Yesterday, I came across this article from Kentucky about two librarians who decided they would refuse to give a tween a book because they decided it was “pornographic”. Today, I decided to read Tom Shales, even though I don’t like him and think he should not write about TV when he seems to hate the medium, and see he is mad at Syfy for showing scary movies that could damage children. It appears that we have regressed to the days of Tipper Gore when others have decided parents are too stupid, too apathetic or too busy to parent so they have to do it for them. I am a parent and there are movies, books, etc. I consider inappropriate for my children, but I am the one to make that call. Not everyone has the same values and beliefs. You do not have the right to force yours on others. If you don’t like it don’t read it, watch it or listen to it and have your kids do the same but don’t try to make others do the same.
UPDATE: Just found this article via Google Reader: Someone crossing “dirty words” out of books in the library
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