posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Sunday, October 02, 2005
Fayetteville Leftists’ Victory on Library Books Potential Catastrophe The leftists have loudly reveled in their supposed victory in getting the Fayetteville School District to overturn its prior decision to restrict access to three sexually explicit books librarians had purchased. (If you haven't seen these pornographic pictures/excerpts, the link is: http://www.wpaag.org/BooksLegPkgPictExcerpts.htm )After the board action a friend of mine received the following gloating e-mail from someone she didn't even know: "Laurie Taylor has absolutely failed in her effort to censor books in the Fayetteville school libraries. None of the 55 books she lists on the www.wpaag.org site can possibly be used to achieve a court ruling in favor of removing them from school library shelves—none of them. If she continues in her fight against the Fayetteville schools, she will lose. Her base is exclusively among extremist Christians, who manifestly comprise an ineffective minority in this town. They can complain all they like, and they will be ignored. They can make all sorts of efforts to change the culture via Biblical principles, and they will lose. Find another cause to champion. This one is lost." However, here is really what is happening and why this celebrated victory will result in great loss to the ultra liberals. As usual the only way they can accomplish their goals is through deceit and hiding the truth, in this case - the books. But Pandora's box has now been opened. Even most liberals are shocked by this material. One reporter, after accessing this smut from a newspaper office, expressed shock to a legislator on the phone saying he couldn't look at the pictures at work because he would get fired. This battle is not restricted to Fayetteville. It has become a national issue. Thousands and thousands of parents have now been alerted to the types of books that are in some school libraries. Thousands have been alerted to the American Library Association's agenda, which supports unrestricted access to pornographic material for even the youngest children. Thousands of librarians in many states are now checking their shelves to make sure they don't wind up with the negative publicity the Fayetteville librarians have received. Legislators are already working on various laws about this issue that they can introduce next session. National conservative legal groups across the nation are offering their services for lawsuits against the district. People across the state will force the politicians to take sides because 90% of the people in Arkansas do not want their children having access to this kind of material. More and more parents across the nation are considering home schooling or private schooling, and this event will motivate them all over the nation to do just that rather than have their children’s minds corrupted. As more parents realize that school districts do not respect parents' values or their desire to control what their own children are exposed to at school, they will continue to vote down millage increases. The Fayetteville administration may think they have won, but they have really lost! Even the liberal Arkansas Times had this to say about the Fayetteville library controversy, "That there hasn’t been more controversy over 'objectionable' books in school libraries is likely because most parents didn’t know what was in the books. Taylor has let the cat out of the bag with her posting of excerpts. Many people, not all of them religious conservatives, are made uncomfortable by the thought of this material in their children’s hands and minds, and without even parental notice. Taylor gained support from some elements of the media, which is often accused of being leftist and usually opposed to censorship." "Once the opposition to “dirty” books in the schools is fully aroused, says the Arkansas Times, "the issue, like abortion, may be one for which there is no compromise. And, as with abortion, the opponents of censorship may find themselves turning more and more to the federal courts for protection. Those courts are sympathetic at the moment, but George Bush is not through appointing judges." Read this Arkansas Times article by Doug Smith 9/29/05, "Cleaning Up the Shelves" at this site: http://www.arktimes.com/Articles/ArticleViewer.aspx?ArticleID=4f5f48c1-689c-4a7c-810f-551093532413 I am a teacher, and this material sickens me, as does the action by this district, which has cast a shadow over our profession. I would add that never have school library books this pornographic and obscene been challenged before, and Arkansas has much tougher laws on pornography than do most other states. I think these so-called winners are gloating way too soon. Iris StevensJonesboro, ARistevens@inet-direct.com
Iris,You and Debbie and everyone irritated by the books in question have an easy solution. The State's Attorney General spelled it out in his opinion on the matter. First, to have the books in question ruled "pornographic" under state law, a concerned citizen will have to bring suit in county court -- after all, the definition of pornography has a lot to do with "community standards." A jury and the court will them consider the work in its entirety before issuing a ruling. That's the place you can start -- with your county prosecutor and attorneys. Care to hire a legal-eagle and join the battle, or would you rather complain?
I think they have spoken to the county prosecutor. He is on record as saying he does not want to prosecute. If we had a prosecutor that would enforce the law evenhandedly then we should go that route. With this guy, people who have an outward veneer of respectablity can do things that a less polished person could not get away with in Washington County.I think it is going to be a long drawn out hearts and minds struggle. To call that "complaining" is too dismissive. We need to win a series of elections. School Board mainly, but also perhaps for prosecutor.
It wouldn't hurt if Christians began to apply alittle discernment as to where they do business in light of the activists and school board members who have opposed them. Is there a list somewhere of these activists and school board members and their employers and businesses? I am not necessarily advocating a boycott, just discernment. Perhaps politely informing their employer of your displeasure with their school board activities.
http://www.nwanews.com/story.php?paper=adg§ion=Editorial&storyid=130473Hey, I have an idea. Why don't we go back for no particular reason and kick the crap out of a person while they are down. Classy, really classy of George Arnold.Laurie, you're a sweetheart. Don't let it all get you down. George Arnold has demonstrated that he is nothing more than a hateful eel. Don't return his calls, you have plenty of reporter than although they may not agree with you....they will treat you with the dignity and respect that NORMAL human beings grant to one another.George Arnold has demonstrated an unimaginable lack of professionalism.
Good idea about IDing the interests of the school board members. Laurie and Debbie, I presume you know this stuff. Let us know!
Where is Laurie or Debbie? Are they beat? Have they given up? Or have they just sold out? Since they, won't go there, I guess I will. Here is one of the vocal supporters of pornography for children in the school libraries.Kathleen Whitehead Paulson, MDObstetrics & GynecologyI wonder who has more children? The Christians concerned about this issue, or the pro-pornography crowd?Does anyone else know others? Who are the school board members and who do they work for? Isn't one of them associated with that jewelry store on Dickson Street?
Actually, one of the ladies from the Underwoods family is on the side of good in this fight.
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