Again another Christian attempt to force everyone to live by the doctrines of their religion. They do not care about other parents wishes, LGBTQ+ kids who need to information or see someone like themselves in stories. They do not care about religious people who have different views from them. They only crave the power to oppress those you do not like. Hugs
How would that even work? Baker lays it all out in the bill: Public libraries would have to create a five-member “parental library review board,” via an election, for a two-year term. Those parents would get to decide what’s “age-inappropriate sexual material.” Kids would then be blocked from checking out whatever books are on their list.
If librarians violate any of these rules, they would be subject to a fine of up to $500 or a year in jail.
In theory, then, a heavily Christian community could elect a board that says books featuring LGBTQ characters are “inappropriate.” And then if librarians allow kids to check out Heather Has Two Mommies or I Am Jazz — books meant to help kids understand LGBTQ identities — they would be severely punished for it.
All because a group of conservative parents with sticks up their asses decide to play censor instead of letting kids follow their own curiosity or deferring to the wisdom and expertise of professional librarians.
This isn’t the first time Baker’s had a dumb idea. Years ago, he tried defending a giant Christian cross on public property. Last year, he pushed for Bible classes in school. That bill passed the State House but not the State Senate.
Now, rather than calling for book-burning, he’s just trying to find a loophole that allows Christian bigots to block kids from learning more about topics he doesn’t like.
Knowledge is power. Unless you’re a Christian like him, in which case, it’s the enemy.