Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Update: West Bend Reconsideration of Library Materials

Link to March 31 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, "West Bend couple circulate petitions to remove library books they consider obscene".

Excerpts: A West Bend couple are circulating petitions this week asking the [West Bend] community library's board to remove books they consider to be obscene or child pornography from a section designated "Young Adults."

The books should be reclassified and placed in a restricted area requiring parental approval prior to being released to a child, Ginny Maziarka said. Also, such material should be labeled with a warning about its content, she said.

The petition drafted by Maziarka and her husband, Jim, also asks the Library Board to balance its collection of books about homosexuality with books "affirming traditional heterosexual perspectives" that are faith-based or written by "ex-gay" authors.

The couple object to "the overt indoctrination of the gay agenda into our community youth," Ginny Maziarka said.

And then there's Ginny's definition of pornography: Any sexual activity that is spelled out explicitly, even crudely.

1 comment:

Me. Here. Right now. said...

That's the rub, isn't it? Ginny seems to think she gets to decide what is pornographic, what is prurient, and what youth can or cannot handle. I thought that was my job as a parent to decide these things for my own children.

Her virulently anti-gay associations indicate to me that she may not be the helpful citizen she wants us to think.