point of the 1982 Supreme Court decision in Island Trees School District vs. Pico. The court ruled that students have a First Amendment right to read and be informed. Banning a book from the school library because of what you say violates this right. “[L]The court said that local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they do not like the ideas contained in those books and seek through their removal to describe what ought to be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.” If the book is judged as “widespread vulgar” it can be permanently not engraved.However, schools have more Freedom to act when it comes to taking away books of reading required or placed in campus libraries, to begin with. The game is always in full swing to get books out of readability, so the struggle over which titles to be assigned won’t end until the Supreme Court issues a new ruling.

The status quo makes everyone happy. Or should that leave everyone unhappy but fully engaged, and therefore unhappy but satisfied? Depending on their introductions, one group of parents must vent their stress on their children’s schools that are dens of corruption and brainwashing. The other group imagines themselves as free thinkers and guardians of the light against the forces of darkness. The hype makes both sides sure they are preventing a media catastrophe that would spoil our children.

The battle over book bans would be all the more troubling if parents, especially banners, paid more attention to media than to books at school. Broadcast television dramas, which are freely consumed by millions of students, are making more efforts to inform them of sexual choices than “progressive” approaches. Each banned book can be purchased from Barnes and Noble, ordered on Amazon, or borrowed from a friend if it is not available at your local library. Any kid over the age of 12 with access to a computer and a browser can consume more soft, medium, and hard erotica than a 1970s porn store owner, and these kids will likely tell you more about types of sexual expression than your average your Kinsey Institute Specialized in a scientific field. The lack of an organized protest of television or the web (or defenses of the material on them) tells you all you need to know about how seriously textbook banners are.

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