The left’s manufactured “book ban crisis” is shameless and unrelenting.
In a recent piece in The Atlantic, Ronald Brownstein proclaimed, “The Book-Bans Debate Has Finally Reached a Turning Point.” With the solemnity of a writer reporting on anti-totalitarian uprisings, Brownstein’s opening paragraph explains, “Across multiple fronts, Democrats and their allies are stiffening their resistance to a surge of Republican-led book bans.”
It seems that this writer and many others are taking a cue from Joseph Goebbels, chief propagandist for the Nazi Party, who once posited, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
No one is banning any books. The government is not destroying any reading material and imprisoning writers. What’s happening very simply is that parents and some school districts don’t want their children being exposed to books like Gender Queer, in which the protagonist says, “I can’t wait to have your c**k in my mouth — I’m going to give you the bl*w j*b of your life. Then I want you inside me.”
Also, parents may not want their children to have access to Jack of Hearts (and other parts) by L.C. Rosen. The author details the “unapologetically queer” sex life of a teenager in graphic detail. In City Journal, Dave Seminara writes that the book is full of pornographic content. “Big hairy muscled men love taking it up the *ss . . . And slim, makeup-wearing types? We love to f*ck and, in my case, getting f*cked too.” In another part of the book, a boy character says, “What I really get turned on by, is the idea of hurting (girls). Not like beating them or anything but spanking them, slapping them, making them wear collars and ball gags and ordering them around.”
Again, no one is for actually banning these books, no matter how perverse they may be. But parents do not want them in their children’s classrooms or school libraries. If schools allow this type of smut, why not stock Hustler or Penthouse magazines on the shelves? It should be noted that parents have the feds on their side. Federal law strictly prohibits the distribution of obscene matter to minors. “Any transfer or attempt to transfer such material to a minor under the age of 16, including over the internet, is punishable under federal law.”
In addition to complaining about attempts to remove dirty books from our schools, the anti-banning zealots try to make the case that books outside the porn realm are also on the chopping block. Perhaps the most strident outfit in the country is PEN America, a group that grandiosely claims that it “stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide.” The group reveals that from July 2021 to June 2022, their Index of School Book Bans lists 2,532 instances of individual books being banned.”
But Jay Greene, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, vehemently disagrees. While PEN America claims that many important books having nothing to do with sex have all succumbed to the book banners, Greene methodically destroys this assertion, writing, “Among the books that PEN America alleges were banned are classic works, such as Anne Frank’s Diary, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, The Color Purple, and To Kill a Mockingbird. In every school district in which PEN America alleges those books were banned, we found copies listed as available in the online card catalogue.”